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Baking an easy dessert like this chocolate cake can be almost as thrilling for a birthday girl or boy as blowing out the candles.  

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring 2005
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Tools and materials: two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans, parchment paper, flour sifter, electric mixer and bowl, rubber spatula, long serrated knife.

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  • MS10384595
    28 JAN, 2018
    This is such a delicious cake. We did not have buttermilk but read somewhere to add lemon juice to your milk if you do not have buttermilk. You can google the ratio on that...but it was delicious!
    • dcamp94
      20 APR, 2018
      What recipe did you use for the buttercream?
  • marian377
    1 MAR, 2015
    Does anyone know the volume of the batter this recipe makes? Please help me out. Thanks!
    • MS10384595
      28 JAN, 2018
      I made this delicious recipe with my granddaughter and we did a two layer cake.
  • MS10806205
    28 JAN, 2018
    All 3 layers of the cake came apart in pieces. Evidently the recipe needs more eggs to hold it together. I had to make a trifle with the pieces. I wanted a layer cake and the cake did have a nice taste but I was disappointed it didn't hold together
  • jenesis2464280
    14 NOV, 2010
    TOO MUCH BATTER!! All over my oven!
    • MS10996566
      9 JAN, 2018
      Yes-please, please, please Manhattan test kitchen people-please remember that very few people have commercial grade high sided baking pans in their kitchens.
  • marsharams7494670
    6 SEP, 2017
    I used 1 1/2 Cups of hot coffee with 1/2 tsp. espresso powder instead of water. Cake was delicious and satisfying. Served with whipped cream and cherries in heavy sauce. Excellent
  • cakengiftsini
    1 JUN, 2017
    This cake is loved very much by my w[filtered] family So we make this cake twice or thrice in a month. We want to give thinks to you by heart for giving such superb recipe. Another cake that they like is given on the site :
  • candacestutz
    4 MAR, 2017
    This chocolate cake was super-easy and super-delicious. Very moist, my w[filtered] family loved it!
  • amalelivenl
    8 JAN, 2017
    How and how long can I store it?
  • ramonaorvishot
    8 FEB, 2016
    Substitution friendly!!! So I didn't change much but we don't do milk, so I used what we had ... Hemp milk with apple cider vinegar. I would say you could get away with 1 cup less of sugar, but not overly sweet. I made 1 x 10" spring-form cake and baked for 50 min and 12 standard cupcakes with the remained and baked for 25 min. Great recipe. This is our go to now for birthday cakes. Thanks so much!!
  • janelnelliebel
    30 DEC, 2015
    This recipe reminds me of my Grandma's...especially the use of the buttermilk! I can't wait to try it and see if it reminds me of her :). Thanks!

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