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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


Ingredients

  • 1 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
  • 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

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.

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  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    October 21st, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Perfection! Look at that frosting…it’s amazing! And is there anything better than a thick piece of chocolate cake?! Not in our book…!

  2. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    No. Not a thing.

  3. Crecia

    May 24th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Is the batter supposed to be runny??

  4. bakedbree

    May 24th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Sort of runny I guess. It is not thick like a muffin batter.

  5. Amanda

    October 21st, 2010 at 5:20 am

    I cant wait to try your buttercream… it looks amazing! And Ina’s recipe is my favorite too… its decadent!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  6. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you Amanda! Hope that you are feeling better.

  7. Mary

    October 21st, 2010 at 8:21 am

    That is amazing! Looks wonderful!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  8. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    it is!

  9. Erin

    October 21st, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Your kid’s teachers are lucky! You need to come teach my student’s parents a lesson or two.

  10. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I used to be a teacher, so I really appreciate my children’s teachers.

  11. Lisa

    October 21st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I like making birthday cakes for people too. Yours looks like it came out great. I’m sure the person you gave it to loved it and savored every bite.

  12. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I hope so. She is awesome and deserved a treat.

  13. Hannah

    October 21st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I made that cake for my birthday this year but used peanut butter frosting and such to make it a peanut butter cup cake. This is truly my favourite chocolate cake recipe!

  14. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I made a cake similar to yours for my husband’s birthday. It will be on the blog shortly.

  15. Tanya

    October 21st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    This cake reminds me of one that my grandmother used to make. It was a german chocolate cake. And I agree, coffee and chocolate go wonderful together. Can’t wait to try it!

  16. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Be careful who you make it for. You might be making it often.

  17. Rituparna

    October 21st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Love that chocolate cake.
    N that frosting looks so tempting no wonder Clay couldn’t keep his hands off.
    U have beautiful children and just a picture of them makes my day. Thanks a lot for writing this amazing blog and for the gr8 recipes that u share.
    Luv ….

  18. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    You are so sweet… thank you.

  19. Laura

    October 22nd, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Wow! What a fabulous cake! As a teacher, I very rarely got such thoughtful or wonderful gifts. I’m sure William’s teacher feels appreciated!

  20. bakedbree

    October 22nd, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I hope so, she is awesome.

  21. Christine Colburn

    October 22nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Bree, I’m a friend of Corey Grun….so far I love your website…you had me at Chocolate Buttercream Frosting! Thanks for sharing & count me in! ~Christine C.

  22. bakedbree

    October 25th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    thanks Christine! Just wait, I have a milk chocolate buttercream coming up soon.

  23. deb

    November 4th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’m a recent subscriber and love your blog! I’ve made Ina’s cake and it’s yummy! Will have to try your buttercream.

  24. bakedbree

    November 4th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks Deb!

  25. Larissa

    November 15th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I made this cake for my mother-in-laws birthday this past weekend and it was a big hit!! Everybody loved it! The frosting was fantastic!!

    I want to make it again for my daughters birthday, but I want to use a 9×13 pan. Do you think it will turn out the same, and would I need to adjust the baking time?

  26. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I am not sure really. I think that you should watch it closely. Let me know how it goes.

  27. Ore

    February 13th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I love your blog its beautiful! I’m a teenager and I’ve used baking as a sort of stress reliever and I’m making this for my friends birthday tomorrow on Valentines Day. Thanks a lot for taking your time out to do this, it’s really appreciated and you are very talented! 🙂

  28. bakedbree

    February 14th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I love blogging, it has literally changed my life. I like to bake as therapy too. Instead of eating though, I try to always give it away. My thighs are happier for it!

  29. Casey J

    February 18th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I have been eye this cake for a while and now I am going to make it for my brother’s 7th birthday tomorrow. The only change I am making is adding a mountain of chocolate mousse and chocolate chips on top (at his request) with a little flag on top.

    I really do love your blog. I referred to it so many times during christmas cookie season. I adore your molasses spice cookies.

  30. bakedbree

    February 18th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    that sounds amazing Casey. Happy 7th birthday to your brother.

