Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 20 3 X 10" Round layers


  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour *I like to use Robin Hood
  • 4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 t Baking Soda
  • 2 t Baking Powder
  • 2 t Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder *Make sure to use a good quality
  • 2 Cups Buttermilk Make your own: 2T of white vinegar and fill up to 2 cup measuring line with 2% room temp milk. Stir and wait 10 mins before use.
  • 1 Cup Veg. or Canola Oil
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Strong Coffee *Simply add more coffee grains to the filter


  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a pot of strong coffee, enough to make 2 cups plus one for yourself!
  • Grease and line pans with parchment paper. This recipe will make: (Great recipe for larger cake, more cakes or cupcakes. 3 X 10" layers just to give you an idea of the batter quantity. or... 48-52 regular size cupcakes * As soon as you go beyond 48 the rest well- no one will never know where they disappeared to! shh:)
  • Prepare dry mixer Bowl and whisk attachment or large dry bowl and hand held mixer. Combine Flour, sugar, b.soda, b.powder, salt, and cocoa powder until combined.
  • In separate bowl whisk together buttermilk, Canola oil, eggs and vanilla. On low speed add to dry mixture- again with whisk attachment or using hand held mixture. Then add hot coffee slowly just until combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for 20-30 seconds until smooth.
  • Once the batter is fully mixed, stop the mixer. You do not want to over beat the cake batter. The chocolate batter consistency will be similar to a crepe batter. Trust the batter- do not add more flour!
  • Pour chocolate cake batter evenly into prepared pans
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 mins or until cake tester stick comes out clean.
  • Cool your cakes for 10 mins, run along side of pan with spatula to ensure safe clean removal of cakes, then invert pan and allow cakes to completely cool. I personally like to bake my cakes ahead and then wrap well and freeze overnight or until it is time to frost. Frosting as you wish:) This cake is great with ganache, whipped ganache, fudge icing, American style buttercream, cream cheese or Swiss meringue buttercream. This cake is perfect to hold shape when using fondant or almond paste as coverage. I used American style buttercream on my cake and piped ganache rosettes in the photo.
    classic chocolate cake


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