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Best Ever Chocolate Layer Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Layer Cake is a rich, moist, triple layered chocolate cake with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 -20 slices
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Sandra


Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened to room temp
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease three 8-inch or two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and lightly dust with some flour.
  • In mixing bowl or electric mixer, add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low and add boiling water to the cake batter a little bit at a time. Once the water is all mixed in beat on high for about 1 minute.
  • Evenly distribute cake batter between the three (or two) prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting

  • In a stand mixer cream together butter and cocoa powder until well-combined.
  • Add powdered sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Frost cake are you like, serve, and enjoy!


Prep time includes the time to frost and put together the cake.


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.2mg