Double Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Double chocolate cake with buttercream frosting with one slice removed.

I’ve always been a cake person.

Don’t get me wrong – I definitely eat both cake and ice cream.  But if given the choice, I will choose cake.  Preferably extra rich and chocolatey, with a thick layer of frosting.

Slice of double chocolate cake with buttercream frosting on a white plate.

So on my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a little a lot of chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.  The problem here is that I am not a very experienced cake maker.

In addition, I admit that I have little to no experience in successfully frosting a double layer cake.

But luckily, my frosting-loving taste buds coincide with my heavy-handed frosting abilities.  So it was a Happy Birthday after all.

Slice of double chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.

Completely unrelated to double chocolate cake (or maybe not, considering all those calories), I ran a half marathon this weekend!

Two women running a race.
Two women with ribbons around their necks.

That was fun.

Now I’m ready to eat another double chocolate cake.  Extra frosting, please.

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Double Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


This double chocolate cake with buttercream frosting was what I made myself on my birthday. So chocolatey, so rich, so perfect. Happy Birthday to me!



Double Chocolate Cake, from Foodessa

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee (or 1 cup boiling water)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Confessions of a Tart

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more to your tastes)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 23 cups of powdered sugar (more or less to achieve desired consistency)


Double Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three round baking pans and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in hot coffee.
  2. Pour batter evenly between the three pans and bake on middle rack of oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  1. Whip the room-temperature butter on medium speed. Shift to low and add cocoa powder slowly, spoonfuls at a time, until fully incorporated. Still on low, add in the powdered sugar (also one spoonful at a time), alternating with the milk, to achieve desired consistency and taste. Then, beat on medium speed until very light and fluffy, another 3-5 minutes. Add in more sugar if consistency is too thin.


I used two of the cakes and frosted the middle/top/sides. And from the same batch, I still have a third cake and enough frosting to make some extra cake pops!

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 828

Keywords: double chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, chocolate cake recipe

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It feels good to be able to run 13 miles.  And it feels really good to eat chocolate cake.

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