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Chocolate Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting


Who doesn’t like a nice slice of cake?  I think we pretty much all equate cake with joy, celebration, happiness, and fun. I mean, after all, when we celebrate birthdays we often choose cake over other things like tiramisu, right?  (Except maybe me, sometimes). 😉

Of course there are always exceptions, but nothing seems to make a party feel a little more like a party than cake.  Who doesn’t have a photo of their child or an old photo of himself as a child with a mouth smeared in chocolate cake at the age of four?  😋

We have cake at birthdays, graduations, weddings, retirement parties. It’s simple, and it’s delicious…unless it’s not.

I think we’ve probably all eagerly dug our forks into sheet cake at one point or another only to discover that it’s dry. And if you’re anything like me you say “Nooooooooo!” on the inside. 😄


Is there anything worse than dry cake?  All the ice cream in the world isn’t going to make you look back on that fondly. It’s a especially a bummer at weddings. Dry cake will turn anyone into a bridezilla.

Well, here’s a cake you don’t have to be hesitant about serving at your next celebration.  Take a deep sigh of relief. Get ready to lick the frosting. This is one moist cake!  And this is some amazing frosting!

I personally love chocolate with chocolate when it comes to cake. Of course they haven’t yet made an amount of chocolate that is too much for me. I’m the number one chocoholic right here. But if you have a white frosting that you love, feel free to substitute.

This right here is for the chocolate-loving adult or kid in your family, although children might enjoy the recipe more without the espresso…unless they are kids like I used to be.  Either way, get ready to set your sights on chocolate bliss.  😎🎉. Enjoy!


(From a chocolate cake recipe and a chocolate frosting recipe on King Arthur Flour)

Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting
  • For Cake:
  • 2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup coffee or water
  • 4 large eggs
  • For the frosting:
  • 1¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 additional cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar and mix until combined.
  3. At low speed add the butter and mix for a minute. Add in the oil and mix. The mixture with look like wet sand.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the milk, coffee or water, and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix briefly again for thirty seconds.
  5. On medium-high speed, add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Scrape the sides of the bowl and blend briefly again. The batter will be thin.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 34 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. For frosting: In a medium bowl sift together cocoa, first 1¾ cups powdered sugar, and espresso powder (if using). Set aside.
  9. Bring the cream to a simmer over medium heat on the stove. Pour into the cocoa mixture and whisk until it no longer looks grainy. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  10. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, salt, and remaining 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, then beat in the vanilla.
  11. On low speed add the cooled cocoa mixture one spoonful at a time until it's all been added. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if you have to.
  12. Spread evenly onto cooled cake and serve.


{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop November 13, 2016, 9:19 am

    I love a nice slice of chocolate cake! Homemade is the best and this looks like a winner! Maybe I’ll make this for dessert for tonight!

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:17 am

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks November 14, 2016, 4:55 am

    Is there anything better than a perfect slice of chocolate cake?? I don’t think so! Thanks for this delicious recipe. 🙂

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:18 am

      Thank you so much, Kate!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes November 14, 2016, 1:10 pm

    You are totally right – dry cake is the WORST! Especially dry chocolate cake! I’d be happy to eat the entire pan of your chocolate cake and an entire gallon of the frosting. Swoon…

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:56 pm


  • Megan - The Emotional Baker November 14, 2016, 1:17 pm

    It is always disappointing when you have a dry cake. I over baked my birthday cake last year and it was just too sad 🙁 This cake looks like the perfect one to try this year – I love that frosting!!!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:56 pm

      Oh no! Dry cake on your birthday is so sad! Thanks, Megan!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks November 14, 2016, 9:39 pm

    A dry chocolate cake is always a sad thing! Yours looks absolutely delicious!

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:57 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice November 15, 2016, 5:25 am

    I am not the biggest fan of cake, unless it’s homemade. Store bought just doesn’t cut it for me! And dry cake is the worst. This chocolate cake and frosting combo looks like the best breakfast to start out my day! 🙂

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:57 pm

      Store bought cake just isn’t fun at all, is it? Thanks, Gayle!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kithcen November 15, 2016, 6:25 am

    LOVE chocolates, double YES to this chocolate cake with rich chocolate frosting. Dry cake is not a fun thing for sure, but this one is just perfect. I could just lick that frosting. YUM.

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss November 15, 2016, 8:45 am

    Dry chocolate cake is such a sad, sad thing. Don’t think I haven’t resorted to taking a forkful and sticking it into my cup of milk like it was an Oreo cookie just to bring some life back to a sad slice of cake. THIS chocolate cake looks nothing like that – it looks moist and flavorful and so so so chocolaty 😀

    • Amanda November 26, 2016, 3:58 pm

      Haha! I think I’ve done the same thing with dry cake. Thanks, Jessica!

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