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This Chocolate Layer Cake is so moist and delicious. Great Chocolate Frosting Recipe included. Make it for your next Birthday Cake or dessert.


My daughter just turned 13. If you are counting, and we for sure are…that makes THREE teenagers and one pre-teen all under one roof. Things are getting interesting over here! I need chocolate…lots and lots of chocolate. It’s a good thing my daughter LOVES chocolate too. She requested a Chocolate Layer Cake for her birthday…and boy did this one deliver!


This is our very favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe. This cake is so delicious. It has a great Chocolatey taste and is so moist. I really don’t love the word “moist” but I have no other word to describe it. The frosting is also really tasty too. It has a great flavor and isn’t too sweet. Now, personally, I am not a big frosting fan. I prefer a little bit of frosting to cake ratio. But my daughter requested LOTS of frosting…so I tried to deliver.

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5 from 2 votes


Chocolate Cake Recipe

Servings 16 servings

Calories 846 kcal

Author Amy



  • 2cupsflour
  • 2cupssugar
  • 3/4cupcocoa powder
  • 2tspbaking soda
  • 1tspsalt
  • 2large eggs
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • 1cupvegetable oil
  • 1 1/2tspvanilla
  • 1cupboiling water


  • 1 1/4cupsbutter
  • 1 1/4cupsshortening
  • 9cupspowdered sugar
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 1cupcocoa powder
  • 4-5tbspmilk


  1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.

  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.

  3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.

  4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.

  5. Pour into three 8 inch cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comesclean.

  6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

  7. Make icing while cakes cool.

  8. Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.

  9. Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  10. Add vanilla and 1-2 tbsp water or milk and mix until smooth.

  11. Add another 5 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  12. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.

  13. Add milk until the right consistency.

  14. Place first layer of cake on cake plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.

  15. Add second layer of cake and add another 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.

  16. Add final layer of cake on top and ice the outside of the cake.

  17. Finish of with sprinkles or other decoration.

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Cake Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 846Calories from Fat 423

% Daily Value*

Fat 47g72%

Saturated Fat 26g163%

Trans Fat 3g

Cholesterol 61mg20%

Sodium 460mg20%

Potassium 200mg6%

Carbohydrates 111g37%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 92g102%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 504IU10%

Calcium 45mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This cake is so good, you might not want to wait for a special occasion to make it. I think I should have a slice every day…you know…to counteract having to live with THREE teenagers :).


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For the cake bunting, I simply cut some little triangles out of some fun scrapbook paper and taped them onto a piece of baker’s twine which I then tied to some bamboo skewers. Simply stick into the cake!


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About Amy

Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Never miss a creative idea that she shares by connecting with her here, or read more of her posts.

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  1. Chocolate Cake Recipe (8)The Idea Room Assistant says

    AsrtI, Yes.


  2. Chocolate Cake Recipe (9)Allyssa says

    Chocolate Cake Recipe (10)
    this chocolate layer cake is so delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe! Very helpful and will surely make it again!


    • Chocolate Cake Recipe (11)The Idea Room Assistant says

      Allyssa- Thank you!


  3. Chocolate Cake Recipe (12)Katie says

    Chocolate Cake Recipe (13)
    This is one of those recipes that you have to keep around for special occasions! A delicious classic.


  4. Chocolate Cake Recipe (14)Natalie says

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    The creamiest layers & most delicious taste! The cake is so moist & that frosting is creamy & melts in your mouth!


    • Chocolate Cake Recipe (16)The Idea Room Assistant says

      Natalie-So happy you liked it!


  5. Chocolate Cake Recipe (17)Kristyn says

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    Our family loves this cake!! Soft, rich & velvety. It’s one of our favorite birthday cakes!


    • Chocolate Cake Recipe (19)The Idea Room Assistant says

      Kristyn- We love it too!


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