Chocolate Layer Cake


cake batter
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, I use Hersheys special dark
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cooled brewed espresso
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
chocolate buttercream frosting
  • 1 oz bakers chocolate, unsweetened, melted
  • 2 stick unsalted butter, softened. 8 ounce total
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


1_ In a large mixing bowl, beat all wet in ingredients together on medium speed until well blended.

2_ In another bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

3_ Slowly add to wet on low speed until just incorporated.

4_ Grease and flour two 9" cake pans. You may use some cocoa powder instead of flour.

5_ Place in a preheated 350°F Fahrenheit oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6_ Set on cooling racks to cool 20 minutes before removing from cake pans.

7_ While cake is baking, start the frosting.

8_ Cream butter and sugar and cocoa powder together beating on medium speed for 3 minutes.

9_ Add in melted bakers chocolate, cream and mix.

10_ Add in other ingredients and beat on medium for 4 minutes.

11_ Refrigerate until cakes are cooled.

12_ On your serving platter, place one cake layer. To keep a clean platter, cut parchment paper into strips and place around cake.

13_ Take frosting and frost top of cake layer. Add second cake on top. Spread frosting on top and work down sides.

14_ You can take your time and work a smooth texture using an off set spatula. Or just frost using all the frosting and leave swirl marks.

15_ Top the cake with any decorations you wish. Today, I used crushed butterfinger candies. It helps hide mistakes ;)

16_ Serve and enjoy. Cake should be stored, covered and refrigerated.