Paul Newman Cake


Paul Newman Cake: A Culinary Tribute to Iconic Flavor and Heartfelt Legacy”


In the world of desserts, there are creations that go beyond mere confections—they become cultural icons, etching their flavors into our memories and hearts. Among these, the Paul Newman Cake stands as a testament to the art of baking and the enduring legacy of a Hollywood legend. Join me on a heartfelt journey as we delve into the layers of this iconic cake, blending rich ingredients with the indomitable spirit of Paul Newman. This isn’t just a recipe; it’s a culinary tribute, a celebration of flavors that transcend time.

Ingredients: For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (the versatile canvas)
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (the sweet soul)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (the deep indulgence)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (the gentle rise)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (the airy lift)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (the balancing act)
  • 2 large eggs (the binding force)
  • 1 cup whole milk (the creamy connector)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (the moist whisper)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (the aromatic essence)
  • 1 cup boiling water (the transformative elixir)

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (the velvety conductor)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (the billowy cloud)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (the decadent cascade)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (the finishing touch)


  1. Versatile Canvas: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease two 9-inch round cake pans—the versatile canvas upon which the Paul Newman Cake masterpiece will unfold. Imagine the warmth of the oven inviting you into the baking journey.
  2. Sweet Soul: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt—the sweet soul of the cake. Picture the ingredients coming together, a harmonious blend that promises layers of indulgence.
  3. Deep Indulgence: Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients—the deep indulgence that transforms the mixture into a rich and luscious batter. As you mix, envision the velvety consistency taking shape, a promise of decadence.
  4. Gentle Rise: Gradually add boiling water to the batter—a gentle rise that enhances the texture and brings out the deep cocoa flavors. Visualize the steam rising as the boiling water meets the cocoa, creating a symphony of chocolate essence.
  5. Transformative Elixir: Mix the batter until smooth and pour it into the prepared cake pans—a transformative elixir that turns the batter into two layers of chocolate perfection. Imagine the pans cradling the potential for an iconic creation.
  6. Bake to Perfection: Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean—a journey to perfection where the aroma of chocolate fills your kitchen. Anticipate the moment when the cakes emerge with a delicate crumb and a tempting scent.
  7. Velvety Conductor: While the cakes cool, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, melt butter, then add heavy cream and bring it to a simmer—the velvety conductor orchestrating the creation of a rich chocolate cascade. Picture the ingredients melding into a sumptuous symphony.
  8. Billowy Cloud: Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in chocolate chips and vanilla extract—the billowy cloud of chocolate that blankets the cake layers. Envision the chocolate chips melting, creating a silky frosting that promises to envelop the cakes.
  9. Decadent Cascade: Allow the frosting to cool and thicken before spreading it generously between the cake layers and over the top and sides—a decadent cascade that transforms the cakes into a visual and flavorful masterpiece. Imagine each stroke of the spatula as an artist’s brush, creating a delicious masterpiece.

Cook Notes:

  • To enhance the chocolate flavor, consider adding a tablespoon of instant coffee or espresso powder to the dry ingredients.
  • For a nutty crunch, fold in chopped walnuts or pecans into the batter before baking.


  1. Caramel Symphony: Drizzle caramel sauce between the cake layers for a caramel symphony—a variation that adds a sweet and buttery note to the chocolate richness.
  2. Minty Overture: Infuse the frosting with peppermint extract for a minty overture—a variation that introduces a refreshing contrast to the decadent chocolate layers.
  3. Raspberry Rhapsody: Spread a layer of raspberry preserves between the cakes for a raspberry rhapsody—a variation that brings a fruity and tangy twist to the indulgent chocolate.

Keto Version:

  • Almond Flour Allegro: Replace all-purpose flour with almond flour and use a keto-friendly sweetener for the cake batter. For the frosting, substitute heavy cream with a keto-friendly alternative and use sugar-free chocolate chips. This almond flour allegro caters to low-carb preferences while preserving the essence of the Paul Newman Cake.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Coconut Flour Waltz: Use coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour and sweeten the batter with a low-carb sweetener. For the frosting, incorporate coconut cream and opt for sugar-free chocolate chips for a coconut flour waltz. This low-carb version offers a lighter alternative while maintaining the richness of the original.

As you slice into the layers of Paul Newman Cake, let the rich aroma and decadent flavors transport you to a place where Hollywood glamour meets the warmth of a home kitchen. This recipe isn’t just about baking; it’s about paying homage to a cinematic legend through the universal language of indulgent chocolate. May each bite be a journey through time, a connection to the joy of savoring life’s sweet moments. Happy baking, happy savoring, and may the Paul Newman Cake continue to be a symbol of timeless elegance and delicious nostalgia—a culinary legacy worth celebrating.



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