Glorious Chocolate Cake

There’s something horrible about bad chocolate cake. It’s like having a nightmare when you bite into a piece of chocolate cake that is not chocolate-y enough or moist enough. Dry cake is a serious no-no. My ideal cake is soft (I need a synonym to moist.. Don’t want to say it too much..) enough so that if you take a piece and pinch it, it will hold together easily. That make sound weird, but trust me on this one.

I used to have immense trouble making chocolate cakes, but I have finally found a good recipe. This one. It is moist, bursting with chocolate flavor, and it is fairly darn simple to make. Cakes are a serious trouble spot for me, so if I can make it, you can too.

Believe in yourself. This cake will be worth it in the end.


For the cake

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or some other oil, I used canola)
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot fresh coffee

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 nine inch round pans.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer, mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients slowly, then pour in the hot coffee. Your batter will seem abnormally thin. Don’t stress.
  4. Pour the batter into your pans, then bake for 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Important STEP! Let your cakes cool completely before taking them out, or else your will have a mess. A big mess.

For the frosting: Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand held mixer. Slather all over your cake. Enjoy.

Yum. Serve yourself a big slice, after Thanksgiving though. Thanksgiving is for pie, and pie alone. Eat pie, lots of pie.


I got the recipe for this cake at Sally’s Baking Addiction:

Guess what though.. I made the frosting without entirely following a recipe!

Amateur baking win.