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The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is the best chocolate cake recipe! It’s moist and fudgy and tastes the best with chocolate buttercream frosting! Add some sprinkles and enjoy with a big glass of milk! 

We celebrated my son’s 11th birthday this week. I cannot believe it has been 11 years of being a mother! They sure are right when they say the years will fly by!

Of course, I love making the kids their most favorite dessert for their special day. My son’s favorite is chocolate cake! 

He loves a real simple type of chocolate cake, nothing with bells and whistles. This Chocolate Cake recipe is right up his alley.

A big piece of chocolate cake on a white plate and red towel

It’s just perfect with a big glass of iced cold milk! It’s really easy too.

I am sure if you are a novice baker you too can create this delicious chocolate cake! In fact, I bet once you bake this best chocolate cake recipe you’ll see not only how easy it was to do, but how delicious it is too! 

How to make the best Chocolate Cake recipe:

If you scroll down, you will find I have included a printable recipe card for you with the full instructions and ingredient list.

You will need: 

unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 
sugar 
eggs, at room temperature 
vanilla extract 
all-purpose flour 
baking soda 
baking powder 
salt 
unsweetened cocoa powder 
boiling water
parchment paper 
3 8″ round cake pans 
large bowl
chocolate buttercream frosting

First things first: Grease and flour 3 8” round cake pans, then line bottom with round parchment paper. Set aside.

Next, cream together butter, white and brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. 

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa powder with hot water until well combined and no lumps remain.

Alternating between the two, slowly add dry ingredients and chocolate mixture to the bowl with the butter and sugar.

Mix on low speed to incorporate ingredients.

Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and place in a pre-heated oven.

Bake your chocolate cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Allow your cakes to cool for about 10 minutes before you transfer the cakes from the pans to a wire cooling rack.

Let the chocolate cakes cool on the wire cooling rack for another 15 minutes. 

Your chocolate cakes should no longer be warm to the touch when you frost the cake. 

Time-Saving Tip: Make the cakes the night before serving and cover the baking pans with foil or plastic wrap once cool to the touch. Cakes will be ready to frost the next day.

The best chocolate cake recipe with a big piece taken out on a red towel and white cake stand

How to assemble your chocolate cake

Let me suggest using my very best chocolate buttercream frosting recipe to ice this cake! 

To assemble the cake, place the first layer top-side down on a cake plate.

Add 1/3 of the frosting to the top of the cake layer and spread it out evenly.

Take the second layer and level off the rounded top with a knife or cake leveler.

Place the second layer on top of the first layer, top-side down. Add frosting to this layer and spread out evenly.

Repeat this with the 3rd layer, and spread the remaining frosting out on the top layer.

Slice and serve your chocolate cake immediately. Enjoy!

Best chocolate cake with a big piece taken out

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best chocolate cake recipe

best chocolate cake recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes 22 seconds
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 13 minutes 22 seconds

This is the best chocolate cake recipe! It's moist and fudgy and tastes the best with chocolate buttercream frosting! Add some sprinkles and enjoy with a big glass of milk! 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2½ c. granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 t. real vanilla extract
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ c. boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Grease and flour 3 8” round cake pans, then line bottom with round parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  5. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water in a medium bowl until well combined and no lumps remain.
  7. Alternating between the two, slowly add dry ingredients and chocolate mixture to the bowl with the butter and sugar.
  8. Mix on low speed to incorporate ingredients.
  9. Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and place in the pre-heated oven.
  10. Bake 22-28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for approximately 10 minutes before transferring the cakes from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely, approximately 10-15 more minutes.
  12. Cakes should no longer be warm to the touch before frosting.
  13. Make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipeTo assemble the cake, place the first layer top-side down on a cake plate.
  14. Add 1/3 of the frosting to the top of the cake layer and spread it out evenly.
  15. Take the second layer and level off the rounded top with a knife or cake leveler. Place the second layer on top of the first layer, top-side down.
  16. Add frosting to this layer and spread out evenly.
  17. Repeat this with the 3rd layer, and spread the remaining frosting out on the top layer.
  18. Slice and serve your chocolate cake immediately.

Notes

Time-Saving Tip: Make the cakes the night before serving and cover the baking pans with foil or plastic wrap once cool to the touch. Cakes will be ready to frost the next day.

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