Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

Indulge in the ultimate chocolate experience with our mouthwatering chocolate layer cake recipe. This delightful treat features multiple layers of moist chocolate cake generously coated in luscious chocolate ganache frosting. The rich and velvety texture of this cake combined with its intense chocolate flavor will leave you craving for more. Perfect for birthdays, special occasions, or any time you want to satisfy your chocolate cravings, this recipe is a must-try for all chocolate enthusiasts.

Chocolate Layer

Chocolate Layer Cake

A decadent chocolate layer cake with rich chocolate ganache frosting, perfect for chocolate lovers.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 12 servings
Calories 1132 kcal


Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups flour

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup cocoa sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ⅓ cups dark chocolate melted & cooled


Chocolate Layer Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  • Line four cake pans with baking paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add 2 ½ cups sugar and 1 cup butter into a medium bowl, cream them together on high speed for about 2 minutes, using a hand mixer.
  • Mix in the eggs on medium speed two at a time.
  • Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt mix on high speed for a minute.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the hot water and buttermilk.
  • Add the cocoa and whisk until you see no lumps.
  • Add 1 cup flour into the butter/egg mixture.
  • Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula to ensure the flour is fully blended in.
  • Pour in half of the buttermilk/cocoa mixture blending it gently till the mixture is blended well.
  • Add in the 2nd cup of flour at a low speed.
  • Pour in the remainder of the buttermilk/cocoa mixture then mix it on low until fully combined.
  • Add the last cup of flour mixing on low speed until the flour is well blended.
  • Evenly divide between the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow your layers to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, using a sharp knife run around the edges of the pans to help separate the layers from the pan.
  • Place the pans in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  • Once the layers are fully cooled carefully flip the pans over.
  • Using a serrated knife to level the tops of the layer cake, then frost as desired.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • Make the chocolate frosting while the cake layers bake and cool.
  • Using a hand mixture, beat the 2 cups of butter on medium speed for 30 seconds until smooth.
  • Add 1 cup of sifted cocoa and ½ tsp of salt, mix well until cocoa is fully blended and there are no lumps.
  • Adding the 6 cups of icing sugar slowly 1 cup at a time.
  • Halfway through adding the icing sugar, pour in ½ a cup heavy cream or milk to make it easier to mix the frosting.
  • Once all the icing sugar is blended well, mix 1 ⅓ cups cooled chocolate chips.
  • Beat on low until the ingredients are fully blended and the consistency is reached.
  • If your frosting is too thick add an extra Tbsp of heavy cream.
  • Mix with a spatula for a couple of minutes to get the frosting SUPER smooth.
  • Smooth the frosting layers then chill the cake in the fridge for 20 minutes until the frosting is firm to the touch.


Calories: 1132kcalCarbohydrates: 144gProtein: 11gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 8gSugar: 106gVitamin A: 1684IUCalcium: 122mgIron: 6mg
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