Rating: 4 stars
112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 10
  • 112 Ratings

When you want a really good dessert, make this triple-layer chocolate cake with rich, creamy frosting.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cool:
60 mins
bake:
35 mins at 350°
Servings:
12
Max Servings:
16
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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease bottoms of three 8-inch round baking pans or two 8x8x2-inch square or 9x1-1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Grease and lightly flour waxed paper and sides of pans. Or grease one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set pan(s) aside.

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  • In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder; and salt; set aside.

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined (3 to 4 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl; continue beating on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition (about 1 minute total). Beat in vanilla.

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  • Alternately add flour mixture and milk to beaten mixture, beating on low speed just until combined after each addition. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan(s).

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  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes for 8-inch square pans and the 13x9x2-inch pan, 30 to 35 minutes for 8- or 9-inch round pans, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Peel off waxed paper. Cool thoroughly on wire racks. Or place 13x9x2-inch cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly. Frost with desired frosting. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Best-Ever Chocolate Cake)

739 calories; total fat 34g; saturated fat 17g; cholesterol 117mg; sodium 403mg; carbohydrates 107g; fiber 3g; protein 9g; vitamin a 826IU; vitamin c 0mg; calcium 141mg; iron 3mg.

Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

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  • In a large saucepan melt semisweet chocolate pieces and butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until smooth. This frosts tops and sides of two or three 8- or 9-inch cake layers. (Halve the recipe to frost the top of a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store frosted cake in the refrigerator.

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Reviews

112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
My all time favourite Chocolate Cake recipe - just PERFECT .
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2015
Its a good! would be funny to have your children help make the cake.
Rating: Unrated
12/15/2014
This was a great recipe when I figured out that the printed recipe doesn't give the correct ounce size for the icing. It just says 1 ounce sour cream. I figured it out when making the icing and added the rest of the 8oz sour cream. That needs to be fixed though.
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Rating: Unrated
09/23/2013
Absolutely delicious! Only one problem. If you have standard household....non-commercial size....cake pans, you will need THREE PANS NOT TWO. Preparing the cake is a simple procedure. Cleaning up the bottom of the oven due to overflowing cake batter is another story. Don't be fooled by the two pan suggestion. USE THREE CAKE PANS AND SAVE YOURSELF FROM A MAJOR "burned" CLEANUP. I plan to make this cake again. Only this time a three layer cake is included in the plan.