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The Best Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe in the East!

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Layer Cake Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*  Cake will not set properly with cold eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  freshly brewed strong hot coffee

Milk Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups  powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-5 Tablespoons  heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips (optional for decoration)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans, or use non-stick spray.
  2. For the cake: Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cakes took exactly 24 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. This will create a creamy base for the frosting. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If your frosting is too thin, add up to 1 more cup of powdered sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add up to 2 more Tablespoons of heavy cream. Add at least 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Taste the frosting and add more salt if the frosting is too sweet. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolate-y enough. Add more/less of each ingredient to obtain the consistency and taste you desire.
  6. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. ENJOY!!!

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