Beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake

Nancy Allen


This chocolate cake can stand on it's own without frosting, But it is exceptional when it's covered with a creamy frosting.


★★★★★ 1 vote

8 servings
15 Min
35 Min


Add to Grocery List

  • 1/2 c
    plus 3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 c
    boiling water
  • 3 large
  • 2 1/4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c
    plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1 c
    unsalted butter

How to Make Beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease & flour either 2- 9inch round cake pans or a 13x9 or I used a 3 qt. baking dish in this picture and set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together the cocoa and boiling water until smooth. Cool this mixture to room temperature.
  2. In another bowl lightly combine the eggs, 1/4 of the cocoa mixture, and vanilla. In a large mixing bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds until combined. Add the butter and remaining cocoa mixture.
  3. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium speed and beat 1 1/2 minutes to develop cakes structure. Scrape the sides, then add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beat 20 seconds after each addition to mix ingredients together. Scrape down the sides again.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pans, pan or dish and smooth the surface evenly with a spatula. The pan will be 1/2 full. Bake 25-35 minutes or until cake tests done in center with a toothpick. Let cake cool 10 minutes in pan. Then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost or leave plain.

Printable Recipe Card

About Beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

27 Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake Recipes

27 Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Chocoholics rejoice! 27 Blue Ribbon chocolate cake recipes that will make all your chocolate dreams come true. We suggest adding a gallon of milk to your grocery list today.

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We love us some pound cakes, the mouth-watering amazingness is always worth the extra time on the treadmill. Here are some of our favorites!

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes To Brighten Your Day

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes to Brighten Your Day

Kitchen Crew

The markets are bursting with blueberries these days! That makes me very happy because not only are they yummy, they're super healthy. Packed with antioxidants, research shows blueberries can help...