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Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe
Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter

Nutritional Facts

One slice equals 816 calories, 41 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 569 mg sodium, 112 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, coffee, eggs, oil, chocolate and vanilla until well blended. In another large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into buttermilk mixture until blended.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, combine the cream, sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate and butter until melted.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Dark Chocolate Layer Cake in Light & Tasty June/July 2001, p15

Nutritional Facts

One slice equals 816 calories, 41 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 569 mg sodium, 112 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD BE A REALLY GREAT RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE, HOWEVER THIS IS BY NO MEANS "HEALTHY" WITH 17 g OF SATURATED FAT."

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"Just like it came from a bakery! This was so chocolately and the texture was perfect. The batter will be thin, but don't let that fool you. It is a perfect chocolate cake. I wanted a white icing so followed the recipe and used white 'chocolate' instead of the semisweet. Be sure to whip the icing, after it has cooled, to thicken the consistency. I made two 9" layers, and added whipped cream (stabilized with Oetker Whip-it), between the layers. It was absolutely delicious. Looking for an excuse to make another one."

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Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"In the cake, 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted. Frosting, 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped. Thats the amount of chocolate listed. (This was to the person that didn't know how much chocolate was in the recipe). Hope that helps!"

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Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"The reason this was in Light & Tasty was because they did a makeover version on the same page in the magazine. This one must have accidentally gotten switched with the healthier version on the website."

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Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"Best chocolate cake ever. I put vanilla icing on it instead. Family loved it."

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