easy chocolate cake recipe

Easy Chocolate Cake

An easy chocolate cake recipe that requires no special mixing method or ingredients. This chocolate cake is super moist, decadent and delicious! Makes two 8"x2" round cakes with fudge frosting and a chocolate drip. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword beer cake, chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 416 kcal
Author Elizabeth Marek


Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 10 oz AP flour 2 cups
  • 14 oz granulated sugar 2 cups
  • 4 oz natural cocoa powder like HERSHEYS 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 8 oz buttermilk room temperature - 1 cup
  • 8 oz hot coffee or hot water - 1 cup
  • 4 oz vegetable oil 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • 6 oz unsalted butter softened
  • 10 oz powdered sugar
  • 1.5 oz cocoa powder
  • 1 oz milk
  • 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Chocolate Drip

  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 oz heavy whipping cream


Easy chocolate cake instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF and prepare two 8” cake pans with cake goop or preferred pan release 

  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low 5 seconds. 

  3. Add in eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl.

  4. Turn mixer down to low and add in hot coffee and mix until just combined. 

  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan about 15 minutes then invert onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting. 

Fudge Buttercream Instructions

  1. Heat cream until just steaming and pour over chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes and whisk until smooth. Transfer to another bowl and let cool. 

  2. Place softened butter in the stand of your mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk until smooth

  3. Sift the cocoa powder and sugar into the butter and whisk. It will by dry and crumbly at first, keep going until smooth

  4. Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time. Then vanilla and salt. Whisk on high until fluffy. 

  5. Fold in cooled ganache. Frosting is soft. Chill for 20 minutes if you want it firmer. 

Chocolate drip recipe

  1. Heat cream until just steaming and pour over chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes then whisk until smooth. Let cool until slightly warm to the touch before piping onto your CHILLED cake. 

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 272mg11%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.