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This month marks the one year anniversary of the Chocolate Party!!! When Roxana, who created this dessert loving group, suggested baking our family’s favorite chocolate dessert to celebrate this milestone, I knew I’d have a heck of a time deciding on one recipe. But the hubby and sons are always hounding me to make layer cakes. A chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting to be specific. This is one we loved.

I received an e-mail from the Cardiac Cath Lab at the hospital where Bill works. They were having their annual themed cake event and wondered if I would send in a cake. I knew I was going to bake this cake for the Chocolate Party, but how was I to transform it into a May, June or September themed cake? Those were obviously the least desirable, leftover months. I inserted a dowel rod into the center and arranged dangling ribbons from the apex for a May pole. A few pink flowers completed the decor. Voila…a May Day themed cake. Bill said there were only crumbs by the time he made his way to have a sample. A good sign. The cake was a winner. Except I probably need to bake up another one for my family! Since Bill left for work before 6 AM, I didn’t get a chance to take a nice photo of my May Day cake…but above are all the “before” photos.

Roxana has been planning this anniversary party for months. She has baked up one recipe from each of 12 chocolate loving friends and will feature them on her blog throughout the month. This chocolate layer cake is being featured today…check it out here at Roxana’s Home Baking. You will also have a chance to share one of your favorite chocolate recipes…just add your link to the linky party on her blog…and this will automatically enter you to win something from her giveaway. Scroll down to see all the participation rules. And check out all the excellent sponsors who have offered some amazing prizes. Here is what’s up for grabs:

One (1) sugary gift basket from Imperial Sugar : custom sugar sack apron, pack of 5 two pound granulated sugar bags, 8 one pound brown sugar boxes and 8 one pound powdered sugar bags (valued at $75)

One (1) 10 piece nonstick bakeware baking set from Calphalon (valued at $100)

One (1) special edition brewing system from Keurig (valued at $ $150)

One (1) honey sweet basket from Honey Ridge Farms (valued at $100)

One (1) box filled with OXO Good Cookie*** tools from OXO (valued at $110)

One (1) Gift Basket from Land O Lakes® Butter containing : Land O Lakes® Butter, Set of mixing bowls, Cake carrier, Measuring cups, Baking spatulas, Silpat pan liner (valued at $120)

One (1) $100 Visa gift card offered by Roxana’s Home Baking

Due to international shipping rates, all the prizes are open to US residents only.

Winners will be chosen at random on October 1st.


The September Chocolate Party will start Monday, September 2nd and every other day a new recipe will be shared until September 30th. How to participate in September’s Chocolate Party:

1. {mandatory} Make your family’s favorite chocolate dessert and share it with us for a chance to win one of the 6 great prizes offered by our sponsors. You can also add recipes that have been previously shared on your blog. (5 recipes maximum) If you do not have a blog, just email me roxana(at)roxanagreengirl(dot)com your recipe with your own photo (it can be a photo snapped with your phone, as long as it is your photo) and I will create a page with your recipe.

2. {mandatory} Once your recipe is published, add your link to the widget at the bottom of this post (the widget will be working starting September 2nd till September 30th) ( on October 1st, 6 winners will be chosen at random from all the recipes submitted)

3. {mandatory} To be eligible to win one of the amazing prizes** offered by our generous sponsors you must add the following in your post : Bring your favorite chocolate dessert to Roxana’s home baking #chocolateparty and win amazing prizes from OXO, Calphalon, Keurig, Imperial Sugar, Honey Ridge Farms and Land O Lakes® Butter

4. {optional} Help us spread the word on social media for a chance to win one $100 Visa gift card, offered by Roxana’s Home Baking. To enter the giveaway, see the widget on Roxana’s blog . New entries are added every day, so check often!

5. {optional} Add the party logo or this collage to your blog post or sidebar. Or both!