  31. Mary @ Room Polish

    March 18th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I googled “delicious buttercream chocolate cake” and yours is the one I liked the look of the most….(your pictures! divine!) Just baked the cakes; they’re cooling and then I’ll frost them…delish! Thank you for sharing!

  32. bakedbree

    March 18th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    You will love this cake Mary! It is my go-to chocolate cake recipe.

  33. moxiepie

    April 13th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I made this cake last week for my sister’s bday (with the vanilla buttercream frosting) – not only was it extremely easy, but it was fantastic. I am making it again this week for my in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary, this time with the boiled frosting. Yum! Thank you for the great recipes and beautiful and helpful accompanying photos.

  34. Melissa

    May 3rd, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Can this recipe be made into cupcakes? 🙂 If so, how long should they be in the oven, and how many cupcakes can this recipe make? I would really, really love to try it out. It looks so delicious!

  35. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am not sure, I have never made them into cupcakes. Try it out and see.

  36. Cher

    May 29th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I made this cake added fresh Raspberries the the middle and as a garnish. It was divine…thank you.

  37. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    sounds delicious! Love chocolate and raspberries together.

  38. Norma

    May 31st, 2011 at 8:45 am

    This recipe was fantastic!!! My husband loves chocolate more than anything, so I made him this cake for his birthday and it was a huge success!!!! The coffee made the cake have such a nice flavor and it was supermoist! Thanks for sharing!

  39. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:04 am

    glad that your husband liked it. It is the best chocolate cake that I have ever made. It always works too.

  40. Jess

    June 20th, 2011 at 6:35 am

    This cake looks just beautiful! Might be a silly question, but what kind of icing did you use to pipe the birthday message? I am planning to make this for my husband’s birthday next week!

  41. bakedbree

    June 20th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I made this a long time ago, but I am pretty sure that it was just a canned white icing. I think that I was too lazy to make a batch of white just for writing.

  42. emily

    June 27th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I really hate coffee, is there a replacement for the coffee or can you taste the flavor of the cofee??

  43. bakedbree

    June 28th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    You cannot taste the coffee, it only enhances the chocolate flavor. If you want, you can sub out liqueur, or just hot water. Or nothing.

  44. Aisling

    July 7th, 2011 at 3:09 am

    In the cake recipe, is it all purpose flour you use? Does anyone know the metric for the measurements cos I live in Ireland and we don’t measure in cups?!

  45. bakedbree

    July 7th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Yes it is all purpose. 1 cup is 240 mL.

  46. Sanah Ahuja

    July 9th, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Hey…just wanted to confirm….you use whipped cream to write d messages on the cakes right? If not, then what do you use?
    Sanah
    P.S – I keep trying out your recipes and they ve never let me down! : )

  47. Sarah N

    July 10th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Trying this one right now….just for fun and teaching my 9 yr old how to bake! Can’t wait to try it!

  48. bakedbree

    July 11th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I love cooking with my children. have fun!

  49. Sarah N

    July 23rd, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    just an fyi……350 for 12 minutes….makes 60 mini cupcakes!

  50. bakedbree

    July 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    thanks for letting us know!

  51. Melissa S

    July 29th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    The cake looks delicious! How many grams does a stick of butter have?

  52. bakedbree

    August 4th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    1 stick of butter = 1/4 pound
    1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup
    1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons
    1 stick of butter = 4 ounces
    1 stick of butter = 113 grams

  53. Trine Winther

    August 18th, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Dear BakedBree,

    I can’t wait to give this yummy looking cake a try.
    But I have one question before I start, can I bake the cake a day before serving it?

    Smiles and thanks for a fantastic recipie from Copenhagen, Denmark 🙂

  54. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Yes, just place a few slices of bread on top of it, and leave it at room temperature. You can also frost it and just keep the finished cake in the fridge. Take it out about an hour before you are going to serve it.

