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Recipe for Rich Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Icing

Updated on August 2, 2012
Slice of Chocolate Layer Cake
Slice of Chocolate Layer Cake | Source

Iced Chocolate Layer Cake

This recipe includes instructions for both baking a chocolate sponge cake, and for preparing the chocolate icing to go with it. It is very suitable for all celebrations and special occasions, especially birthdays.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 1 9inch round iced layer cake

Ingredients (Cake)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
Slice of Classic Chocolate Layer Cake
Slice of Classic Chocolate Layer Cake | Source
Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate Layer Cake | Source

Method (Cake)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and dust 2 9 inch cake pans with cocoa.
  2. Place the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir the ingredients together with a wire wisk until they blend fully.
  3. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla and oil and beat them with a wire wisk until they blend fully (about 2 minutes).
  4. While beating, heat the water in the microwave until it is boiling then stir the still-boiling liquid into the cake mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the pans you prepared earlier and bake them in the preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the pan's sides, the top springs back when pushed down with your thumb, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Ingredients (Icing)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup half and half
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Chocolate Icing
Chocolate Icing | Source

Method (Icing)

  1. While the cake is baking, melt together the butter and cocoa in a large saucepan and stir them together until the blend is smooth.
  2. Use an electric mixer to alternatly beat the milk and powdered sugar into the butter mixture until the icing is smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir the vanilla and salt into the blend.
  4. Cool the cake for 5 minutes and transfer it from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Spread the icing on top of one cake layer and place the other layer on top of it.
  6. Use the remaining icing to cover the top and sides of the cake.


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Looks so yummy. If i want dark chocolate for icing are there any adjustments that I have to do - other than using dark chocolate of course? I usually melt chocolate bars instead of powder. There's a store in the Philippines called Chocolate Lovers - it's a haven for well, chocolate lovers. :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Chocolate cake happens to be one of my favorites! I use a similar recipe, but will give yours a try next time I make one. : )

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see the words chocolate on chocolate and I'm reading this hub! Great recipe and I'm salivating just reading it.