Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I thought I found the best ever chocolate cake when I baked my Triple Layer Cocoa Cake, but it’s no fun to make the same cake over and over.  So when my friend, Sandra, made this recipe and shared a photo of a decadent slice, I knew I had found my son Nick’s birthday cake!  He was adamant that his celebration would involve a Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting…and the birthday child always gets what he wants!

And once again, when I tried to discern which chocolate cake was the “better” one, I got the usual answer:  “You’ll have to bake them both at the same time for a side by side comparison.”  I think the family just wanted more cake!

This cake was a bit crumbly around the edges so grease your pans well and make sure to line them with a round of buttered parchment.  Don’t worry, though, as any imperfections can be covered up with icing.  It received thumbs up from the birthday boy…extremely moist and scrumptious…another winner!

Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting~

  • Adapted from Foodess and Hershey's
  • 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
  • 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 6 (dry) 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 run a knife around edges of pans. Carefully remove cakes from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Gently remove parchment.
  4. Ice when cool.
  5. Buttercream Frosting
  6. Cream butter. Add cocoa and powdered sugar alternately with milk. Beat till it reaches spreading consistency, adding more milk as needed. Mix in vanilla.
  7. Makes 2 cups frosting.
  8. Yield 10-12 servings.

This is linked to Sweets for a Saturday~


  1. that looks so good!

  2. I’m a huge fan of chocolate cake…but I’m in a lemon mood…bought a bag of lemons last night to make your lemon bars.

  3. Lizzy! You and your cakes! I keep wanting to make ALL OF THEM! Good thing there’s 31 days in May!

  4. Thanks, Mary!!!
    Bo, wonderful! I hope you enjoy them~

  5. Pegasuslegend says:

    Whats not to love with chocolate heaven… lovely cake!

  6. ButterYum says:

    Uh oh, I would be able to be trusted around that cake – looks amazing!


  7. Lizzy,

    I am glad your family liked the recipe 🙂

    I just showed Alex this post, and he said, “What a gorgeous cake, you should make that recipe!” I just looked at him … LOL


  8. ButterYum says:


  9. Mmm…there’s nothing better than a chocolate cake with chocolate icing! I love the chocolate shavings on top. Happy Birthday to your son!

  10. Parsley Sage says:

    Brilliant birthday cake! It looks outstanding and if the birthday boy was a happy camper, that’s a double win in my book. Well done!

  11. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my favorite birthday cake!! You did a great job with the frosting and the shavings on top!

  12. Pretend Chef says:

    I like their way of thinking for the side by side comparison, haha! There are so many chocolate cakes being blogged about this morning my itty bitty is running around the house on a sugar high from all the gorgeous photos. His 3rd birthday is coming up and he actually understands the concept of a party this year so ever blog with a cake he’ll ask me if it’s for his “Cars burfday parey?” Haha!

  13. briarrose says:

    Ehehehe….side by side comparison in a quest for more cake…I am totally remembering this excuse. 😉

    Awesome cake….it’s just wrong for me to crave cake this early in the day.

  14. Lizzy, that’s so sweet of you to stop by my blog! I just started this new one and imported some of my old posts over a couple days. your comment was the first one on my first post of the new blog! 🙂
    Anyways, this cake looks absolutely beautiful… and delicious!

  15. ryobious says:

    That looks absolutely fantastic. I made a chocolate cake yesterday and mine totally doesn’t look like that, haha! YUM!

  16. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    This looks wonderful…you can never go wrong with chocolate cake and this one is so beautiful!

  17. Yum!

  18. Your cake looks as pretty as those in bakery windows. The chocolate curls are a nice touch.

  19. Jennifurla says:

    I just love your pictures here, and would like to be sitting at the table with a slice. Yummy

  20. The Country Cook says:

    Oh lawd – you put chocolate shavings on top too. Have mercy!!

  21. Lin Ann says:

    I bet your son won’t forget this birthday cake. Just got home from N. Carolina and your cake looks as beautiful as some of the desserts I saw this week. Your desserts always look wonderful, no wonder they wanted two!!!

  22. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} says:

    Your son is so lucky to have this chocolate birthday cake – coffee always enhances that chocolate flavor 🙂

  23. I love this recipe, it’s really close to Hersey’s which is so moist. I’m always in the mood for a piece of chocolate cake.

  24. 5 Star Foodie says:

    What a decadent chocolate cake, so perfect for a birthday celebration!

  25. Le Petit Lapin says:

    Delicious looking chocolate cake!! There’s nothing like a huge slice of cake and cold glass of milk.

  26. Elisabeth says:

    Lizzy-Your chocolate cake is so decadent, and elegant, this would be the perfect cake for birthdays, holidays, and any occasion. Simple, beautiful, and the chocolate curls are all the decoration you need. Thanks for the inspiration, and for sharing this amazing recipe!!!

  27. Una Semplice Passione says:

    Wow, what a cake! I can already imagine the taste of it. Yum.

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