The BEST Chocolate Cake

The BEST Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting! The perfect cake for parties, birthdays or just because!

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This is my all time favorite Homemade Chocolate Cake recipe. Super moist, chocolatey and soft this is my go to cake for parties, birthdays or just because. I add fresh brewed coffee to the batter to intensify the chocolate flavor. I also substitute some of the granulated sugar from brown sugar for extra softness and flavor.

How to make chocolate cake

  • Start by combining flour, both sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • With a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add in milk, oil, eggs and vanilla until combined.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Pour in the hot coffee (Batter will be thin)
  • Divide between two 9 inch round cake pans and bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake completely before frosting.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days!

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Now for my favorite part of any cake: The Frosting. This chocolate buttercream frosting is fluffy, chocolatey and rich with just the right amount of sweetness. The perfect topping to this chocolate cake!

How to make chocolate buttercream frosting

  • Add butter to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy.
  • Add in cocoa powder, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Beat until thick and creamy. If frosting is too thick add more milk. If it is too runny add more powdered sugar.
  • Set aside until you are ready to frost the cake.

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The BEST Chocolate Cake

4.88 from 56 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
The BEST Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting! The perfect cake for parties, birthdays or just because!

Ingredients

The Best Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong hot coffee

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 ½ - 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

The Best Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, both sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. With a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add in milk, oil, eggs and vanilla until combined.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low.
  6. Pour in the hot coffee (Batter will be thin)
  7. Divide between the prepared pans and bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake completely before frosting.
  9. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days!

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Add butter to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy.
  2. Add in cocoa powder, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Beat until thick and creamy. If frosting is too thick add more milk. If it is too runny add more powdered sugar.
  3. Set aside until you are ready to frost the cake.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: The BEST Chocolate Cake

 

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  • Erin S.

    Absolutely love this cake recipe! I do make a different frosting, as my husband is crazy about mint/choc combo. I make a mint buttercream and the end result is a Thin Mint rendition of this. But seriously, this cake is so decadent and we LOVE it. The coffee makes all the difference for this novice cake baker!

  • Meena

    Moist and delicious cake. It was a great hit at a friend’s pre-father’s day get together!

  • Tea Pea

    Hi! I made this best chocolate cake last night… and this is the besssttt chocolate everrrr!!! Its moist and so rich chocolate.. love it! Thank you.. I am so excited to suprise the birthday boy!

  • Anne

    This was absolutely delicious and moist! This recipe is our new favorite chocolate cake.

  • Sunny

    I made this recipe and it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve made, now no kids won’t stop asking for it.

  • Carolina

    Hi!! I don’t have paddle attachments. Can I use regular mixer attachments?

    • Hi Nadene!

      I have not tried making this cake before in a deep dish pan. It would take a lot longer to cook and I think the oven temperature would have to be reduced to 325 as well.

      Let me know how you make out. Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Lisa

    This cake is amazing!!! The only problem I had was I made it while my husband was at work and it almost didn’t make it that long. Definitely my new “go-to” chocolate cake recipe!! Thank you

  • Stacy

    This cake was so devious! I made it for my husbands birthday and it was a hit! My mother in law said it would win a ribbon if it was in a contest! ???

  • Holly Napier

    My daughter and I just made your recipe. I am not a baker. I love to cook, but when it comes to baking I always mess it up. Thank you for sharing this recipe it’s the first from scratch chocolate cake recipe I’ve made that turned out yummy. My four year old daughter and I had a great time making it. We used heart shaped cake pans in three different sizes and layered the cake. The frosting looked a bit messy, because I’m not good at it, but my daughter LOVED it and she loved helping and I am so happy because these are the best kind of memories to make with little ones. Thanks again. Oh and it was delicious, huge hit in our house and will definitely make it again. ♥️

  • Keira P

    Is there a way to make this cake without the coffee? And if so what would substitute for it.

  • Noor

    Hi.. Just want to Thank you for this great recipe.. I made it and it’s so nice and delicious.. My son and his friends were very happy and they ate it all..

  • Marcia S.

    Hi there….can I use salted butter for frosting? It’s all I have on hand.

  • Beth

    Made this tonight and it was delicious. I followed the recipe to a T. I did bake it in a 9×13 pan at 350 F for 30 minutes and it was perfect.
    Thank you for this recipe!

    • Hi Roseann,

      It is just 1 cup of hot brewed coffee. I just like to make mine on the stronger side.

      Thank you!

      Kelley

  • Margaret

    Hi my family loves this cake but I need a recipe for a 6in. Chocolate cake, can I use this one and just reduce the baking time tia.

    • Nathan

      Hi Margaret,

      If you want to make a 6in cake, you can just divide the recipe in half. Divide bater into 2, 6in pans. The baking time will a lot shorter, I would start to check it after 15 mins or so.
      You can check if its done by inserting a tooth pic in the center to see if it comes out dry. I hope you enjoy! Thank you for commenting!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Looks wonderful. If you want to make this, and you don’t have Brown Sugar on hand, use 2 c. White Granulated Sugar and 1 T. Molasses. (Light Brown Sugar = 1 c. White Sugar + 1 T. Molasses; Dark Brown Sugar = 1 c. White Sugar + 2 T. Molasses.) I make brown sugar as I need it. If the Brown Sugar is an ingredient in a recipe, i.e. cookies, add the White Sugar and Molasses as 2 separate ingredients. There’s no need to combine them first.

    • Nathan

      Hi Bunny,

      Thank you for your tips and tricks!
      Hope you have a great day!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Nina

    Really frustrated and disappointed! I have made this recipe twice back to back, followed the instructions diligently, using Wilton cake pans, buttered and floured the pans, used baking strips, and both times the cakes unmold in pieces! Not sure what the problem is, but I’ve never had any problems baking. The cake is quite good, I just wish it would stay in one piece. Will have to find another chocolate cake recipe, this one aint working.

  • Parveez Ladha

    I made it for my daughter who loves chocolate cake and it turned out so moist and delicious. My sister who never tries chocolate cake tried it and she was impressed that she asked me for the recipe. WOW cake indeed will definitely make it again.

    • Nathan

      Hi Parveez,

      I’m so glad your daughter and sister loved it so much! Thank you for trying out this recipe and for commenting!

      Nathan

  • Ann

    I see, you are a real cake specialist! Chocolate cake is always a good idea, I like that it hardly ever annoys neither me, nor my family or friends when I bake it for every second holiday))) Most of all I love baking, that’s why I am always in search of untested recipes, and I always find something new and creative here, thank you so much, I appreciate it!

    • Nathan

      Hi Ann,

      I hope you enjoy the cake! Thanks so much for checking out the recipe!

      Nathan