best chocolate cake recipeI like to make people birthday cakes.  I think that birthdays are special and that everyone deserves a delicious birthday cake in their honor.  This cake was for William’s first grade teacher.  She really deserved a cake for her birthday.  This chocolate cake recipe is hands down the best chocolate cake out there.  It is simple, rich, chocolaty and classic.   The chocolate cake is an Ina Garden recipe and the frosting is my buttercream made into chocolate buttercream.

best chocolate cake recipe

Hey Clay, hands off the cake.

I have tried many chocolate cake recipes and honestly, this is the best one.  The coffee is the magic ingredient.  It gives the cake a depth that is missing from most other chocolate cakes.  This is a simple cake.  Wet into dry and you are all set.  Bake them and then frost with a rich and crazy delicious chocolate frosting.  Be very careful who you make this cake for.  You will be expected to make this cake year after year.

best chocolate cake recipe1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

best chocolate cake recipeIn the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix this mixture on low until combined.

best chocolate cake recipeCombine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

best chocolate cake recipePour in the hot coffee.

best chocolate cake recipePour the batter into two prepared pans.  I used 9-inch pans.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

best chocolate cake recipeCool in the pans for 30 minutes and then turn them out on a cooling rack to cool completely.

best chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Buttercream

2 sticks of room temperature butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream

best chocolate cake recipeCream together the butter and sugar.  Gradually add the cocoa powder.  Really, add it slowly or you and your kitchen will be wearing it.

best chocolate cake recipeAdd just enough cream to get the consistency for spreading.  Add the vanilla.

best chocolate cake recipeYum.

best chocolate cake recipeIce your cakes.

best chocolate cake recipeWrite your birthday message.

best chocolate cake recipeAnd pipe the edges for decoration.

best chocolate cake recipeHave a very Happy Birthday.

best chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cups cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Chocolate Buttercream
  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter
  • 2½ cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  2. Pour in the hot coffee.
  3. Pour the batter into two prepared pans. I used 9-inch pans. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes and then turn them out on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Cream together the butter and sugar. Gradually add the cocoa powder. Really, add it slowly or you and your kitchen will be wearing it.
  6. Add just enough cream to get the consistency for spreading. Add the vanilla.