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French Chocolate Cake Recipe

French Chocolate Cake Recipe

Tender cake layers, a delightful fudge filling and a light and airy frosting await your taste buds! "If you're a chocoholic like I am, you'll just love this rich chocolate cake," says Claire Darby from New Castle, Delaware.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup cold strong brewed coffee
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Chocolate curls


  • 1. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in chocolate and coffee. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk (batter will be thick).
  • 2. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring sugar, milk and butter to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in extract.
  • 4. Invert cakes onto wire racks; drizzle with glaze. Cool completely. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and milk; stir until smooth. Refrigerate until spreadable, stirring occasionally.
  • 5. Place one cake on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with remaining cake. Spread whipped topping over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Garnish with chocolate curls. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 558 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (60g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

Reviews for French Chocolate Cake

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akkay24 User ID: 4537421 229267
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"Use 3, 9 inch pans! Mine overflowed all over my oven. The cake does taste wonderful. I did make the glaze but thought it didn't need that much, so I just brushed it on top and around the sides. I will try this again using 3 pans. It might just turn into a 5 star review!"

Bethshiels User ID: 4930056 164530
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"This cake was so chocolatey and moist. Even my husband, who doesn't like too much chocolate, thought it was delicious."

stuffyroo User ID: 4894578 159101
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"Cake was a huge hit, I think I would leave out the rum glaze though because it made the cake soggy in some areas. But other than that the flavor and texture was delicious!"

MrsLiles User ID: 463549 84646
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"It was very good. The cake did stick to the sides of the pan because I only put wax paper on the bottom. Don't skip that step. Also I cut it into 16 slices easily."

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