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All Recipes, Desserts / July 9, 2021

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake | No Oven & Done in 15 Minutes

This 3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake, known in Spain as ¨Tarta de Chocolate de la Abuela¨, is truly one of the most incredible recipes that hail from Spain. It requires no oven and comes together in about 15 minutes.

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake has the most beautiful mouth-watering flavor, it´s above & beyond easy to make and it´s perfect for either dessert or a snack, next to a cup of coffee.

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake
What makes this cake so great is the simplicity of it. Made with just dark chocolate, milk and Maria cookies. You can use any cookies you like, but Maria cookies work best here.

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This cake is made by layering the ingredients. First the cookies and then the chocolate sauce. The secret? When you soak the cookies in the milk, give them 6 to 8 flips in the milk. Just enough to absorb but not get mushy. This gives the cake a better texture. 

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake

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5 from 7 votes

3 Ingredient Spanish Chocolate Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 1/2 cups organic milk 595 ml
  • 17 1/2 oz dark chocolate bar(s) 500 grams
  • 42 - 49 Maria Cookies


  • non-stick cooking spray


  1. Add 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) milk into a sauce pan and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. Meanwhile, cut the dark chocolate bar(s) into small pieces

  3. Once the milk comes to a light boil, reduce the heat to a low-medium heat, add in the pieces of chocolate, whisk together, after 2 to 3 minutes and all the chocolate is fully melted and you end up with a creamy chocolate sauce with no lumps, turn off the heat and set aside

  4. Line an 8-inch (20 cm) circular baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray

  5. Add 1 cup (240 ml) milk into a bowl, start coating the cookies, one at a time in the milk, between 6 to 8 flips in the milk, enough to absorb the milk but not get mushy, add into the baking tray, all in a single layer, once you add you first layer of cookies, pour in some of the chocolate sauce, just enough to cover the cookies, gently spread the chocolate so it covers the entire surface, continue to assemble your cake in this method until done, between 6 to 7 layers of cookies will do

  6. Once the cake is fully assembled, cover with saran wrap and add to the fridge between 3 to 4 hours

  7. After at least 3 to 4 hours, remove the cake from the fridge, gently remove from the baking pan and transfer into a serving dish, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Chris wheeler

    5 stars
    Made this with dark chocolate first time and found it bitter. Second time with milk chocolate and it was delicious. Made it with English Rich Tea biscuits. Definitely will make again.
    Love the website for other stuff as well.

    25 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      26 . Mar . 2024
  2. Anne-Marie

    5 stars
    This cake is fantastic and I’ve made it many times. I am getting ready for Christmas and would like to know how far in advance can I make it?
    Kind regards

    08 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      It will hold for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge 🙂 Much love

      09 . Nov . 2023
  3. Erika

    5 stars
    what is traditional about this recipe? my son made this for his spanish class but wanted to know some history about this cake

    11 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      It is a cake that grandmothers all over Spain have been making for many years, that is what makes it traditional 🙂 Much love

      13 . Jun . 2023
  4. Livia Bajdaun

    5 stars
    Delicious chocolate torta cake. Thank you, love your recipes.

    23 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      23 . Jan . 2022
  5. Emma

    5 stars
    Cake was awesome and yum !!!
    I could not get the chocolate to set any suggestions …

    29 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Try adding less milk so it stays thicker 🙂 much love

      29 . Aug . 2021
  6. laurelie Campeau

    5 stars
    I made this using some similar plain cookies I happened to have in the house along with chocolate squares that I had left (cooking) and threw in some leftover chocolate chip its I had for good measure. It was sensational, especially with vanilla ice cream. I will definitely use this as an impressive dessert for company, thanks so much!

    17 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      17 . Jul . 2021
  7. Susan

    5 stars
    It was the best non baking dessert we have had however we did add a bit of sea salt and chopped walnuts on top.

    15 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      That sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      15 . Jul . 2021
  8. Masooma

    Can i use milk choclate dairy milk

    12 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      12 . Jul . 2021
  9. Lauraine R Effress

    What is a Maria cookie?

    09 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      A style of Spanich cookie, link where you can get some on the post, or you can use any type of plain cookied you like 🙂 much love

      09 . Jul . 2021
  10. Ramya

    will be making this on sunday i never had spanish chocolate cake before i love chocolate soooooooooooo much perfect for my birthday on 19 September and after office snacks sorry i took a break from commenting on your recipes as busy with work will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    09 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Great to hear from you Ramya! Much love 🙂

      09 . Jul . 2021

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