Today is #NationalChocolateCakeDay ! It’s the perfect holiday and great reason to make a heavenly chocolate cake. Enjoy my go to recipe!
Really Good Chocolate Cake
This is three full layers of cake, not one cake cut into three layers! With lots of rich milk chocolate frosting between and all around. Oh yeah!
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 4-oz. bar unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
Milk Chocolate Frosting
- 3 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 8 ounces milk chocolate candy bars melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and Flour three 9" round cake pans.
In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
In a large heatproof bowl, combine the unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder. Heat the water and butter in a pot over medium heat until butter is melted but water is simmering not boiling.
Pour hot liquid over chocolate and cocoa mixture and stir to combine and melted and smooth.
Add the sugar and mix to combine. Make sure chocolate mixture has cooled then add the eggs, one at a time and use a hand mixer to just combine. Add vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture alternating with the buttermilk, finish with the flour, being sure to scrape down the sides. Don’t over mix.
Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake 20-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert and cool on rack. Cool completely before frosting.
In the bowl of a stand up mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and slowly add the sugar. Be sure to scrape down the sides. Drizzle in melted, cooled chocolate until evenly combined
Frost each layer with about ¾ cup frosting and between each layer. Use remaining frosting to frost whole outer cake.
Melt additional chocolate candy bars and drizzle over the top of frosted cake for decoration.