Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing


Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing {A Pretty Life}


A while ago, it occurred to me that I had never made a chocolate cake.
How is that even possible?!


So I set on a mission to find the perfect chocolate cake recipe!
And what a better time than for Valentines Day!
Let me tell you, there are SO many recipes out there it is mind boggling! Where to start?!


In my search I kept seeing a common theme with the recipes…many of them had coffee in the ingredients.  I had always bypassed those recipes because I do not like coffee flavoured anything, except for a cup of coffee.  I really, really do not like coffee in my desserts.


But I was curious why coffee was even in chocolate cake recipes…so I googled it.
Apparently, coffee does not add coffee flavour, but instead it boosts the flavour of the cocoa.
And it does.  This cake has no coffee flavour at all.  Just a really good, rich chocolate flavour.


Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing {A Pretty Life}
This cake was so rich, so moist, so chocolatey and so easy to make.
Honestly, it really was no harder to make than opening a box of cake mix.  Truly.
It’s a staple recipe…a go to!


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    Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong coffee (it can be hot, warm or cool)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Chocolate Buttercream Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (not margarine)
  • 3 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 9 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


    Chocolate Cake:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep your baking pans. You can either grease and flour your pans, or use parchment paper. See tips!
  3. Into a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla to dry ingredients, and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour your batter evenly into your prepped cake pans. Gently tap the pans on the countertop to remove air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate your pans. Bake for about 15 minutes more, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  7. When done, let your pans cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes, then remove cakes from the pans.
  8. Chocolate Buttercream Icing:
  9. Beat all ingredients until the icing is nice and fluffy. You will have to scrape the bowl often.


This recipe can be halved or even cut into 1/3. The recipe as it is will generously ice a 3 layer, 8" cake, inside and out.

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing {A Pretty Life}


So if you are looking for a good old-fashioned chocolate cake with chocolate icing, 
this is it.  Search no further.  Trust me!



  1. I’m on my way over…do you have the coffee on? 😉 Seriously? That looks delicious!

  2. Uhhhh…that´s the perfect Cake for my husband, he is chocolat addicted!!!

  3. That cake looks amazing!!! Here is the question….where did you get that awesome cake plate with the lid? Do you put the whole thing in the fridge? Love it!!! I want one of those!

  4. I could use a piece of that right now – my mouth is watering! And yes, that is a beautiful cake plate and cover! 😉

  5. I’m drooling all over – that looks amaaaaaaaaazing. Hmmm need an excuse to bake a chocolate cake now… my birthday is coming up!

  6. The cake and the photo is the picture of “Comfort” I’m putting the coffee on right now.

  7. Oh my yummy! I have been having SERIOUS chocolate cravings lately. This post is dangerous!

  8. How delicious! I’ve never heard that about the coffee – good to know! I have to make Henry a b-day cake and chocolate sounds like just the thing!

  9. @Pam Thanks Pam! Your comment was so lovely! 😉

  10. @Natasha d Thanks Natasha! The cake plate came from my mom who found it years ago while treasure hunting with my Grandma and uncle! Isn’t it fabulous!! It’s so big that I can’t get it into the fridge, but I just leave my cakes on the counter because they don’t last too long around here, hee hee! Jo-Anna

  11. Drooling over this!! I wish I could eat this entire cake…I probably could 😉

  12. OMG…that looks wonderful…I hope your Valentine enjoyed it. I am pinning this for future reference. I saw your post over at
    “Crafty Scrappy, Happy” blog party.

  13. this looks so delicious! i have to make cupcakes for a birthday party this weekend — i wonder how many this would make if it put them in muffin tins instead of cake pans? i’ll have to try it out!

  14. YUM! this sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for the great recipe. Love your photos!

  15. Just made this cake tonight, and it. is. amazing! I had wanted a go-to chocolate cake recipe, and this one is for sure it. The cake is perfectly moist, and the icing is the right consistency making it easy to frost the cake.

    Oh, and you are right… you don’t taste the coffee at all, but it sure does make the chocolate stand out.

    Thanks for sharing!


  16. This cake is making me so hungry! It looks amazing!! I am stopping by from Whipperberry and I would love if you’d visit me too!!


  17. Your cake looks amazing! I just pinned it :) I love, love, love your cake plate with the beautiful lid!! Happy Friday.

  18. I love chocolate cake and this is like double the helping! Yummy!

  19. This cake looks delicious! I’ve already pinned it! I’m your newest follower!

  20. I have this in the oven now! yummy!! can’t wait!!

  21. @Tracy S I hope you LOVE it!! Jo-Anna

  22. The frosting won me over. Where did you get that amazing blue pail(?) in the background? I love that color, and it works so well with the chocolate brown:)

  23. I make a very similar cake but minus the coffee.. now I’m thinking I should add a bit to get more chocolate flavor out of it!

  24. I want a bowl of this frosting! Thanks for sharing today =)

  25. This is seriously the best chocolate icing and my whole family agrees :) I have yet to attempt to make the cake but I’m sure it’s going to be just as delicious as the icing. I’ve tried a few recipe’s for chocolate icing but this one is the perfect combination of flavor and sweetness – love it!

  26. How can you go wrong with Chocolate Cake EVER !


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