  55. Giselle

    August 29th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hi! I’ve just founded your blog and I already want to run to the kitched and prepare the delicious things that you’ve shared.
    Really nice blog, cool and simple recipes and very graphic, which helps me a lot. But since I’m from another country (Chile) I’m not able to adquire the same product that you include on your recipes, or I don’t understand the quantities .
    So my question is how many grams is 1 butter stick?
    I hope you can asnwer my question.
    Excellent blog! Wish you the best!
    (Sorry about my english)

    🙂

  56. Giselle

    August 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Oh! And by the way, I don’t know where to buy baking soda or what it is, so can I replace it whit Bicarbonate or they’re the same?
    Thanks!

  57. bakedbree

    August 29th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I think that bicarb is the same thing. Baking powder is different.

  58. bakedbree

    August 29th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    thank you Giselle! 1 stick of butter is 4 ounces.

  59. Evi

    September 9th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Dear bakedbree, the cake looks great. I cannot wait to try .. When you combine the wet into the dry, do you beat it with low or high speed and how long? Thank you.

  60. bakedbree

    September 11th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    start with low just so that you do not wear it. 🙂

  61. Nadia

    September 26th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever baked. Rich,moist…simply to die for. I topped it with a ganache but will try out ur frosting next time. Thanks a million for sharing.

  62. bakedbree

    September 26th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I am glad that you liked it so much Nadia!

  63. Poornima

    October 26th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Hiii…I made the buttercream frosting today and it was incredible, really yummm!! I left out the cream as I wanted to do a basket weave design and it came out amazing!! Great Recipe!!

  64. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Gad that you liked it Poornima.

  65. Hazel

    November 18th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is really good! the coffee is the secret! Ooops 🙂 Just baked it to my husband’s 36th bday, everyone loves it. Thank you again! 🙂

  66. bakedbree

    November 21st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    isn’t it wonderful? I am so glad that it was a success for you and happy birthday to your husband!

  67. kirk

    December 21st, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I tried this cake this weekend and it was awesome ,amazingly moist there were about 10 guest and the cake lasted all of five minutes with rave reviews,thanks Bree i highly recommend to anyone wanting a really moist flavorful cake

  68. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I am so glad that it was well-received!

  69. Shahbano Khan

    January 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Hi Bree 🙂
    I happened to come across your lovely blog while browsing the internet a few months ago, and I have been hooked ever since!
    this is the first recipe of yours that i tried and the cake tasted just like the one that we get at a local bakery so many thanks to you!
    i just wanted to confirm the amount of coffee I should put in. I added 1tsp of instant coffee granules to a cup of hot water. Do you use 1tsp too?

  70. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    About that I guess. I usually use the instant from Starbucks in the little packets.

  71. Grace

    January 25th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Love this site! Will this cake hold up well if covered in fondant? I’m still on a hunt for a good chocolate cake to use for my fondant cakes.

  72. bakedbree

    January 28th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Absolutely! Love this cake, the best I have ever made,

  73. Brooke

    February 15th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I made this yesterday for a Valentine’s dinner with my husband. It was exactly what I was hoping for. The cake was light and moist, and the buttercream frosting was perfectly thick and rich. My husband is still raving about it.

    (I used a 9×13 pan and a toothpick came out clean at 30 minutes.)

  74. Susan

    March 28th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I have this cake in the oven as I speak. I was just wondering, do you use salted or unsalted butter for the buttercream?
    Thanks, Susan

  75. bakedbree

    April 8th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I always use unsalted butter. It is just a preference though.

  76. Nana

    April 8th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I want to make this for a friend’s birthday, but she wants a vanilla cake too so I was thinking, should I use this as a top layer or the bottom layer the vanilla is a traditional recipe as with yours but I would add butter milk. Can I add melted chocolate to the sponge. Thank you.

  77. bakedbree

    April 8th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Without seeing the recipe, I really cannot say. Sorry.

  78. Nana

    April 9th, 2012 at 4:56 am

    It is the same as your vanilla cup cake with the royal icing but I will add butter milk to make it moist,and you did not answer the part about adding melted chocolate to the sponge.

  79. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t know, I have never made it that way, so I cannot answer with any authority. You are going to have to experiment and see what happens.

