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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

1 slice: 816 calories, 41g fat (17g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 569mg sodium, 112g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 11g fiber), 11g 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


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mail66 User ID: 284407 72828
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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janreid1 User ID: 3887472 31765
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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sdeb User ID: 5934110 35958
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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BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 86895
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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coniklimpel User ID: 5191569 30587
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

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

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pickbet5239 User ID: 4426990 35957
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"I haven't seen a lot of recipes in the Light and healthy magazine that would really fall into that catagory."

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Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 79534
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"Why is this under "healthy" category? 112 g of carbohydrate will make even the healthiest person's blood sugar soar. Also 816 calories and 41 g of fat is not a healthy dessert."

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bam72 User ID: 4066020 79531
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"861 calories-- I don't think this is light!!! Somebody made a big boo boo!!"

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beksand User ID: 2556544 31764
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"This is my family's favorite chocolate cake!!!"

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Stacey3978 User ID: 3389886 120150
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"the recipe looks good, but how much chocolate is needed? I don't see it listed anywhere on the ingredients."

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