Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team May 8, 2020

I found the texture of this cake to be less like fluffy cake and more springy like moist banana bread or carrot cake. The flavor was subtle but nice. Make sure to use high-quality cocoa powder for excellent flavor and color.

How To Make Chocolate Birthday Cake

Make every birthday celebration extra special with this irresistible chocolate birthday cake recipe.

  • Butter (for greasing the pans)
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for pans)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (shaken)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs (extra-large, at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans.
  3. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
  4. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.
  6. Stir just to combine.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  9. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal.
  10. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting.
  11. Place the second layer on the top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

How To Make Chocolate Birthday Cake

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Make every birthday celebration extra special with this irresistible chocolate birthday cake recipe.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins
Makes:

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing the pans
  • cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, extra-large, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans.

  3. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

  4. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.

  5. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.

  6. Stir just to combine.

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

  8. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

  9. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal.

  10. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting.

  11. Place the second layer on the top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 52mg
  • Calories: 238kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 119mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 395mg
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Vitamin A: 62IU
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