  80. Aliyah

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi, How are you?………I tried this recipe last-night! And the family loves it! Thank you! I’m about to try your other recipes.

  81. bakedbree

    April 13th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I am great! Glad that you loved this recipe.

  82. chona el

    April 19th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    hi bree! i tried your recipe with some variations. but it turned out good. im so happy. i love your blog. you’re such an amazing cook/baker. you inspire me to learn more. this is how my cake turned out.

    https://tzunamiwrites.blogspot.com/2012/04/chocolate-cake-with-chocolate.html

  83. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you so much, that is so nice of you to say. I am glad that your cake turned out so well.

  84. Michelle

    April 25th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    How are you not FAMOUS yet?!? Every recipe I’ve tried is marvellous, and I find myself constantly raving about your blog and recipes to all my friends! Thanks for keeping this blog up and for having such a good sense of…taste! Lots of us really appreciate it! =D

  85. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    You are too sweet Michelle! Thank you.

  86. Akhila

    May 13th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Awesome birthday cake recipe.. Cake and frosting came out well.
    Thank you very much..

  87. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    you are very welcome Akhila.

  88. Dana

    July 16th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    The cake sounds amazing! Do you know if there is a high-altitude correction? I’m at about 7000 ft and I’m always afraid to bake from scratch because I’m afraid the altitude will destroy all of my hard work!

  89. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I am not sure, but I looked at the original recipe, and it does not state one.

  90. sadaf

    October 15th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    How many teaspoons of coffee granules do we need to add in a cup of brewed coffee?

  91. SADIYO

    October 16th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    THIS CHOCALATE CAKE LOOKS SO GOOD I BET!!! MORE THEN 1000000,0000000 PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT.

  92. GANIYAT

    October 23rd, 2012 at 11:10 am

    couldn’t find a recipe anywhere, so I decided to come up with my own. First I used the same recipe I tested for Baby H’s birthday cake since it was absolutely wonderful and I used Beatty’s chocolate cake, chocolate butter cream, and peanut butter pie and made them into something new and […]

  93. Salma

    October 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have made this chocolate cake with buttercream icing over 10 times as its now a family favorite. Thank you so much.

  94. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Me too! I make it all the time too. A classic.

  95. Selma

    November 2nd, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Hello my name is selma from web site selma kitchen your chocolate cake is very amazing I love it
    See you on my web site

  96. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hello Selma!

  97. Jennifer

    November 17th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I made these into cupcakes for a dinner get together tonight! Baked at 350 for 15 minutes. Made 2 dozen exactly, filling each cupcake liner 2/3 full. My husband can’t stop raving and I am excited to share with friends. Thank you so much!

  98. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Great!! Thanks for sharing.

  99. Ngaio

    February 27th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This cake has just come out of my oven!! Yay! I am so excited to have it tonight!
    Thanks for the recipe! I’m sure it is good! (It sure looks yum!)

    Ngaio xx

  100. bakedbree

    February 27th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    You are welcome! It is a great cake.

  101. Joana

    June 1st, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Going to try make this cake for my stepson 5th birthday tomorrow (also using your pirate ship cake as inspiration!). I’m using my banana bread pan (5″x9″), should I just cut the ingredients in half?
    Also do you just use pam so the cake doesn’t stick to the pan?
    Thank you!

  102. bakedbree

    June 4th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I really don’t know. I have never tried making it that way. You could always make the right amount and freeze what you don’t use.

  103. nathalie

    July 22nd, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Hi! I am trying this recipe at the moment…. it smelles really good, by the batter looks extremely liquid (before cooking). Is this normal?

  104. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Yes, it is a wet batter.

  105. Lisbeth

    October 6th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks Bree! I found this for my son’s b-day cake. I did a test run in a 9*13 pan to get a better idea of the thickness, which I topped with sliced strawberries. The second time, shortly after, I made it into a pirate ship for my son’s 3rd b-day. I used your suggestions for the sails and Play Mobil characters. It was a hit!

  106. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    SO glad!

