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Supreme Chocolate Cake

"This dessert is so quick to make and looks stunning," writes Helene Brule-Besner from Hamilton, Ontario. "My family loves it...and it's popular at church potlucks. Whenever this cake is in the fridge, a big 'mouse' in our house eats the leftovers during the night!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries and fresh mint, optional


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. beat in vanilla.
  • In a bowl, whisk cocoa and water until smooth; stir in buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese until light. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar; mix well. Add the vanilla, cream and remaining sugar; beat until frosting reaches desired consistency. Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the frosting. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with maraschino cherries and mint if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 505 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 445mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • xylo_g
    May 24, 2019

    I made this cake when it was first published and fell in love. Today, I tried it for the first time as cupcakes and it's just as wonderful. It's a light and fluffy cake that's not too sweet so the frosting can shine!

  • calicocatz
    Feb 22, 2012

    Very dense cake, but the frosting is yummy!

  • sistersmelt
    May 2, 2009

    This is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes. The cream cheese (I use regular cream cheese) and whipped cream frosting is fabulous. I use the frosting for other recipes, as well. The cake tastes even better the next day.

  • brianna
    Jun 25, 2007

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