perfect chocolate cake

Just to ensure that my hourlong spin and pilates class at 6:30 yesterday morning was for nothing, I made a point to spend the day baking the most delicious, irresistible, perfect chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted.

What’s nice about this recipe is that it’s not too heavy – it’s the perfect chocolate cake for summertime. I’m a sucker for the dark chocolate ganache cakes…and while this is definitely a very chocolate-y cake, it’s not going to make you feel bloated like those rich cakes sometimes do! I hope you enjoy it!

Perfect Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa At Home and Hershey’s Frosting Recipe

Ingredients for Cake
Slice of butter to grease pans
1 3/4 cup of flour, plus more to flour pans
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup of buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting
2 sticks of butter, melted
1 1/3 cups of cocoa powder
6 cups of powdered sugar
2/3 cup of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper, and butter and flour the pans.

2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in an electric mixer. Add buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.

3. Pour batter into cake pans evenly and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool.

4. While cakes are baking, make the frosting by combining melted butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well, until smooth.

5. Turn one cake pan onto a cake plate and let cool. Spread the top of the cake with frosting. Place the second layer on top of the frosting, and continue spreading frosting on both the top and the sides of the cake. Decorate with fresh flowers, but be sure to wash the flowers thoroughly before placing them on the cake! Enjoy!

27 Responses to perfect chocolate cake

  1. Lindsay says:

    Hahaha you are too funny!! I love a good spin class too! I am drooling over this delicious chocolate cake!! Yeay on not making me feel bloated…that is the worst! I love the flower on top..that is so your signature thing!

    XO Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

  2. jess says:

    omgoodness yum! Look at this!

  3. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon says:

    what a delicious looking cake! i seriously love anything chocolate 🙂 its also so pretty that you have vases of pink flowers around your kitchen!

    • Star says:

      Aw thanks Jaclyn! I can’t get enough of the flowers – I spend just as much time cutting and arranging them as baking!!

  4. melissa says:

    How to you like the spin classes? I have been thinking about testing one out…
    oh, the cake, yes. it looks AMAZING. I would look like a kid with it all over my face…

    • Star says:

      I LOVE spin classes! Though it was brutal and very painful haha. It helps that the spin studio blasted Britney Spears the entire time – Britney makes everything more enjoyable! Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments! I so appreciate them!

  5. Anne @ Domesblissity says:

    Hi Star! Bloated? Chocolate cake? I don’t think so! More like ‘satisfied’, ‘content’ and ‘happy’! I’m going to try that recipe. It looks great! Love the pink flower on it.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  6. Whitney Johnson // eat sleep and cuddle. says:

    wow, good for you! if i made a cake it would be completely gone within 24 hours! 🙂 love the flower you put on top!

  7. Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* says:

    If this is how you spend your summer break (you’re on summer break, right?!), I want to come spend your summer break with you! 🙂

    • Star says:

      Hi Leslie!!! Yes I am on summer break 🙂 and this is exactly how I’m spending it! I’m taking summer school to finish up the MBA so all that I want to do in my free time is bake and craft and blog! Thanks sooo so much for all your comments!

  8. Valerie @ Chateau A la Mode says:

    Oh my….this cake looks mighty delicious. Chocolate is my favorite. P.S. love the flower on top, so cute!

  9. Miss Taryn Cox says:

    Wow! This cake look delicious… Will definitely have to try this recipe!

  10. Tonia says:

    More chocolate??? You are gonna kill me! I am off to find some before I start licking the screen!

  11. Sally @ ourdreamlives says:

    Woooaahhhhh this looks sooo good! That’s my kinda cake! Oh – and love the idea of putting fresh flowers on top, it look so pretty!

  12. Grace@bradford road says:

    ahhh! this looks divine! love it!

  13. liz says:

    The only thing I dont like about oil cakes is that you cant eat the dough. But this cake is so yum baked that it makes up for it! This is one of my fave cake recipes too!

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