The most amazing, delicious, moist and oh so dark chocolaty homemade cake recipe you will ever make. If you love the taste of dark chocolate, you must try this recipe.

Dark Chocolate Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 14 slices
Author Tammy



Chocolate Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 12/ tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 12/ cups dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk


Dark Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour three 9-inch cake round pans.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, dark cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with hand or stand mixer on low until combined.
  • add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth.
  • Divide batter among the 3 pans. I will use a cup measure to divide evenly between the pans.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Don't over bake.
  • Cool on wire racks for about 15 minutes and then turn out the cakes onto the racks to cool completely. Don't hurry this process.

Dark Chocolate Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until fluffy with a hand or stand mixer.
  • Add in the dark cocoa powder and vanilla extract and beat on low until combined.
  • Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. You may need to add more powdered sugar if you like the taste sweeter. Add milk a little at a time as needed until the frosting is at spreadable consistency. The frosting should be thick for easy spreading.