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Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Chocolate Layer Cake

Looking for a quick and easy layer cake recipe? This amazing homemade decadent chocolate layer cake is super soft, light, and fluffy. Try this delicious chocolate cake, this will be your favorite chocolate layer cake.

This cake is decorated using homemade Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. You can check the frosting recipe also. This frosting can be used not only for this amazing cake but also for other cakes and cupcakes.

Ingredients for this Cake :

  • Butter – must be unsalted and softened to room temperature
  • Sugar – granulated sugar preferred
  • Eggs – must be at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cocoa powder – unsweetened preferred
  • Boiling water

How to Make Chocolate Layer Cake :

Step One:

Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C Grease and flour 3 8” round cake pans, then line bottom with round parchment paper. Set aside.

Step Two:

Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.

Chocolate Layer Cake - Step 1

Step Three:

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Chocolate Layer Cake - Step 1-1

Step Four:

Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water in a medium bowl until well combined and no lumps remain.

Chocolate Layer Cake - Step 2

Step Five:

Slowly add dry ingredients(combined flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) and chocolate mixture to the bowl with the creamed butter and sugar. Mix on low speed to incorporate ingredients.

Chocolate Layer Cake - Step 3

Step Six:

Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and place in the preheated oven. Bake 22-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Chocolate Layer Cake - Step 4

Step Seven:

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for approximately 10 minutes before transferring the cakes from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely approximately 10-15 more minutes. (Cakes should no longer be warm to the touch before frosting).

Step Eight:

To assemble the cake, place the first layer top-side down on a cake plate. Add 1/3 of the frosting (frosting recipe link here) to the top of the cake layer and spread it out evenly. Take the second layer and level off the rounded top with a knife or cake leveler. Place the second layer on top of the first layer, top-side down. Add frosting to this layer and spread out evenly. Repeat this with the 3rd layer, and spread the remaining frosting out on the top layer. Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Best Chocolate Layer Cake

Time-Saving Tip :

Make the cakes the night before serving and cover the baking pans with foil or plastic wrap once cool to the touch. Cakes will be ready to frost the next day.

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Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

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Dessert American
Serves: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes Baking Total Time: 45 minutes

The best chocolate layer cake recipe with buttercream frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C Grease and flour 3 8” round cake pans, then line bottom with round parchment paper. Set aside.

2

Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.

3

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

4

Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water in a medium bowl until well combined and no lumps remain.

5

Alternating between the two, slowly add dry ingredients and chocolate mixture to the bowl with the butter and sugar. Mix on low speed to incorporate ingredients.

6

Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and place in the preheated oven. Bake 22-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

7

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for approximately 10 minutes before transferring the cakes from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely approximately 10-15 more minutes. (Cakes should no longer be warm to the touch before frosting).

8

To assemble the cake, place the first layer top-side down on a cake plate. Add 1/3 of the frosting(a link to the frosting recipe is given at the beginning of the post) to the top of the cake layer and spread it out evenly. Take the second layer and level off the rounded top with a knife or cake leveler. Place the second layer on top of the first layer, top-side down. Add frosting to this layer and spread out evenly. Repeat this with the 3rd layer, and spread the remaining frosting out on the top layer. Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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