Black Magic Cake


This chocolate cake recipe with coffee is super spooky and suitable for all your black magic get-togethers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 9-inch round pans or one 9x13-inch dish
Close up on a slice of black magic cake on a plate with remaining on a serving plate behind

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  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch dish.

    Overhead of two cake pans, greased and floured.

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  3. Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour coffee, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla into the well. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin.

    Cake mixture ingredients in a glass bowl waiting to be stirred.

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    Whisked cake mixture in a glass bowl with an electric whisk off to the side.

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  4. Pour into the prepared pans.

    Two cake pans with equal amounts of unbaked cake mixture in them.

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  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

    Two baked cakes in cake pans, cooling on wire rack.

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  6. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.

    Baked cakes removed from baking pans and cooling on a wire cooling rack.

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  7. Fill and frost as desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 77mg 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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