Chocolate Layer Cake

This is the best chocolate layer cake recipe I have found yet! Give it a try!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 9-inch layers


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Stir flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

  3. Combine water, oil, butter, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir just until smooth.

  4. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Add to the batter and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared cake pans.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cake cool completely before icing with your favorite icing!

Cook's Note:

If you don't have buttermilk on hand you can mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar for every cup of milk to substitute for it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
18g Fat
51g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 98mg 2%

* 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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