Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe

So rich and decadant, it’s a chocolate cake that surely takes any special occasion to a whole new level.
Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yesterday was my birthday. Well….It’s ok you didn’t get me anything, I mean….
I really don’t NEED anything, honestly. Please, don’t feel bad at all that you didn’t get me a present.
Yeah, I know how embarrassing it is when you forget someone’s most special day.
Ok, since you insist, I really want this, and these and maybe these?    (just kidding)
Birthdays are a big deal to me. I genuinely like birthdays because you are celebrating the existence of that person and that you are happy that that person is in your life. This might sound corny and stupid to some, but it’s how I feel…
For me gifts doesn’t have to be expensive, just put effort in to it and some chocolate 🙂
And one more thing….
Nothing makes a birthday quite like the perfect birtday cake.
Let’s talk birthday cake for a quick minute. Every year I have to prepare a birthday cake and a bunch of cookies for my friends and family relatives who come to my birthday. Let me ask you. Do you have the same cake every year, or do you switch it up? Well, for this b-day I decided to get a little jazzy with my cake.
Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe #chocolate #cake

So I guess now I don’t have to tell ya how great it is, because one thing every birthday cake should have in common is that it be super special. Decadent Chocolate Cake is one of those desserts that is a true labor of love. So rich and decadant, it’s a cake that surely takes any special occasion to a whole new level.
This is a cake with two personalities. One – Straight from the refrigerator, the chocolate frosting is dense and fudge-like. Other – At room temp, it’s more like a chocolate mousse cake. It’s pretty fab either way.
For all the reasons above, It’s a cake to take pride in, even though mine is a far cry from decorator perfect, but hey, you can surely tell it’s homemade can’t you?

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Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
  • Cake :
  • 1cup-12 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2cup sugar
  • ¾cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1cup milk
  • 8tbsp oil
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1cup boiling water
  • 1½tsp Nescafe instant coffee granules
  • Chocolate frosting:
  • 8 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 10tbsp cocoa powder
  • ⅓cup milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  1. For Cake :
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round pans
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in coffee. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting:
  8. Beat room temperature soften butter in medium bowl until fluffy.
  9. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency
  10. (additional milk or less may be needed). Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
  11. Frost the cake.
  12. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles (optional) and set in a fridge for a few hours before serving.


13 thoughts on “Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. Heather

    Hi The recipe sounds great. I have a question though, what are we supposed to do with the cup of hot water? Have I missed what to do with it?

    Thanks, Heather

    1. Dan Post author

      Hi Heather,
      A cup of water is used for making coffee, I use coffee just to enhance chocolate flavor, but you can skip this step.
      I’m sorry for the late response and I hope your cake turned out well !

  2. Sue Prewitt

    so, just to make it clear, we add a cup of coffee to step #4? Not just the instant stuff?
    If so, I’ll just add coffee, not go buy instant.
    You should update your recipe to reflect that or you are going have a bunch of ruined cakes,.

    1. Dan Post author

      Hi Sue,
      Yes, 1cup of water is used for making coffee, not just instant stuff.
      I use coffee just to enhance chocolate flavor, but you can skip this step.
      I’m sorry for the late response and I hope your cake turned out well !

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  4. Laura

    If I don’t drink coffee can I omit the coffee? Would I still want to add the hot water though so it’s the same consistency?

    1. Dan Post author

      Hi Laura,
      I use coffee just to enhance chocolate flavor, but you can skip this step.
      Yes, 1 cup and 12 Tablespoons, it’s little less then 2cup (I found it easier to measure, but you can still add 1 3/4 cup of flour)

  5. Deb

    My cake layers just came out of the oven. I was concerned they might not be ok, but I think they’re fine. (There was a little bit stuck to the side of the pan and it tasted great!) The batter was very thin – I think due to the 1 cup boiling water (which I mixed with coffee granules). This recipe is very similar to Texas Sheet Cake without the sheet! 🙂
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Marlie

    I made this recipe on the weekend and I too was a bit confused about whether or not to add the 1 cup of boiling water. I decided to add it and became instantly worried because the batter was so runny. I was so grateful I did because this caked turned out super moist. I didn’t have 3 round pans so I used one 9×13 inch pan. Cake was not done at the 35 min mark but perfect at 40 mins. Not only was this cake delicious the icing was light and fluffy. Not too sweet as many buttercream recipes are. This recipe is a keeper for sure.


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