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Chocolate Layer Cake #Chocolate Party


Adapted from Foodess and Hershey’s

For cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted (Land O Lakes® Butter)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup hot coffee (I used one cup boiling water with 2 teaspoons instant coffee)

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter two 9 inch cake pans, line with parchment rounds and butter top of parchment. Set aside.
  2. With a stand mixer, stir together first six ingredients. Add eggs, buttermilk, butter and vanilla and beat for about 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping sides of bowl at least once. Stir in coffee.
  3. Divide batter between the two pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully remove cakes from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Remove parchment.
  4. Frost when cool.

For Buttercream Frosting

  1. Cream butter. Add cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with milk. Beat till it reaches spreading consistency, adding more milk as needed. Mix in vanilla.

Makes 2 cups frosting.

Yield 10-12 servings.

Disclosure: I was given a coupon for Land O Lakes® Butter for participating in this Chocolate Party. I was not paid by nor required to mention Land o’ Lakes in this blog post.

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56 comments on “Chocolate Layer Cake #Chocolate Party”

  1. Beautiful cake. I can close my eyes and imagine myself eating it. 🙂

  2. Liz, Nothing beats a lush layer cake—especially all chocolate. Though we didn’t get to feast our eyes on the May Day Cake, I’m content to stare longingly at the Chocolate Party entry depicted herein!

  3. Hi Liz, the cake looks amazing and delicious!!

  4. Oh my, this definitely looks like a special occasion cake, love it Liz!

  5. Hi Liz,
    Thanks so much for allowing me to bake this cake and share it not only with my family but with my readers as well. It’s definitely a recipe to keep in our favorite folder.
    Thanks so much for being supportive of the party year long!

  6. Liz, this cake is so gorgeous! Great job!

  7. I love how you decorated this, so simple and elegant!!

  8. That cakes sure does look like a winner Liz, I love a good old fashioned chocolate cake. Too bad you didn’t have the May Day cake photos, I would have loved to see it.

  9. I cannot remember the last time I made a layer cake. Your looks FABULOUS. And the icing and decoration is elegant and beautiful.

  10. Would it be awful of me to just stick my whole face into that cake and eat my way out? Golly… what a beautiful cake for the eyes to behold. Roxana’s having a rocking good anniversary!!

    PS… I hate to bother you Liz…. but I would appreciate if you could please vote for my burger (you can vote 3x in a row a day until September 17th) It’s the Grand Slam Burger by Curry and Comfort.

  11. My dear friend Liz.
    What a beautiful cake, so delicious in the dough as the filling. Very beautiful, simple and elegant decoration. I would love to taste it.

  12. Gosh that’s gorgeous! Love the looks of it, and I’ll bet the flavor is sensational. You rock! 😉 Thanks for this.

  13. I love all things chocolate but chocolate layer cake is my favorite. So pretty and so delicious all at once. Love this cake!

  14. There is nothing that tops a chocolate cake topped with chocolate frosting and garnished with chocolate bits when you are having a chocolate craving. I don’t think this cake would last long in our home!

  15. Lizzy, that’s a pretty chocolate cake! A slice of that cake would certainly cheer me up 🙂

  16. That cake looks perfect – well done!

  17. I should have waited to make my chocolate coconut cake! This looks divine!

  18. You can never go wrong with chocolate!

  19. Sounds like a great party and what a cake to start off the celebration of Party Chocolate! I’m not surprised there were only crumbs left.

  20. I’m swooning, Liz, over how gorgeous your cake is. This is the perfect recipe for you to pick to celebrate Chocolate Party’s one year anniversary!

  21. Those layers of chocolate cake are calling my name and I wish I had a spoon to “sample” your buttercream ;).

  22. This cake looks so dreamy! *SWOON* I want a big slice of this with a tall glass of milk. YUM! Is it bad to want a slice at 10:30 at night?

  23. I think I’ll drop by later lol That cake is gorgeous , Lizzy ! Sinfully rich and the chocolate ball topping is such a perfect addition !

