Diane Hopson Smith Recipe

Barbara's 10-Layer Chocolate Cake - Dee Dee's

By Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011

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Diane Hopson's Story

My sister in law Barbara is the baker in our family. I don't think there's anything she can't bake. This is her recipe and it's one of the best and most requested recipe!!

When ever Barbara brings this cake to an outing, you can be sure it’s the first thing on the dessert table to disappear.

People will get a slice of this cake before they fix there lunch/dinner plate just to make sure they get a piece.

Those that don’t know about this little trick are lucky to get a crumb when they go searching out the dessert table.


2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 1/3 c
1 tsp
baking soda
1 1/2 c
vegetable oil
1 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
3 c
4 Tbsp
cocoa, unsweetened
1 c
evaporated milk
2 stick

Directions Step-By-Step

DIRECTIONS FOR CAKE: Combine flour, sugar and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Spray 9-inch cake pans with non-vegetable spray (PAM). Spread 1/2 cup batter in pan and bake at 325 degrees about 10 minutes. Use a spatula to loosen layers when you remove from oven. DO NOT COOL IN PANS.

Repeat this step until you have baked all 10 layers.
DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING: Combine sugar and cocoa. Add milk and margarine and let come to a boil. Boil about 5 minutes (soft-ball stage when dropped in water). Frost cake while frosting is hot. Use about 5 soup spoons of frosting for each layer. Frost sides of cake before frosting top.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #cocoa, #flour, #buttermilk



Oct 16, 2013 - Diane Hopson Smith shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Feb 4, 2013
Candace I love the idea of using the cake mix! Thank you for sharing!
Candace Bass candace10
Feb 4, 2013
ladies I bake this cake a few times a year,,,however I cheat a bit. I get 2 boxes of yellow cake mix and bake my 10 layers. After they come out of the oven, I brush them with sugar water for more moistness. By all means make sure they are completely COOL before frosting them. We love this cake and my son always wants this one for his birthday! Please don't bash me for using cake mix! LOL
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Oct 6, 2012
Erica, I'm so sorry that you didn't get 10 even layers!! I've only made this cake 3 times and my layers have worked out find so far. My siser in law makes this cake for order during the holidays and for birthdays and it's perfect every time. I am glad you liked the cake. Again I am sorry the layers didn't work out.
Erica Freyer gairka
Oct 6, 2012
This recipe barely gave me 10 layers.....the last 2 layers weren't quite 1/2 cup more like 1/4 each.....great cake just didn't give me enough batter for 1/2 each per layer and I followed recipe to the "t" and I'm a well-seasoned baker but all in all great cake.