Chocolate Layer Cake for #SundaySupper

by Renee on October 14, 2012

Chocolate Layer Cake

There are times we all need some comfort. Stressful, busy, sad, or anxious days are made a little better with certain foods. Which foods? It is different for every single person. I go for just about any food in general when I need a little comfort. Food itself is comforting to me. I head directly towards chocolate when I need a lot of comfort. My ultimate choice is a chocolate layer cake. Rich, moist, and with a thick dose of creamy frosting.

The important part to me is the frosting. I have said before, cake is only there to hold up the frosting. Granted I do bake and enjoy cakes without frosting, usually a bundt or ones baked in a tube pan. However, if they were all lined up on a dessert bar I would choose the ones with frosting first. This chocolate layer cake has oodles of frosting. The recipe makes enough that even I had some leftover. I may or may not have kept the extra and ate it all by itself. Ahem.

A slice of Chocolate Layer Cake

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We are thrilled to have Lee Woodruff joining us for this event. Lee is an author, contributor to CBS Good Morning, wife, mother, and one who has been through some tough times. Her husband, Bob, was critically injured while reporting in Iraq in 2006. You can read about it in her book, In an Instant. She also has two other books, Perfectly Imperfect and the recently released Those We Love Most.

Lee will be tweeting with us in the #SundaySupper chat. Set your reminder and join in today (Sunday, October 14th) at 7pm Eastern Time. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and be sure to include it in your tweets during the chat. Take a look at the #SundaySupper Pinterest board for even more food photos and recipes.

What is your ultimate comfort food? Do you find yourself craving it during a tough time or is it seasonal? So interesting how food plays a greater part in our lives than only for eating. Family dinners, celebrations, fun times, sad times, and so much more is highlighted with food. The wonderful memories held in a taste or smell can be unleashed and give us comfort when we need it.

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake

    For the cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • For the frosting:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 cups sifted powdered sugar
For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and then flour the pans.

In a large bowl, add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in hot coffee and boiling water. The batter will be thin. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting:

In a medium saucepan, add the butter, cocoa, and milk. Cook over low heat until butter melts, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Add salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar to the pan. Beat on high speed of an electric mixer until of spreading consistency. (Frosting will thicken as it cools). Add additional warm milk if necessary.

For the cake:

Spread frosting on top of each layer and on the sides of the cake. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

You may have extra frosting as this recipe makes a big batch. Store any leftover frosting in the refrigerate for up to 1 week. Bring frosting to room temperature to use.

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Cake recipe adapted from Hershey’s and That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Frosting adapted from Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes

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Baker Street October 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

“Rich, moist, and with a thick dose of creamy frosting” – Who could resist? I imagine baking this much be just as fun as eating it! Absolutely delicious, Renee.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 14, 2012 at 3:26 am

Oh dear, Renee! This chocolate cake looks absolutely amazing! Now, I will go to bed dreaming of this chocolate cake! :)

I would seriously eat chocolate cake everyday, with every meal/3x a day . . if that was socially acceptable and healthy for me :P I love it so much! Rich, moist, and with a thick dose of creamy frosting? Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 5:54 am

It´s hard to beat the comfort of an all chocolate cake. And this one is perfectly cut and frosted Renee! Wonderful for today!

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Liz October 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

YUM!!! I think you know this is a family favorite! I will definitely try your version/tweaks…simply gorgeous!

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

What a STUNNING cake!!!

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Heather @girlichef October 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Oh my gosh – that is a gorgeous cake. I love the temptingly fat layers of frosting that envelope that chocolatey cake. Just beautiful. And totally comforting.

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Martin D. Redmond October 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

Ha! I love your “how about a little cake to go with that frosting” philosophy;-) I do the same thing with syrup on pancakes! Awesome post! It’s o-dark thiry here in California and your’ve got me craving a piece of this cake already!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina October 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

And what do you do with the extra frosting? Eat it with a spoon! :D

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Laura @ Family Spice October 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh yeah, that cake would totally make me comfortable! I could not bake this cake. I would eat the whole cake. Seriously. I’d hide it from the family and keep it all to myself!

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CJ at Food Stories October 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

This looks beautiful, Renee … I’m a frosting girl, too :)

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CamMi Pham October 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

The look so good :) I want to bake a cake today. will try your frosting
Cammi @ Cammilicious.com

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Wendy (TheWeekend Gourmet) October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Yes…it IS all about the frosting! Nothing better than a good fudge buttercream…mmmm!

