Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich chocolate layer cake is the ultimate treat for chocolate lovers. Made with Dutch-processed cocoa for deep chocolate flavor and topped with a luxurious chocolate and cream cheese frosting, this cake is both moist and flavorful. Each layer is designed to provide the perfect balance of softness and velvety texture.


Why you'll love it: The chocolate cake is exceptionally moist, thanks to the combination of buttermilk and hot water, which ensures that the cocoa blossoms and the cake remains tender. The chocolate and cream cheese frosting adds a creamy texture with a tangy touch that cuts through the sweetness of the cake, making each bite perfectly balanced.

Perfect occasion: This cake is perfect for celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion that calls for something truly indulgent. It's also great for holiday gatherings or as the centerpiece of a dessert buffet at any festive event.

Decorating Tips: For a stunning presentation, consider topping the cake with chocolate shavings, a dusting of cocoa powder, or edible gold flakes for an elegant touch. Fresh berries or a drizzle of caramel can also add color and a delicious contrast to the rich chocolate.

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For the cake:

  • ¾ cup cocoa powder processed in the Netherlands
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of very hot water

For the chocolate and cream cheese frosting:

  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 oz cream cheese, cold
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder


  1. Bake the cake:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and line two 8-inch baking pans with parchment paper.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    • In another pitcher, combine buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Gradually add to dry ingredients at low speed. Slowly stir in the hot water; the dough will be thin.
    • Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    • Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Prepare the frosting:
    • In a chilled mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, salt, sugar and vanilla on low until the sugar dissolves, then on high until it thickens until smooth. consistency of Greek yogurt.
    • Reduce speed and add cream cheese a tablespoon at a time. Once incorporated, whisk on high for 3 minutes until thickened, scrape the bowl, then stir in the cocoa powder for 1 minute.
  3. Assemble the cake:
    • Place one layer of cake on a plate. Spread half of the frosting on top. Add the second layer and cover with the remaining frosting. Spread the frosting over the sides with an offset spatula, creating movements and swirls for a decorative finish.
    • Optionally garnish with chocolate shavings or sprinkles for an extra touch of elegance.

Enjoy this succulent chocolate layer cake, a decadent dessert that is sure to satisfy any chocolate craving with its deep flavor and creamy frosting!

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