Chocolate Cake Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

This Chocolate Cake is moist, chocolaty, and a crowd-pleaser that anyone can make. With this easy recipe, you will be able to give in to your sweet tooth in no time!

If you are craving sweets like me, try our other dessert recipes like the Blueberry Crisp, Ambrosia Salad, and Keto Brownies!

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate Cakes are a common showstopper at any party. At home, we don’t even have to celebrate an occasion just to enjoy this luscious treat! And now, we will share with you how we can prepare this ultimate chocolate lovers’ dream right at the comfort of your home.

And yes, it is not so difficult to make. It may seem daunting at first seeing how beautiful they are so often decorated. But with this easy recipe, we will guide you on how you can make your own version of this amazing cake. It is very flavorful, moist, with perfect crumbs. 

What is a chocolate cake?

Basically, it is made with cocoa or chocolate in various forms as the main flavor it. In this recipe, we will be utilizing this ingredient in the frosting, ganache, and layers.

What is a layered cake?

It is made of several sheets of cake placed on top of each other, held by a layer of frosting in between. It is an easy technique and a great way to arrange this dessert together.

How do you make a chocolate cake?

  1. Make the layers – Mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water using an electric mixer (preferably a standing one). Transfer the mixture to a springform pan lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Make two sets and bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees F. Then, bake until done for about 35 to 45 minutes. After cooking, let it rest for a while in a wire rack and then, divide the layers further into two even layers by using the cake slicer.
  2. Prepare the frosting – Grate any chocolate bar of your choice and this is what we will add to the frosting. Using the mixer, combine evenly the cream cheese and sugar. Next, add in the powdered sugar slowly and beat until you get a smooth mixture. Then, incorporate the other ingredients such as the pecans, cool whip, and the grated chocolate.
  3. Cook the ganache – Heat up heavy whipping cream in a saucepan then, pour this on a bowl of chocolate chips. Mix them together and transfer them into a squeeze bottle to be used for later.
  4. Make the chocolate frosting – Beat together the ingredients until smooth. Then, put the resulting frosting in a piping bag.
  5. Assemble the cake – Stack the layers on top of each other while placing about two cups of the frosting in between. Once all four layers have been stacked, spread the remaining frosting on top. Then, drizzle with the ganache on the top and let it drop on the sides. Allow it to rest and pipe dollops of chocolate frosting on top, too.

Can I make the chocolate cake dairy-free?

Absolutely! To make it dairy-free, simply add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to almond or soy milk. Then, let it stand for about 5 minutes and use it in place of the buttermilk. Also, use dairy-free frosting when assembling it.

What makes cake moist and fluffy?

To make it moist, one definite answer is to avoid overbaking which dries out the layers. Generally, for similar recipes, you can use buttermilk instead of milk, oil instead of butter, and butter instead of margarine even if the recipe tells you otherwise.

To make them fluffy, beat the butter and sugar very well, incorporating enough air before putting in the other ingredients.


Buttermilk is basically the leftover liquid after churning butter out of cultured cream. Nowadays, buttermilk is mainly cultured. 

Luckily, there are a few substitutes for buttermilk in cooking. For example, you can substitute one cup of it with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Then, simply stir together, and let it stand for about 5 minutes.

In addition, you could use 1 cup of plain yogurt.

Can you make a chocolate cake in advance?

Yes! You can make the layers and the frosting separately and store them separately, too. The cake lasts for up to a month in the fridge. Just make sure to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then, put it in freezer bags.

The frosting, on the other hand, can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Recipe Tips

  • You can follow this recipe and turn it into cupcakes! Simply fill half of the liners with the batter and bake. Decorate with the same ganache and chocolate frosting.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick before 35 minutes. To prevent overbaking, you can take the cake out of the oven when there are still a few crumbs left on the toothpick. During the resting period, the residual heat will continue to cook it anyway.
  • All ingredients must be at room temperature for the batter to be incorporated well. Yes, this tip pertains to eggs as well. If you have eggs stored in the fridge, you can increase the temperature to room temperature by soaking them in hot water for a few minutes.
  • To make it gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour blend instead of the regular all-purpose flour.
  • Also, we like using Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder as is affordable and has a pretty nice dark color, and good quality. 
  • If you do not want to make this into a layered cake, you could also make it in a 9 by 13 pan.
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5 from 9 reviews

Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Cake is moist, chocolaty, and a crowd-pleaser that anyone can make. With this easy recipe, you will be able to give in to your sweet tooth in no time!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 14 servings
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


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Chocolate Ganache:

Dark Chocolate Frosting:


Cake Layers:


Frost the Cake:

Chocolate Ganache:

Dark Chocolate Frosting:

Nutrition information

Calories: 780 Carbohydrates: 89 Protein: 10 Fat: 44 Saturated Fat: 20 Cholesterol: 132 Sodium: 500 Potassium: 464 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 73 Vitamin A: 815 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 165 Iron: 3.5
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Melissa Chapman

That really is a great looking cake and the layers make it special. I am not a baker but i have to try this at leastonce for a special birthday.


Amber Myers

Yum! I just love chocolate cake. This looks scrumptious. I haven't had chocolate cake in ages, so I'll have to remedy that.



I have to say is chocolate and you've got me. This picture makes this cake look absolutely gorgeous and I need to make it like now.



This cake looks amazing. So many layers of yumminess! Can't wait to give this recipe a try.


debi at Life Currents

Oh my gosh this cake looks amazing. I want this for my next birthday celebration. It's that special. Thanks so much!


Jamie | Makeup Life and Love

This looks so delicious. I love a great chocolate cake so much and this recipe sounds like something I can totally make. I am so going to make it. 


Ruth I

I can never say no to a cake like this. Just look at the color and it's overall appearance. This is my type of cake.


Jeni Hawkins

I can easily finish this cake I'm sure. It's like a dessert made in heaven. I cannot wait to have a piece of it.


Terri Steffes

This looks amazing! I love all your tips for baking this cake and the dairy free options you helped with. Delicious.


Melissa Dixon

Wow this looks so freaking good. I need to try to make this one for my daughter soon, I know that she would love it!



That cake looks amazing! Chocolate cake is my favorite too. I definitely want to try out this recipe. I bet my kids are going to love it too.


Lisa Favre

Ok, I am officially drooling! This chocolate cake looks like sheer perfection - I'd love to try and make it for my family!



I love a layered cake. I think the frosting to cake ratio is way better that way.



This is one of the prettiest cakes I've seen! I love the look of the grated chocolate in the frosting, and I bet it tastes delicious!



That's the prettiest cake i've ever seen! Now I really have to try this recipe! Love the frosting!



I am a chocoholic and this is making me drool. Your cake looks so delish. And I love the addition of pecans on this. Nom!



I am ashamed to say I haven't made my own chocolate cake from scratch. This would be a nice recipe to make with the kids. I love a good chocolate cake.


Lisa Marie Heath

Holy WOW that looks delicious! If I made that, I don't know that I would share with anyone haha. Definitely saving this recipe



Oh my goodness! You had me at ganache! Seriously this looks like the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever seen!


Cindi Babb

Is it vanilla pudding or chocolate? The ingredients say chocolate pudding and the directions save vanilla.


it's chocolate [udding, sorry for that, I have updated the recipe.


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