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Velvet Cocoa Cake with Instant Buttercream

To make decorative icing lines, gently drag the rounded end of a butter knife up the sides and across the top of the cake.

Source: Everyday Food, May/June 2003
Total Time Prep Servings


For the Cake

For the Buttercream


Cook's Notes

To melt chocolate, heat in the microwave for 15-second intervals until almost melted, then stir to finish melting. The cake can be frosted in advance and refrigerated.

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  • Roslyn23
    16 APR, 2014
    I love this cake. The texture isnt too dense or too light, in my opinion it's perfect! The frosting was creamy and so smooth and yummy. This is my new favorite chocolate cake. I made cupcakes for a party and everyone loved them.
  • J3ANA
    3 JUL, 2012
    This was an incredibly easy yet delicious cake. Added in a melted square of bittersweet chocolate for extra flavor and increased cooking time. The whole family devoured it. Will definitely make again.
  • veronicachristine22
    10 MAR, 2010
    can this buttercream hold up under fondant?
  • corelasij
    24 FEB, 2009
    Easy cake, I made it for my husband's birthday. Great texdtures, I loved the frositing... will definitely make the frosting again. I think the cake could use a little more flavor. I might add more cocoa powder next time or add chocolate chips to the batter just before baking.

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