  24. Wow! These look so decadent! I love them.

  25. I can see why this is a repeat performance cake, Liz. Love the idea of making this into a May Day cake. Given the scrumptious looking nature of your gateau, I’d say you are lucky you got any photos!

  26. I love a good old fashioned chocolate cake with icing! YUM!!

  27. Simply beautiful cake, Liz!!

  28. I can’t get that image of this luscious looking cake as a May Day cake out of my head. Perhaps it is wishful thinking for turning the months back a bit, lol…I haven’t had a really good from scratch Chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting in waaaaaayyyyyy to long. I must change that! This sounds like a sweet and tasty event, Liz with very generous sponsors. Thank you so much for sharing…

  29. This cake looks fantastic, I can see why your family likes it so much!

  30. Like I told Roxana…chocolate buttercream is like my one true weakness when it comes to baked goods. I could literally eat like 4 cups of it like dip without even realizing it haha

  31. Lizzy, your decadent chocolate buttercream cake has to be my all-time favorite…a chocolate ‘lovers’ dream!
    So rich and decadent, love the simplicity of the decoration…don’t need lots of ‘fanchy schmancy’ decors. Just gorgeous and heavenly delicious! xoxo

  32. Hi Liz,
    This is a fabulous recipe. I’ve used it a lot. A great thing that I changed, if you switch out 1/4 cup of the buttermilk for 1/4 cup of kaluha. It’s awe some! I hope you try it and love it!

  33. Congratulations to all of you who participate in the event. The cake is a perfect fit for the celebrations.

  34. What a truly lovely cake! Makes me feel the need to bake a little one for myself, just because this is screaming my name!

  35. An absolutely gorgeous, decadent cake…Perfect to celebrate such an important event as our chocolate party.

  36. O_O

    It’s…so….beaaaautiful!!! Seriously, such a stunning cake, Liz!

  37. aahh What beautiful chocolate cake dear Lizzy, my twins really would love this cake:))

  38. Absolutely gorgeous cake!

  39. That cake is so perfect looking. I love the smooth even surface. You have frosted it beautifully. The people who work with Bill must love him coming in with gifts like this xx

  40. I just devoured this sin w/ my eyes! MMMmmmmm , It was DAMN good. Xx

  41. Gorgeous cake! To be made only for special occasions. 🙂

  42. A very very beautiful chocolate cake, Liz.

  43. That reminds me, my brother recently baked a cheesecake. I should go grab a slice.

  44. A beautiful luscious cake. I could eat the whole cake, ok maybe not the whole in one sitting, but in couple of days, it’s gone, it looks that good….Chocolate party, now that sounds interesting.

  45. I was flabbergasted when I saw this on Facebook and more so now, it is perfection 😀


  46. Okay, Liz the photo that you took looks beautiful and I am glad that you did take the photo before because I’m sure the cake was obliterated, devoured, gone in minutes. Okay, sorry that’s too graphic. 🙂 You have a great weekend, Liz!

  47. Loving your chocolate layer cake and wishing for a piece!! Will be thinking of you this Sunday when we make our way into SF to watch our 49ers vs. your Packers 😉

  48. I would devour this cake if it was put in front of me. Perfection!

  49. That looks like an amazing cake, Lizzy! I wish I could eat something like that, but I have problems with major stimulants these days thanks to menopause. Ugh! I had no idea that it would be so difficult.

    Very purty!!

  50. It may be early, but I really wish I had a slice to go with my coffee right now! Beautiful Cake!

  51. My little Gabbi would be in seventh heaven with this one. With our without the May themed decor this is very pretty.

  52. Oh I wish I can make a gorgeous chocolate cake like yours! I’ll be so proud and bring one to every party. Very beautiful, Lizzy!

  53. Lizzy,
    This cake looks absolutely delicious! I wish I had some right now.

  54. I just made this cake for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow. I used 9″ cake pans and had just enough frosting to cover the cake. There wasn’t enough to my liking for the middle layer or enough to get around the cake. I will double the frosting recipe if I make it again to assure that I have enough.

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