The Best Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Otherwise known as "Black Magic Cake" this is my entire family's go to cake... with Chocolate or Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. So when my son was diagnosed with celiac disease, naturally it was one of the first cakes we made gluten-free!

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The Best Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Moist, Chocolatey & beyond YUMMY!

This cake is for all chocolate lovers!

It is an old-fashioned, made-from-scratch cake that is moist and chocolatey and sooooo good!

The recipe is from my Aunt and it’s a longtime family favorite.  It’s that cake that my family makes whenever we need a cake — birthdays, holidays, random get togethers.

So naturally, it is one of the first cakes we made gluten-free once my son was diagnosed with celiac disease.

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It’s made with all the usual goods — flour (we use with GF Jules -affiliate link ), sugar, eggs, Hershey cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, canola oil, vanilla plus coffee and buttermilk for extra flavor and moistness.

It’s frosted with a homemade classic buttercream frosting.

And it can be made with a chocolate frosting or vanilla buttercream frosting and both ways it is delish!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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The Best Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting
 
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This is a long time family favorite recipe that we have been making gluten-free for years. It's moist, chocolatey and so yummy! It can be made with with a chocolate or vanilla frosting, and can be made as a single cake or made twice as a double layer cake.
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Recipe type: Dessert, Baking, Cake
Cuisine: Gluten-free
Ingredients
Pan size:
  • Recipe makes a 9x13x2 inch pan OR an angel food cake pan (the10 inch round pan with hole in center) OR a 2 9 -inch round springform pan (as I used here for a double layer cake)
Cake
  • TIP: For a double layer cake, split batter between 2 spring form pans OR cut the recipe in half and make once for each pan if you want to be extra sure that the cakes are the same size
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ all purpose flour (I use GFJules) (affiliate link)
  • ¾ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong black coffee (I used decaf) or 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee plus 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (to sour milk: use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 c. OR buy the buttermilk and use remainder in pancakes)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Vanilla Frosting (This is enough to cover one cake, double if doing a double layer cake)
  • 1 box confectioner sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ stick butter
  • 4½ tbsp milk
Chocolate Frosting (This is enough to cover one cake, double if doing a double layer cake)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter softened
  • Hershey’s Cocoa (1/3 c. light flavor; ½ c. dark flavor; ¾ c. dark flavor – this is what I use)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2⅔ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 to 6 Tablespoons milk
Instructions
Cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour whichever pan(s) you're using.
  3. In large mixer bowl, blend sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 min. or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely. Frost as desired.
Vanilla Frosting
  1. In a small mixing bowl, beat butter. Add remaining ingredients, and mix until combined and creamy.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. In small mixer bowl, beat butter. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk; beat to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The Best Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

  1. My Mother’s made this cake for us all the time. She would color the frosting of the time of year or holidays. My favorite chocolate cake!

    1. Yay!It is my extended family’s go to cake as well! Love the idea of coloring the frosting to make it more festive! Thanks for sharing!

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