Chocolaty Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is a rich (you guessed it) chocolaty cake covered in a smooth chocolate buttercream frosting.

Chocolate cake is probably my favorite cake of all cakes. I think I’ve divulged to you before, that as a kid I didn’t really like cake or even frosting for that matter. Which ultimately was why I was a size 4 until I had children, and as we all know with children comes birthdays and with birthdays comes CAKES and with cakes comes the bigger waistline… ya following me?


Speaking of birthdays… earlier this month was my Dad’s 63rd birthday! I can’t flippin believe it! I swear it was yesterday that he was pushing me and my sisters in the wheelbarrow lined with that egg carton-foam down our backyard hill! OMG so much fun! *sigh*

But my Dad is great! He is as laid back and chill as they come. Nothing makes him happier than a home cooked meal and seeing his grand kids. So making him happy isn’t hard at all… it’s actually quite easy. 🙂

He came over… we grilled up some steaks… and I made him {at his request} a chocolate cake with chocolate {buttercream} frosting. Pure heaven!

I modeled this cake recipe from Ina Gartins’ recipe because frankly it’s the best dang chocolate cake I’ve ever had! I omitted the vegetable oil and substituted it for applesauce as you’ll find in most {if not all} of my cake recipes. This cake is always a hit!

So here is my spin on a classic chocolate cake.

Here are the cake ingredients. Betcha couldn’t figure that one out huh?

Next line two {9 inch} round cake pans with parchment paper butter and flour them, make sure to tap out the excess flour.

Into the bowl of your mixer; sift all the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Then on low speed, mix the sifted ingredients until completely combined.

In a bowl combine the wet ingredients; buttermilk, applesauce and eggs.

If you don’t have buttermilk, just use one cup whole milk and add a tablespoon of white vinegar… *POOF* buttermilk substitute!

Add in the vanilla extract.

Whisk thoroughly until combined.

With your mixer on low, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.

Grab the cup of cooled brewed coffee, pour it into the batter and mix until combined.

Don’t forget to scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl.

Next divide equally among the two cake pans and place into a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. The way I tell that the cakes are done is that they sort of pull away from the sides of the pan, and when a tester is inserted… it comes out clean.

Then allow the cake rest in the pans for 25 minutes then carefully turn them out on a wire rack to cool, completely.

Oh! And don’t forget to peel off the parchment paper!

Now on to the butter cream!!!!

Mmmmm more chocolate.

Next, roughly chop up the 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate.

Then bring a saucepan with some water up to a simmer {just enough water that it doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl}. Set the bowl of chopped chocolate on top so it can be warmed gently by the steam.

Next, keep stirring until melted and smooth.

Then when it’s finished remove from the pot and set aside to cool slightly.

Next, toss in the softened {room temp} butter in to your mixing bowl; on medium-high speed mix until light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes.

Then add in the yolk of one egg that was slightly beaten and the vanilla extract, and beat for another 2-3 minutes.

Next, turn the mixer on low speed and gradually add in the powdered sugar working in batches so you don’t end up wearing the stuff.

The butter/vanilla and egg should be a light yellow and fluffy.

Now this is where I wish I had an assistant… or remembered to set up the tripod. Ugh. What you don’t see is me pouring in the room temperature melted chocolate and mixing it on low. DO NOT WHIP! Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the mixer and give it one final mix.

Ta DAH! This totally smells AMAZING! But this is for my Dad’s birthday and not to dip pretzels in… so let’s get on with making the cake!

Next, place one of the cake layers upside down on to your cake stand or plate.

Then top with about a third of the frosting.

Next, spread out evenly and leave a little of an overhang.

Then place the second cake layer, right-side up, and place the remaining two thirds of the frosting on top.

Next, spread evenly on the top and down the sides until the cake is covered with the buttercream.

Here is the final look at my Dad’s birthday cake.

And here is the final slice! This is an amazingly chocolatey moist cake. The kind of cake that cures my craving for chocolate, the kind of cake that makes me glad I like cake and lets me forget about my waistline! 😉 Enjoy!

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Chocolaty Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Yield: two 9 inch cake pans and enough buttercream to frost them!

Chocolaty Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolaty Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is a rich (you guessed it) chocolaty cake covered in a smooth chocolate buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes



  • Butter, for greasing the pans
  • 1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups natural high-fat cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee, cooled


  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature and beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups of powdered sugar, sifted


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Butter 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans, tap out any excess flour.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer; sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the paddle attachment in place, mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the cooled coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula to get all the ingredients incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, rotating them half way through, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 25 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  3. Place 1 layer, upside down, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with about a third of the frosting. Place the second layer on top, right-side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

For the Buttercream:

  1. Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and then set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the beaten egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 2-3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, working in batches, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, and then beat at medium speed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Reduce the speed to low, add the cooled chocolate to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Careful not to whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
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