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The Perfect Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake recipe + buttercream = the most beautiful St. Patrick’s Day Cake! Inspired by the beauty of shamrocks and all things green, this 2-layer naked Shamrock Cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword The Perfect Chocolate Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (112g) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (90g) good unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (237g) freshly brewed hot coffee (I use decaf)

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into two 8-inch round prepared pans and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350°F, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out mostly clean (not wet).

  4. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.