The Best Chocolate Cake

The Best Chocolate Cake

A delicious chocolate cake that I’ve been making for years, completely from scratch with just a few simple ingredients that make up the most decadent and indulging treat you could possibly wish for.

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar granulated
  • 1 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups hot coffee

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 cups chocolate frosting

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep the oven and pans: Preheat the oven to 350°F. You will need 3 cake pans, each 8 inches in diameter. Cut out 3 parchment paper circles that will fit inside the cake pans. Spray the bottom of the cake pans with cooking spray, this is so the parchment paper sticks to the pans. Place the parchment papers inside and spray more cooking spray over the parchment paper.
  2. Make the cake batter: In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using the paddle attachment mix everything until well combined on low speed. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix. With the mixer still on low speed, slowly add the coffee and continue mixing until everything is well combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula and mix as needed. Pour the batter into the 3 prepared pans, equally.
  3. Bake the cakes: Transfer the cake pans to the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until baked through. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Cool the cakes: Let the cake cool in the pans for about 30 minutes then turn them out onto a cooling rack or a cutting board and cool completely.
  5. Frost the cake: Once the cake has cooled off completely, cut off the dome part of the cake so that each cake round is flat on top. Frost the cake with my chocolate frosting or the frosting of your choice, between the layers and on top.

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