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Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"Buttermilk is beloved in recipes for its ability to make rich, moist cakes. This chocolate buttermilk layer cake uses a variety of your favorite chopped candy bars sprinkled between each layer and as a coating for a sweet, crunchy surprise. This will quickly become a family favorite."
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1 h 35 m servings 805
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms of three 8- or 9-inch-round cake pans; line with a parchment or wax paper circle. Grease parchment, then coat lightly with small amount of cocoa, tapping out excess.
  2. Sift flour, cup cocoa, baking soda and salt together into a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, coffee and vanilla extract in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula; beat again. Alternately add flour mixture in three additions with the buttermilk mixture in two additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat again. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Invert each layer onto wire rack; remove parchment paper, then invert right-side-up. Cool completely.
  5. To assemble: Level (trim tops off) the cakes if desired using a serrated knife. Place a dollop of frosting in the center of a cake pedestal or serving platter so the cake won't slip. Tear four strips of parchment paper and place in a square around the outer 3 inches of pedestal (this will help prevent getting the frosting on the pedestal). Place one cake layer over dollop of frosting. Spread about 1 cup frosting over top; sprinkle top evenly with about 1/4 cup chopped Crunch bar. Top with another cake layer; spread with about 1 cup frosting. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Crunch bar. Top with third cake layer. Cover the top and sides with a thin layer of frosting (this is the "crumb coat"; it doesn't have to be perfect). Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then cover with the remaining frosting. With hands, press chopped Butterfinger around sides of cake. After the frosting has set, gently remove strips of parchment paper. Cut cake into slices for serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 805 calories; 38.5 108.1 6.9 104 701 Full nutrition

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Hubs gushed over this. "One of those recipes I tell you I love that I'll never see again." (I rarely make the same thing twice) This is moist and chocolatey, just what you want in a chocolate...

This is absolutely the best cake I have ever eaten! Husband is not fond of chocolate cake, but he ate two pieces saying it was the most amazing cake ever! I did not add the candy bar layers, u...

This cake recipe taste almost like devil's food cake. It was chocolatey but not too much chocolate. It was very moist. I used this recipe for my mother-in-law's birthday cake, and she loved it. ...

I made this in two 9" layers for our traditional Birthday Cake for Jesus. Instead of coffee or water, I used buttermilk for all of the liquid. It took longer to bake than the recipe said, possib...

Great layer cake recipe, i only made two layers not three. The recipe could have been better if it had all the ingredients, like for making chocolate frosting. The idea of putting candy in betw...

This is a great cake. I hate to be the person reviewing a recipe after I changed it...but I had no idea what extra fine sugar I did 50/50 granulated sugar and powder sugar. the texture o...

I ended up using Oreos instead and made a four layer cake! It turned out amazing!

Great recipe! No kidding though, the batter was REALLY thin, but it came out great. My icing came out a little too liquidy, so I added about a 1/4 cup of Jif Natural Creamy peanut butter to help...

My mother had a Buttermilk Chocolate Cake when I was a child. This is just like that cake. FANTASTIC!!