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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

This is one of Martha's favorite traditional chocolate layer cakes.

  • yield: Makes 1 six-layer cake; serves 12 to 14

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-3-inch cake pans. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Sift together flour and baking powder. With the mixer set on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour; scrape down sides twice.

  3. Step 3

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites with pinch of salt on high speed until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in a large spoonful of the beaten whites into the batter to lighten the mixture. Fold the lightened batter into the remaining egg whites. Divide the batter equally among the prepared pans. Bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Remove the pans to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Step 4

    If cakes are not level, use a serrated knife to trim tops off. Carefully slice each cake horizontally into three equal layers, about 3/4 inch thick. (You will have six layers.) To assemble, place one sliced layer on an 8-inch cardboard cake round. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat with remaining layers, placing the final layer bottom side up. Cover cake with remaining frosting. Serve immediately.

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Reviews (18)

  • Maggie101 8 Jun, 2010

    I just made the cake and it is still in the oven, OH MY GOD! Even the batter is so good, its light and so good. I can not wait to taste it. It looks like a master piece sitting there, Thanks Martha I have been searhing everywere,why I didn't go to you first I don't know, thanks again.

  • myla08 17 Apr, 2010

    This is definitely a white cake. What is shown is the part of the cake that is unfrosted and a hand, covering the layers with dark chocolate frosting. For people who like white cakes, this is wonderful. I like some of her other dark chocolate cakes, previously shown in this index of "chocolate" [in some part] cakes. Whatever, enjoy!!!!

  • LynnieKin 21 Feb, 2010

    This recipe is great! I made it for a large group at my brother's birthday party, and it was a hit. I would definitely recommend this recipe!

  • LynnieKin 21 Feb, 2010

    This recipe is great! I made it for a large group at my brother's birthday party, and it was a hit. I would definitely recommend this recipe!

  • LynnieKin 21 Feb, 2010

    This recipe is great! I made it for a large group at my brother's birthday party, and it was a hit. I would definitely recommend this recipe!

  • Evergreen123 1 Dec, 2008

    Traditionally "Choccolate Cake" meant a yellow cake with chocolate frosting so I assume that's what we have here.

  • bhealle 14 Nov, 2008

    i love chocolate cakes,,,thanks and i love it

  • rosedinner 25 Jun, 2008

    the frosting is very hard and bitter i think something is lacking here, mabey . dont know

  • suzanneswarner 10 Apr, 2008

    Or perhaps the edges of the cake are just browned, ant the actual cake which we're not seeing is white!

  • joanne68 29 Jan, 2008

    Thanks Martha I've got an allergy to chocolate so will use a different icing, joanne

  • mmsrjs 28 Jan, 2008

    great! much rather have a white cake with chocolate frosting than everything dark. thanks martha for the recipe. it is good!

  • obbligato 4 Jan, 2008

    Thought the samething as someone else. Where's the chocolate other than in the icing?

  • lisakcollins 31 Dec, 2007

    Where's the chocolate in this chocolate cake recipe?

  • smisma 22 Dec, 2007

    looks yummy :)

  • shathootee 7 Dec, 2007

    I will try it and i love it for sure , thanks dear i will give my sister the ingredients as a gift because her husbend is crazy about chocolate cake.

  • ggordylynn 16 Nov, 2007

    This cake reminds me of my Grandma Morgan's chocolate cake. She placed pecan halves on top of the icing and in between the layers also. Everyone loved it and Grandma always had some sitting on the kitchen counter. Unfortunately, Grandma passed before I got her recipie, so I can't wait to try this recipie. Gloria H., Kentland, Indiana

  • Sarsi 14 Nov, 2007

    radioflyermq- you can buy a cake leveler at a craft store that sells cake decorating supplies. LIke, Joann's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby.. Wilton has a small wire type one and a lager knife-type. The small wire one works to up to a 9" cake and is only around $3. Hope that helps you!!!

  • radioflyermq 8 Nov, 2007

    Wow! this looks wonderful. The layers in the photo are so perfect. Mine are usually somewhat lopsided. Any suggestions?