The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe You’ll Ever Make!

 

Chocolate cake- the best

GRACE!

Some people were born to sing beautiful songs, write important stories, heal people with their hands… I was born to bake Chocolate Cake. I’m sure of it. Take a moment y’all. Check out this cake in all its glory & then read on… it’s calling your name. It’s grace from God in Cake form…Someone told me today that they love my writing. (Sweet, precious, Emily- I love you girl!) Specifically, she stated that I write exactly how I talk-which I replied:  “oh no!” She assures me that it’s a good thing though so, I’ma go with it.

To those of you who know me in real life and get to experience the often, passionate way I speak- you’re welcome? Haha. Seriously, I don’t know if it’s a good thing but, I have heard this before and I guess it’s just how I’m destined to blog. I think this ability comes in handy when you have to write about such a recipe as Chocolate Cake. Perhaps, the best dessert ever created to some. It’s definitely in my top five and hopefully, I can do it justice as I describe the rich, moist, decadent, chocolate goodness you’re going to be making soon!

This Chocolate Cake is one that impresses the folk who eat it. It’s good as dessert but, also good for breakfast & lunch & dinner if you choose. It’s stand in your kitchen and eat it right off the plate with a fork kinda good.

Let me add quickly this page may contain affiliate links but, that in no way costs you anything! I know by this point you’ve visited so many recipes that claim this title and you don’t have to believe me. I’ll just add that it’s moist beyond your dreams, it’s chocolaty and so rich that every single time moans and groans are heard when they take a bite. You can choose to not pin this recipe and make another one but, I will forever maintain that this cake is dreamy and life-changing good. You’ll be remembering how you forgot this way good Chocolate Cake once you bake that other one and it’s “meh”. I’ll totally be okay with saying “told ya so”. :)

 

The first thing I bought when I became serious about baking: an offset spatula. A sweet little small wooden handle spatula. I have half a dozen or so now in just this size alone and I can’t imagine decorating without one. You can see the one I use here:

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It may seem minor but, really is helpful because it’s a great quality and fits into my hands nicely which helps if I have a lot of cakes to decorate! So, back to this recipe- I need you to take a moment and just observe the creaminess of this buttercream tho….

Chocolate cake- the best

The last time I made this cake I remember just thinking how it was a shame that Chocolate Cake isn’t healthy. This would be something to consume daily if it wasn’t so so not great for us.

FYI & What Not & Notes You really should consider:

  1. The batter is very thin but, do not worry. It’s intentional & makes for a super moist cake. Be careful when placing into the oven for spillage.
  2. Ingredients matter guys- some recipes more than others but, most certainly in a chocolate based cake. Good flour & Cocoa make a massive difference. I promise!
  3. Don’t leave out the coffee- You will not taste coffee- I promise but, it’s necessary to pull out the notes in the chocolate.
  4. This is a fairly large cake. I think you can half it with no problem but, I wouldn’t. Definitely, use three 8 or 9-inch pans or four 6 inch pans.
  5. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand make your own. Put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the measuring cup first and measure until you reach the specific amount. Five minutes later you have glorious buttermilk. (I prefer this way!)
  6. Use good chocolate! Seriously, it makes a world of difference y’all.
  7. Same with chocolate sprinkles! Don’t buy those gross jimmies! Scroll down to find the only real chocolate sprinkles they make and you’ll never go back to those fake chocolates!
  8. Please make this cake for someone special. It’s great for dinner party treats & it’s even better for someone’s birthday.

Bonus: The cake itself can be completely mixed by hand! No mixer needed y’all!

Chocolate cake- the best

FYI & What Not on the Cake itself:

  • First, you’re going to gather all your ingredients because there are several and this will make life easier.
  • Sift together your dry ingredients. (Flour, Cocoa, Sugar, Baking Soda, Salt)
  • Add your buttermilk, eggs, & oil until combined. (Take your time- It’s kinda messy & you will be wearing it)
  • SLOWLY add the coffee into the side of the bowl at this point while mixing it  (This is a talent and I’ve yet to be able to do it on my Insta story!)
  • Add the Vanilla and thank Jesus for the grace that is this batter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or so depending on what size pan you’re using. Begin checking it at 35 minutes. Also, I rotate them after 20 minutes which is helpful for even baking.
  • Use same size pans. Some people really don’t see a different in sizes 8/9 but, there are! I recommend purchasing pan sizes in 3! I love this brand the most and they’re very affordable.

 

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Best Cocoa Powder ever: Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge known for its intense bittersweet flavor and fabulous results in baking! You can purchase it here:

 

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Chocolate Butter Cream Dreaminess: *Stand Mixer Suggested*

  • Place your butter in the mixer using the paddle attachment and you’re going to mix it for about 8 minutes on medium speed. The butter should get super pale & very creamy. There is also a super bad photo of this example below.
  • Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the remaining ingredients.
  • Beat for about 2 minutes on low & then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the slightly cooled melted chocolate & beat for about a minute on medium speed.
  • Tell your heart to calm down because as you can see above this is pure goodness and again, thank Jesus for the grace that is this frosting.