  107. Jackie

    October 12th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Hi. I’ve made this cake 3 times now and every time it has stuck to the pan. The first time it was salvageable. The other two were just a mess of crumbles. I sprayed the pan well with Pam and the last time even tried butter and flour. What am I doing wrong? I’m so frustrated. What would you recommend? Is there any way to salvage a pretty cake out of a mess?also,

  108. bakedbree

    October 20th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I really don’t know. I have made this cake a million times and never had it stick. Are you letting the cakes cool completely in the pan? When I mess up a cake, I make a trifle with it.

  109. realvibration

    November 9th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Hi, I want to make this cake now, but I haven’t got any heavy cream for the frosting. What can I use for substitute? Thanks.

  110. bakedbree

    November 17th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Milk will be fine. I have even been known to use flavored coffee creamer.

  111. kate

    January 20th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    hi, i want to make this cake today but i dont have any vegetable oil or applesauce, so can i use sunflower oil or another cooking oil instead of vegetable oil?

  112. bakedbree

    January 20th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Sure thing! Any flavorless oil.

  113. hannah

    February 7th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try this cake for my son’s 5th birthday party – I need a larger cake so I was thinking about making each cake recipe (the chocolate and the vanilla in 9 x 13 inch pans and stacking them and then trimming the sides down to look like a ship. Does this recipe work in a 9 x 13 inch pan? Or do you know if it works in a sheet cake size?

  114. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I am not sure, but here is a good guide for you to use.
    https://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-party-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

  115. Jane

    April 12th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Can you tell me where the recipe is for the peanut butter filling. Can’t seem to find it here.

  116. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    It is linked throughout the post, but here is the direct link: https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/peanut-butter-pie

    I used half of the pie filling for the cake.

  117. Neyha

    April 16th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Whats the exact measurement of butter? there are so many different sizes of sticks so im not sure

  118. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    For the frosting? 1 cup.

  119. Sabrina

    August 24th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    This recipe is incredible. i used gluten-free flour as my husband is celiac, and it turned out great. So delicious. Thank you Bree!!

  120. bakedbree

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I am so glad! And I am so glad to know that it can be made GF.

  121. Ayesha

    March 2nd, 2015 at 11:30 am

    My cake had a sunken middle.. what could have caused this

  122. bakedbree

    March 2nd, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    There are so many factors that could have caused that. Oven temp, leaveners, mis-measuring. It’s really hard to troubleshoot.

  123. Ariel

    August 6th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I did notice in your picture of the cakes, they did have sunken middles as well. I wondered if this was this typical of this cake given it is a wet batter?

  124. bakedbree

    August 16th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    It is a very wet batter. Moist and not as fluffy as a cake mix. I use frosting to cover it, or cut the tops off.

  125. Denise

    August 10th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Bree! Love your website! So much nice recipes!

    I made this cake in two 8″ pans and it only rose to 1 inch along the edges and had a bulge in the middle with cracks. It looks like your cake rose higher and more evenly.
    Do you know how high your cakes were? I’m gonna try those baking strips!

  126. bakedbree

    August 16th, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    That doesn’t seem right. Maybe try using new leavener?

  127. Chelsea

    April 5th, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Made this delicious cake (again) for my mom’s birthday! Wow! So moist and delicious! thank you, thank you!

  128. bakedbree

    April 5th, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    It’s a good one!

  129. Cameron Gallicano

    April 14th, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    What kind of coffee did you use?

  130. bakedbree

    May 11th, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Any kind that I have in the house. I’m not brand loyal to coffee.

  131. Whitney

    October 2nd, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I never have success with homemade cakes. They turn out dry and heavy.
    Do you need to use cake flour? Sift the flour before you measure? use a scale to measure by weight? Any other special tips for success?

  132. bakedbree

    October 3rd, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I find that chocolate cakes are worth making yourself and that yellow and white are trickier. This recipe is a no-fail, and a good one to start with.

  133. Lisbeth Merrill

    October 9th, 2017 at 2:03 am

    This has been my go to birthday cake for years now. I make it with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. Everyone is always blown away. Thanks

  134. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I am so glad! This is the best chocolate cake around, and everyone that tastes it agrees.

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