THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

Every time I ask my kids what we should bake, without fail, they always want chocolate cake! This simple chocolate cake is perfectly dense, moist, and ridiculously good! This basic recipe can be switched up a million different ways with different icings or fillings – get creative!
THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

INGREDIENTS
Cake:

  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1 cup strong black coffee
  10. 1 Tbsp instant espresso (optional)
  11. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  12. 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 lb (2 cups) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 7 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Prepare your 8″ or 9″ round cake pans with parchment paper and non-stick spray.
  • Add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of your standing mixer, and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • If using, stir your espresso powder into your strong black coffee until fully dissolved.