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This dark, moist homemade chocolate cake recipe is made from scratch and the BEST chocolate cake recipe you will ever taste! Super easy to make and served up with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, this Homemade Chocolate Cake is the best chocolate cake you will ever eat.. and you won't believe the secret ingredient that makes all the difrence!
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Best Homemade Chocolate Cake

This dark, moist homemade chocolate cake recipe is made from scratch and the BEST chocolate cake recipe you will ever taste! Super easy to make and served up with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, this Best Homemade Chocolate Cake is the best chocolate cake you will ever eat.. and you won't believe the secret ingredient that makes all the difference!  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 723.7kcal

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk .. room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs .. room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce packed of espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter ... 3 sticks
  • 5 cups powdered sugar .. sifted
  • 1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder .. sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • To make Best Homemade Chocolate Cake, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and spray two 9 inch cake pans with non-stick spray. 
  • In a large bowl, add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla and mix together until incorporated. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, espresso powder and cocoa powder and slowly mix into your wet ingredients. Pour in the boiling water and mix until combined. Your batter will be thin and that is what you want. Pour your batter evenly into your two cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before removing from the pans and moving to a cooling rack. 
  • When you cake is complete cool, make your chocolate buttercream frosting by adding butter, milk, vanilla, sifted powdered sugar and sifted cocoa powder to a large mixing bowl and mix until combined. Frost your cake and enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 723.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 104.7g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 35.5g | Saturated Fat: 22.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.6g | Cholesterol: 94.4mg | Sodium: 455.6mg | Potassium: 252.5mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 83.1g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.6mg