The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever
About two weeks ago, on a Friday morning, I woke up to this photo on my Instagram feed… and could not stop thinking about chocolate cake for the rest of the day. So I scavenged the web for a simple but delicious recipe while at work, and stopped by the grocery store to pick up the essentials that I needed. I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog that baking has never really been my forte, but my craving for chocolate cake on that particular day was so overpowering that it removed all doubt from my mind (and thankfully so, once I had a taste of the cake!).
The recipe that I found stated that it was the best chocolate cake recipe EVER, but in my mind I was contemplating buying a boxed mix because doesn’t every recipe online state that it’s the very best?! I took a look at the listed ingredients needed to make the cake and decided against a box mix since there were so few components and it seemed easy enough. When I came home, I got to work and Ro stopped by for an impromptu visit to help me out during the baking process…
And the final verdict? If you guys ever want to try just one recipe from over the years on this blog, I promise you that this is the one to try. It was honestly THAT good!
Here’s what you’ll need in order to make this amazing chocolate cake:
For the chocolate buttercream frosting:
- 3 sticks butter
- 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder
Add cocoa powder and butter to a bowl and mix together using a mixer. Once the mixture has been well blended, add in one cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk and continue to mix on high speed for a minute. Add another cup of sugar and tablespoon of milk and repeat until all of the sugar and milk have been combined. Add in the espresso powder and vanilla extract and combine well. More sugar may be added if the frosting is too thin or more milk may be added if the frosting is too thick.
For the chocolate cake:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two non stick 9 inch baking pans by spraying with baking spray or lightly coating with oil. In a large bowl. combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder) and mix thoroughly. Next, add the milk, oil, eggs and vanilla to the mixture and mix on medium speed for about a minute. Add the boiling water to the mixture and continue to mix at a high speed for another minute. Pour the batter evenly into the two pans and allow the cakes to bake for about 30-35 minutes before removing them from the oven. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before taking the cakes out of the pan and then allow them to cool completely prior to frosting the cakes.
Once completely cooled, set the first cake down, frost the top with the buttercream frosting, and add the second cake. Frost the top of the second cake as well as all of the sides and garnish with berries of your choice. Now all that’s left to do is to… cut yourself a slice, sit back and enjoy that moist, delicious chocolate cake! You can thank me later! :)
Full recipe adapted from here!