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The great thing about these sprinkles is they come in a large bag and last for a long time. They melt though because they’re real chocolate with no additives so store them properly!  Get these dreamy chocolate sprinkles right here:

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The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Make- I promise!

The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Make- I promise!

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 + 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 C rich coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Buttercream:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces milk chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled slightly
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled slightly

Instructions

  1. Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line 3 or 4 – 8” baking pans and set aside.( You can easily do 3 9 inch pans with this also)
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  4. Add in the vegetable oil, buttermilk, and eggs. Stirring until well combined.
  5. Slowly pour in the coffee down the side of the bowl while stirring it into the mixture. Stir in vanilla.
  6. The batter is thin- do not worry, it should be.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the cake pans for 20 minutes before turning out.
  8. Place parchment paper on cooling rack and turn the cakes out to finish cooling.
  9. For ease of assembly I put the cakes in the freezer 4 hours before I begin.

Literally, I have to pause as I’m writing this. This Chocolate cake is so good that it makes me sad when it’s gone. It’s also one of the best sellers in my baking shop & I’m so excited to share it. Please make it. If you can’t make it this week, please Pin it or Yum it and make it very soon. Come back and tell me all about it and how much your people drool over it.

All my love!

Jennifer

Chocolate cake- the best

Chocolate cake- the best

Chocolate cake- the best

 

The Best chocolate cake

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38 comments

  1. Jazmine says:

    Hi when you say a cup of coffee do you mean a cup of granulated coffee no water or a cup of ready made coffee in water? If so what is the ratio of coffee to water

    • Jennifer says:

      Hey Jazmine! It needs to be a full cup of coffee including the coffee grounds and water. So essentially, 1 cup of water is what you’ll be using and I sometimes pick up a small coffee at McDonalds or Starbucks or I even use a couple packs of instant coffee packets to the water to make a strong cup. I hope that helps, if not feel free to email me to talk about it more! jenniferbakesblog@gmail.com ! Hope you Make it soon! It’s so good!

  2. Jazmine says:

    Im making this cake tomorrow fingers crossed!!!by the way looks amazing. Do you use a dark cocoa to get your cake black?or is it a particular cocoa?

    • Jennifer says:

      Hey Jazmine! I use King Arthur Flour’s Black Cocoa powder for somethings but, I used Hershey’s Special Dark blend. It’s a mixture of Natural Cocoa and Dutch processed Cocoa. I can’t wait for you to make it! Please let me know how it comes out! Don’t stress because you will love it!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Yum! This looks amazing. I love the addition of coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor. My grandma used to always make chocolate cakes, so they are extra special to me because they make me think of her :) I’ll definitely try this!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Jennifer! You had me at “Chocolate Cake”! This recipe looks amazing and the frosting…to die for! If I hadn’t just made chocolate chip cookies I would be whipping it up this minute. I guess I will do the next best thing – pinning for tomorrow. :)

  5. Adrienne says:

    I love the way you talk about your cake and weave it into the recipe! I love to cook but only “like” to bake.you may turn me around – thank you (and my husband thanks you too, because I may make this cake!)

  6. Karlee says:

    I just wish I could taste this through the computer! I would settle for being able to smell it, okay I might just have to make it so I can taste and smell it myself!

  7. Jeri says:

    Oh my! This is the most perfect, moist and delicious chocolate cake! My eight-year old grandson and I made this cake for his little brother’s second birthday this week. It was AMAZING! Since we were using fondant to decorate the cake, I didn’t use the chocolate frosting. I made a salty marshmallow fluff frosting with crushed Oreos to fill in between the layers (three), but left some without the Oreos for the crumb coating. We all LOVED it. It’s 11pm and I just had a late night snack of cake and milk. Sweet dreams.

  8. renzi says:

    Ah! I just got done reading your post, it’s almost 12 am and now I want chocolate cake! LOL! This looks delicious and I love how you put notes for us just in case what we were doing didn’t look right.

  9. Joy says:

    I read this post a day or so ago, and still have visions of that cake floating in my head. That deep chocolate looks decadent all by itself, and exponentially so with that buttercream deliciousness. Definitely adding to my list of musts! :)

  10. Jamie Nicholls says:

    Ok, so now I just HAVE to make some chocolate cake! This sounds absolutely divine! I totally agree that quality ingredients are a must, so I think our family will be having some chocolate cake for our Thanksgiving dessert. Yum!

  11. Lori says:

    This looks and sounds absolutely define! I love the combination of chocolate and coffee. I’m gluten free and not a baker, but I bet you could totally just switch the all purpose flour out for a gluten free all purpose flour. :)

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