decadent chocolate layer cake
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Chocolate Layered Cake

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It is almost the end of January. This month has a lot of cool holidays or themes like National Glaucoma Month, National Slow Cooker Month, National Cheese Lovers’ Day, and more.

However, January 27th puts in double-duty. January is National Baking Month and the 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day. So in honor of this, we have a chocolate layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

I know earlier this month there was a slow cooker chocolate cake but this one is perfect and from scratch.

Chocolate layer cake

Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

There is never a bad time for a chocolate cake. This cake is full of Layered moist chocolate-y goodness and goes well with the no-churn vanilla ice cream.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Resting Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


3 8-inch cake pans


  • 1 c. unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • c. granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 t. real vanilla extract
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • c. boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 3 8” round cake pans, then line bottom with round parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water in a medium bowl until well combined and no lumps remain.
  • 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.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and place in the pre-heated oven. Bake 22-28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • 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).
  • To assemble the cake, place the first layer top-side down on a cake plate. Add 1/3 of the frosting 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!


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.
Keyword cake, chocolate, Dessert
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Here is the lovely buttercream to finish your creation!

chocolaate buttercream frosting
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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A luscious partner to the Chocolate Layer Cake
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream, cake, chocolate, icing



  • 1 c. unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • 16- oz. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 T. whole milk
  • 1 t. real vanilla extract


  • Mix the butter and cocoa powder in a large bowl until well blended.
    chocolate buttercream cocoa butter
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until all of the sugar is combined.
    chocolate buttercream powdered sugar cocoa butter
  • Stir in milk and vanilla extract, if using, to reach desired consistency.
    chocolate buttercream cocoa butter milk
  • Spread on desired cake layers!
    chocolaate buttercream frosting


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