Double Chocolate Layer Cake

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A rich, thick, completely double chocolate layer cake that is constructed from scratch. This is a cake that never gets old in any gathering.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 9-inch layer cake


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk, at room temperature

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.

  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a large bowl of an electric mixer. Add melted chocolate mixture, buttermilk, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 1 minute; increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Divide batter between the prepared cake pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cakes spring back when gently pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Meanwhile, bring cream just to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips; mix until frosting is smooth and starts to thicken.

  6. Place 1 cooled cake layer on a cake plate. Spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Top with second layer. Frost the top and sides with remaining frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

650 Calories
33g Fat
85g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 650
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 690mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 56g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 215mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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