TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, divided
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 475 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and remaining sugar. Add oil and 1/2 cup buttermilk; beat 1 minute. Add the yolks, chocolate and remaining buttermilk; beat 1 minute. Fold in egg white mixture. Pour into two greased 9-in. round baking pans.
  3. 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.
  4. For frosting, cream butter and cream cheese. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with milk. Gradually add chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Frost cake. Cover and chill. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Lovelight Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p17

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lydia54 User ID: 7303063 1279
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"this cake fell for no reason, I would advise you not to make it. It was to sweet and not chocolatey enough."

jacquie2022 User ID: 4435958 2884
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"This is the cake my mom made for our b'days. That was 5 cakes a year!!! Seven minute frosting with half coconut and half not. Some of didn't like coconut. i'll never forget it and did it for my kids for years."

jmromanski User ID: 4752048 4627
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"This was a delightful chocolate cake although the frosting is very sweet. It doesn't have an extremely chocolaty flavor, but that's probably because there isn't really that much chocolate in it. However it did satisfy the chocolate lovers in my family! I am adding this one to my recipe box (maybe with a little less sugar in the frosting)."

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