Never-Fail Buttermilk-Chocolate Cake


Grandma Emogene's recipe for a buttermilk-chocolate cake.

buttermilk chocolate tiered cake beautifully frosted with black and blue piped frosting
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 10x15-inch cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • cup cocoa

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15-inch baking pan.

  2. Combine flour, sugar, oil, buttermilk, cocoa, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add boiling water and mix well. Pour into the prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue to bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can also use a 9x12-inch pan, or three 8-inch round pans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
15g Fat
46g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 240mg 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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