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!

The Best Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Moist, Chocolatey & beyond YUMMY!

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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 entire extended family makes whenever we need a cake — birthdays, holidays, random get togethers.

And it’s always served on Christmas Day!

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 — all purpose gluten-free flour (we use with GF Jules -affiliate link ), sugar, egg, Hershey  cocoa (100% cacao unsweetened), baking powder, baking soda, salt, canola oil, vanilla plus coffee (we used a dark roast decaf) and buttermilk (we made some!) for extra flavor and moistness.

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Back to the Chocolate Cake….

And it is the easiest ever!

All you do it mix the dry ingredients together, add in the wet ingredients and that’s it!

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Pour or spoon into your cake pan and bake!

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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We’ve even made this cake as cupcakes and they are so good!

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Recipe

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
  • ¾ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 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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13 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!

  2. This looks amazing and I plan on making it for a friend’s birthday next week as she has celiac disease. One question though, can’t I just use 2 round cake pans? Is there a reason for the spring form pan?

  3. I just made this cake last night. It was easy to make and tastes delicious. It really is the best chocolate cake! My only concern is the center of the cake was concave…it did not rise like a typical cake. Any thoughts on what I did wrong?
    Will absolutely make again!

  4. I made this cake today, and it was absolutely, wonderfully, delicious. Usually when I make gluten free cake it’s very dense, not the case with this recipe. This cake was moist, and fluffy, and the icing was fantastic!
    My family loved it, and will definitely be making this again.

  5. I made this as cupcakes today for my daughter’s birthday. We are a family of 3 Celiacs and my birthday daughter is also lactose intolerant. I substituted with oatmilk and water instead of coffee. Used vegan butter in the frosting as well.
    This was the most moist and flavourful GF chocolate cake/cupcakes I have ever tasted. Thank you so much. Will definitely make it again ❤️.

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