Rich Chocolate Cake with Whipped Frosting

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Forget boxed cake mix -- this easy recipe is worth the extra few minutes of prep time, resulting in a cake that's moist and delicious and so chocolaty. Ice this cake with our Whipped Frosting.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk

  • Whipped Frosting

  • Shaved dark chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-2-inch cake pans, tapping out excess flour. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.

  3. Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.

  4. Place one cake, bottom side up, on a cake stand. Tuck strips of parchment paper underneath. Using an offset-spatula or table knife, spread top with Whipped Frosting. Top with remaining cake; frost top, then sides.

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