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The Wimpy Vegetarian October 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Frosting is a whole separate food group on its own as far as I’m concerned. I can sit and just eat a bowl of it. This is a beautiful cake recipe – I love it!!!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

There’s nothing more comforting than a luscious chocolate cake!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) October 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I agree, the frosting can make or break a cake. And you can’t the deny the comfort of a slice of perfect chocolate cake. This looks pretty perfect Renee!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I think I might live exclusively on comfort food. Is that wrong?

This cake is just…yum. That’s the only word for it-YUM!

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Alaiyo October 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Chocolate cake is in my “Top 10″ as a comfort food. This cake has my mouth watering, seriously. I love the composition for your photos as well.

Alaiyo

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Hezzi-D October 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Your cake looks beautiful!

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) October 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I would TOTALLY agree that a chocolate layered cake is a perfect comfort food! And as a frosting fan, I love that you’ve got a nice layer of frosting on there!

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diabeticFoodie October 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Gorgeous! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more moist-looking chocolate cake.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal October 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Omg this chocolate cake looks to die for! Save me a slice.

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Momma's Meals October 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This looks to die for. Like I’d have it with a big ol’ glass of milk! Also looks like the chocolate cakes my mom used to make for my birthday growing up :)

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Jane October 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Oh…I love the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake and the Hershey’s Black Magic cake. Yum!!

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Megan October 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Now THAT looks like an amazing chocolate cake! I want a piece now!

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Kathia October 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I need a big piece right now…. PLEASE!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Oh yes, my favorite cake – chocolate with more chocolate!

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Tara Noland October 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Don’t you just love chocolate cake, always looking for a good recipe too!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog October 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

There is nothing better than a good old classic chocolate cake with a generous helping of chocolate frosting. This cake is gorgeous, and now I’m craving a big old hunk. Yum!

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Katie October 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I have to agree with you: cake is great, but the frosting is what makes it, in my opinion! Yours looks absolutely delightful!

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Carla October 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I love how this cake is simple yet decadent! When it comes to birthday cakes, we end up making plain chocolate cake, similar to this actually. Can’t go wrong!! All you’re missing are some sprinkles ;) (ok and ice cream)

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’ll have to put sprinkles on the side for those who like them…

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I’m with you, Renee – chocolate cake is definitely one of my go-to comfort foods! The one exception is the frosting – I actually like eating the cake plain. Your frosting, however, sounds amazingly decadent. I wish I had a piece of your cake right now with a big frosty glass of milk!

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes October 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Renee this cake looks amazing. As you already know I’m a firm believer that chocolate makes all things better and is the ultimate comfort food. I love this!

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Nicole!

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Kim Bee October 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Okay love this. Classic chocolate layer cake is so amazing. Can I just say I giggled at the thought of leftover icing. Never happens here. We’re all spooning it into our pie, er, cakeholes.

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yep, extra frosting does not go to waste here either. All I need is a spoon.

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Jennifer B October 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I might just have to make this for my mom! She is a chocolate cake fiend and would so much appreciate it!

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’ll make it for my mom too. She already called and requested it.

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Beate October 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

That is divine! I love chocolate, and cake so good! I actually could use a big piece right now :)

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Laura Hunter October 15, 2012 at 6:08 am

Cake is one of those things that I know will always bring a smile to my husband’s face after really stressful days. He is a cake and tea kind of guy. I sometimes think he could live off cake and tea. :)

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

You should see my husband with cookies, especially peanut butter cookies.

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Anita at Hungry Couple October 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

For all the fancy desserts out there, I agree that the original is the best. Chocolate cake, lots of frosting and a tall glass of milk! :)

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Yes, a tall glass of milk or a big cup of coffee. Sometimes red wine.

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Stephanie Zielinski October 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

Can I have a piece of this right now???!!! This may have to be made for my son’s birthday at the end of the month.

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Renee October 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Unfortunately the cake is all gone. I suppose you will have to wait until you make it for your son’s birthday.

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Crazy Kwistin October 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Yummy! Looks delicious :)

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

That Chocolate cake looks fantastic! Just perfect in every way!

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Sarah October 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

Amen to the frosting!! The cake looks great but the frosting? Win.

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Sarah October 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

I completely agree with you on all levels about comfort food. The first thing I reach for when I’m sad, mad, or happy is food. I soothe myself with food and I reward myself with food. I normally go for the pasta and rice dishes but I can completely get on board with the chocolate layer cake. :)

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Jamie October 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

I think a lot of us have some version of this wonderful, moist, chocolatey cake! I know I have a couple and when I need comfort I head directly to this recipe! Perfect!

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Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) October 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Buttermilk… delicious! I love a good chocolate cake.

Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

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Amanda October 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

This looks delicious!

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Anne P @ Webicurean October 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

that cake looks GREAT! I don’t bake cakes often, but I think I need to correct that! Certainly my husband won’t complain, especially if chocolate is involved!

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