Thursday, March 5, 2015

"the best ever" moist & delicious chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

I had a hard time naming this post, because I  also call this "best ever chocolate cake" . . . "the Greatest & Easiest Chocolate Cake."

I discovered this amazing recipe several years ago, and it's been my "go to" chocolate cake recipe since then.

It yields a moist and delicious cake that actually tastes like chocolate! 

The recipe calls for a whopping 1 1/3 cup cocoa powder, which gives it a real chocolate flavor . . . the 5 eggs give it richness and a beautiful texture . . . and the buttermilk helps keeps it moist! It's truly an exceptional recipe!

I introduced it to you for the first time here, when I baked this special cake and cupcakes for our youngest son's Gentleman's Tea.

I also used the recipe to bake 'Color Bomb' Cakes for our youngest son's 5th Candy Crush inspired birthday. 

Our oldest daughter is a big fan of chocolate (just like mom!), so most of her birthday cakes are chocolate. Here's a photo of  her candy themed birthday cake from last year's celebration.  I frosted it with a light and luxurious cream cheese frosting. YUM!

And I recently made our oldest daughter's  American Girl inspired birthday cake using the same amazing recipe!


I'm not sure what's taken me so long to share this recipe with you, especially when it's one that I use so often.

So without further delay . . . . I introduce you to  . . . .

"the greatest & easiest chocolate cake"
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3 1/3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups cocoa powder
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups buttermilk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs, room temperature
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a small bowl, gently whisk eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk to combine. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until its pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed.

Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk mixture, scraping down bowl as needed.

Mix at medium speed until batter is thoroughly combined, about 15 seconds.

Give batter a final stir by hand.

Pour into prepared pans or cupcake cups. Bake cakes for about 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, or bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes.

chocolate butter-cream frosting
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1 pound bittersweet chocolate
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup egg whites (4-5 extra-large eggs), room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
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Chop the chocolates and place them in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan simmering water. Stir until melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

Mix the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Place the bowl of egg whites over the pan of simmering water and heat the egg whites until they are warm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Return the bowl to the electric mixer and whisk on high speed for 5 minutes, or until the meringue is cool and holds a stiff peak.

Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, while beating on medium speed. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate and vanilla, and mix for 1 minute or until the chocolate is completely blended in. If the butter-cream seems very soft, allow it to cool, and beat it again.

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  1. Oh, dear! I have all those ingredients on hand. I am pinning this to my YUM! board on Pinterest and might just give it a try on Saturday.


  2. Ah-I love that quote! This cake sounds so amazing. Pinning again!

  3. Beautiful cakes. Looks delicious! Pinning it and will definitely try.

  4. This cake is more than gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Did I miss seeing a link back to the party? This is definitely feature-worthy. WOWOWOW! Please come back again soon.

  5. Wow this looks amazing - and huge! This is definitely one to try!

  6. Oh my gosh girl! That looks amazing!! And your frosting is sooo smoooooth!!! Pinning!!!
    Thinking about you and hope all is well. [hugs]

  7. I made this today for my sis-in-law's birthday, and it was rich and amazing! Just wanted to let you know we all enjoyed it!

  8. Delicious, easy and chocolate. What is there not to love about

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday Link Party.

  9. I love cake! I love big cake and moist cake! Pinning. Linking up from Making Memories Mondays.

  10. Layer after layer after layer of chocolate cake! Shut up and take my money!!! Yum!

  11. Oh my goodness, this looks spectacular! I cannot wait to make this. Thanks for sharing.

  12. My word! Those cakes all look delicious! I'm definitely printing this recipe and trying it ASAP! I'd love for you to share this at the Talented Tuesdays Link Party - live every Tuesday at 9am central!

  13. This sounds and looks delicious! Pinning to try!

  14. Can I just say your photography is gorgeous? It's totally unfair I can't eat this cake right now. Definitely pinning and following!

  15. Hi! Stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Your cake looks so delicious and you've hyped it up for me! Definitely pinning to try later.

  16. I'm drooling!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  17. Your chocolate cake looks so delicious and beautiful Suzanne! Stopping by from the Fridays Unfolded Link Party, thanks for sharing and hope you're enjoying your day!


  18. Well you know that I am the crazy lady who can't handle choc. cake with Chocolate frosting. Lol! Sure does look pretty and chocolate lovers would be in heaven! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. I will save this one! I love a good chocolate cake recipe! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  20. oh my talented friend this is divine! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  21. Anonymous6:36 AM

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful chocolate cake, yum! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  22. Chocolate is my favorite and this looks amazing!

  23. Who could resist such a pretty chocolate cake. Looks like it would just melt in your mouth! ... Featured you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing Suzanne!

  24. That cake looks spectacular! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  25. This looks so delicious! That candy-themed cake is perfection. You are so creative!

  26. I am a slave to Chocolate cake and this looks amazing! My husband is the baker in this house and I will be passing this n to him :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Anonymous7:23 PM

    I made this layer cake for my grown son's birthday but used salted caramel frosting. The cake was huge and delicious! I couldn't imagine adding three cups of buttermilk but the end result was wonderful. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I just need a yellow cake recipe for a cake equal in size.

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