This decadent cake is creamy-smooth and buttery. It literally melts in your mouth and leaves you swooning for more! Sprinkle frosted cake with chocolate shavings.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a small mixing bowl.

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  • In a separate bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and white and brown sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla. At low speed, begin by adding a little of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Alternate with buttermilk until all are blended together. Start and end with flour.

  • Line bottoms of 2 9-inch pans with waxed paper; grease and flour. Pour batter in.

  • Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 25-30 minutes. Test with toothpick. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before turning onto racks to cool completely.

  • To Make Frosting: Cream together 3/4 cup butter and confectioners' sugar. Slowly add melted chocolate and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

584 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 81.9g; fat 28.9g; cholesterol 93.2mg; sodium 209.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2003
My family loved this cake when I made it. The cake batter tastes just like a boxed version only better homemade! It took a while for me to frost it I think it called for too much confectioner's sugar but it turned out great and I would definitely make this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2010
'Nothing special. 'Not fudgy. 'Not memorable. Next time, I'll use up buttermilk another way - like with Grandmother's buttermilk cornbread. It's crumb-y, but pretty though! Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2003
My family loved this cake when I made it. The cake batter tastes just like a boxed version only better homemade! It took a while for me to frost it I think it called for too much confectioner's sugar but it turned out great and I would definitely make this again! Read More
(11)
Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2010
'Nothing special. 'Not fudgy. 'Not memorable. Next time, I'll use up buttermilk another way - like with Grandmother's buttermilk cornbread. It's crumb-y, but pretty though! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2003
You kind of have to mold the icing on with your hands. But this recipe tastes fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2002
Very moist cake not overly chocolately! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2005
I followed the recipe carefully the icing was very good but the cake was not fudgy at all it may be enjoyed by someone with a love of dark chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2006
Kids liked it - but they like anything that starts with the name chocolate. Wasnt overly impressed myself. I didnt make frosting as we create Mousse Cakes with them - but it was far too heavy for the mousse and it was eaten as is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2007
This was a fairly good recipe. It was a little dry. I used it to make a father's day cake. The icing I used was Best White Icing Ever. I filled the layer with carmalized sweet and condensed milk. Next time I will try to fill the layer with wipped cream (add moisture). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2011
This review is for the cake only. It was moist with lots of flavor but had a hard time getting it to come out of the pan. Frosted it with "Amaretto Frosting" from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2002
THIS WAS A FANTASTIC CAKE! THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE I HAVE EVER MADE. A LITTLE DIFFICULT THAN MOST ONE BOWL CAKES BUT WORTH IT! Read More
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