The Best Ever Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

There's nothing like a homemade Chocolate Cake and there's nothing like a very moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting and there's nothing like a moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting and a large glass of ice cold milk. On the other hand, there's nothing like a dry Chocolate Cake. Yuck! This recipe has to be the most moist Chocolate cake I have ever made. 

I usually add sour cream to many of my cakes because it adds that extra moistness that we are all looking for in a homemade cake. This recipe has that sour cream and some oil for even more moistness. If you are looking for one of the yummiest Chocolate cakes to make, this is the one. You'll get lots of smiles for this one...

Let's Make that Moist Chocolate Cake...
If you are a beginner, you might find it much easier to gather your ingredients and measure them out right off the bat. I definitely have ADHD and if I don't put everything in order, I will always miss one of the ingredients. It always happens if I don't have everything available on the counter. As I get to know recipes, I can put them together either way. But if this is the first time you are making this cake, butter and flour your pans, turn the oven on and measure out all your ingredients before you start. It just makes baking so much easier.
First off sift all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Add both sugars and salt and whisk to blend well making sure that there are no lumps in the brown sugar.

Next, Combine eggs, oil, sour cream, and vanilla in another bowl and whisk to blend. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well at medium-low. The batter will be pretty thick.
Add the coffee in two stages, 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until batter is smooth.

Pour batter into baking pans and bake at 350℉ for 30-35 minutes, or when a toothpick placed in the center of the cake comes out with no batter on it.
Once the cake has cooled, place a crumb layer of frosting on your cake. This helps when you are decorating. Less crumbs will fall off the cake after you add the crumb layer.
Add your own favorite Chocolate frosting and you're done. I like to use Chocolate buttercream on my cakes. I have included that recipe in this post also.

The Best Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe:
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Lightly grease and flour two 8" round cake pans and line the base with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Add both sugars and salt and whisk to blend well, pressing out any lumps of brown sugar.
  3. Combine eggs, oil, sour cream and vanilla in a medium bowl and whisk to blend. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with an electric hand mixer or a Kitchenaide mixer at medium low speed until mixture is well blended. The batter will be thick and somewhat dry. Add 1/2 cup of the hot coffee and mix. Then add the other 1/2 cup of coffee and mix until blended and smooth.
  4. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed gently or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer pans to a wire rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk - scant
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Beat Crisco shortening and (butter or margarine) until light in color.
  2. Add cocoa and half of the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until creamy
  3. Add remaining powdered sugar and the milk one tablespoon at a time until desired spreading consistency.
  4. Spread some of the frosting on the cake to create a crumb barrier. 
  5. I used a star piping tip to create a rose affect on the cake. It's much easier spreading this way and looks really pretty.

One Final thought...
I truly hope you enjoyed this post. Chocolate cake is an all-time favorite for just about everyone. Making a dry Chocolate cake is truly not a good thing. This cake will be a great addition for dessert at dinner, or just enjoying a large glass of milk or a cup of coffee with a wonderful piece of heavenly chocolate cake!

Always remember..."Life's dessert first!"...words to live by!