Chocolate Decadence Cake

Krystal McDowell


Three layers of moist chocolate heaven. Enough to satisfy any chocolate craving.


★★★★★ 1 vote

45 Min
25 Min


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2 c
strong black coffee
1 c
dutch processed cocoa(such as hershey's special dark)
2 3/4 c
cake flour, sifted
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1 c
butter, softened
2 1/4 c
eggs, large
3/4 c
sour cream, room temperature
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract


1 c
dutch processed cocoa, sifted
1 c
butter, softened
4 c
powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1/2 c
whole milk or half and half, room temperature

How to Make Chocolate Decadence Cake


  • 1In a medium saucepan, heat coffee over medium heat until just before boiling. If you don't have any brewed, simply combine two cups of water with two tablespoons instant coffee.
  • 2Turn off heat and add cocoa. Whisk until combined and cocoa is completely dissolved. Cool completely.
  • 3Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour three 9" round cake pans. Set aside.
  • 4In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • 5In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 6Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix well.
  • 7Switch mixer to low and add flour mixture alternating with cooled cocoa mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until combined after each addition. Do not overmix.
  • 8Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 25 minutes or inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • 9Cool layers for 10 minutes in pans then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
  • 10For frosting: Place cocoa and butter into a large mixing bowl, add vanilla and beat on medium speed until combined.
  • 11Switch mixer to low and add powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Mixture will look crumbly.
  • 12Slowly pour in milk. Mixture will come together. Then, turn mixer to high and whip for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. If frosting is too dry, add more milk. If too loose, add more sugar or cocoa.
  • 13Frost cake and decorate as desired.

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About Chocolate Decadence Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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