World’s Best Chocolate Layer Cake

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Though my boyfriend Justin claims that he isn’t a sweets kind of guy, his favourite dessert in the entire world just so happens to be double chocolate cake. The logic behind this is something I will never understand, but the sentiment is one I’m totally on board with. I’ve tested out a lot of recipes in my time, and though many of them deserve at least a mention, this one in particular is worthy of an entire anthem. I whipped it up for his birthday last weekend and, though it’s a bold statement, I can confidently say that it is THE world’s best chocolate cake. 

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World's Best Chocolate Cake
Serves 12
Moist, delicious... truly the world's best chocolate layer cake
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
544 calories
66 g
88 g
31 g
6 g
14 g
158 g
447 g
47 g
1 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
158g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544
Calories from Fat 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
48%
Saturated Fat 14g
70%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 88mg
29%
Sodium 447mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 66g
22%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 47g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE CAKE
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 2 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1 tsp. kosher salt
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  13. FOR THE FROSTING
  14. 6 oz. good quality semi-sweet chocolate (I used Lindt)
  15. 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  16. 1 large egg yolk
  17. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  18. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  19. 1 tbsp. instant coffee
  20. 2 tsp. hot water
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CAKE
  2. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. 2. Line three 8" cake pans with parchment paper & gently butter the paper and sides of the pans.
  4. 3. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt on low speed.
  5. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix until incorporated. Slowly add the coffee, and mix until incorporated.
  6. 5. Fill each pan evenly, and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. 6. Once finished, let cool in pans on wire racks for 30 minutes. Then, carefully remove each cake and let cool completely.
  8. FOR THE FROSTING
  9. 1. Heat chocolate until melted and set aside to cool slightly.
  10. 2. In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat for a minute or so.
  11. 3. Turn the speed to low and add the confectioners sugar, mixing until combined.
  12. 4. In a separate bowl, mix the hot water with the coffee granules.
  13. 5. Gently pour the melted chocolate and coffee into the frosting mixture until just combined.
  14. TO ASSEMBLE
  15. 1. Once completely cooled, gently place your first cake layer on your plate/cake stand.
  16. 2. Top with 1/3 frosting, spreading in an even layer
  17. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 for the remaining layers
  18. 4. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then dig in!
Adapted from Ina Garten
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calories
544
fat
31g
protein
6g
carbs
66g
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Adapted from Ina Garten
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COMMENTS (24)
24 Responses to “World’s Best Chocolate Layer Cake”
  1. Looks beautiful! I’m so with you in that this is probably one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had. I love how you used three layers and made a naked cake! That makes it so much easier!

    • Jacquelyn says:

      I still can’t believe we posted THE SAME RECIPE this week. Soul sisters! I give you serious props for your two layered beauty – that thing was a masterpiece! Naked is so much easier ;)

  2. Caroline L. says:

    That is certainly one bold statement to make, but I trust you!! Excited to attempt this soon :)

  3. Nnenna says:

    Oh my, this looks absolutely scrumptious! I’ve never made a chocolate cake before, but I really want to try this recipe!

  4. I’m gonna try this asap :)
    It looks delicious… really delicious!!!
    xx
    Novella

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  5. Looks absolutely spectacular, Jacquelyn! And love naked cakes, always. :)

  6. THE world’s best chocolate cake?!? You bet I can get on board with that!! I think this means that I have to make this for my bf’s birthday in a couple of months – and I love the look of it naked!! lol :)

  7. Jill wolder says:

    Step number two says to cream butter. Butter is not listed in list of ingredients for cake!

  8. I love your recipes, definitely giving this a try:)

  9. Shoko says:

    i must have this.

  10. sarah says:

    Her original recipe states to use 2 8-in cake pans. Several of the reviews for that recipe said the batter overflowed so they used 9-in pans. But some reviews said 2 8-in pans was perfect.

    Was “too much batter” the reason you decided to make 3 layers? I’m trying to decide whether to buy 3 8-in pans or 2 9-in pans. I don’t have any cake pans and I want to make this for Valentine’s Day – I’d like it to be perfect! Thanks!

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Hey Sarah! I actually used three cake pans because I knew I wanted to do a “naked cake” and thought it’d look prettier if it had more layers. Had I only used 2, the batter would have for sure overflowed. My 3 cake pans were about 2″ high so perhaps those who only used 2 had taller cake pans? I’m not totally certain! I would definitely recommend 3 8″ pans though, personally. Good luck!!

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  12. Matea says:

    Looks super-moist and delicious!

  13. Michelle says:

    If I am making this cake the night before, do I refrigerate overnight then leave it out for an hour or so before eating? Or leave it in the fridge for an hour then leave it out overnight? Thanks!

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Hey Michelle! I would be tempted to make it the night before and refrigerate it overnight un-iced. Because the icing is a buttercream (and should be eaten super soft), make sure you take it out of the fridge in plenty of time so that it can come back down to room temperature before icing!

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