Libby's Chocolate Cake

Elizabeth Pitts


This is my family's favorite cake. I take it to all family gatherings and to any other functions.

★★★★★ 2 votes
25 Min
25 Min


1 3/4 c
all purpose flour
2 c
3/4 c
cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
kosher salt
1 c
butter milk, shaken
1/2 c
vegetable oil
extra large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 c
hot coffee


6 oz
semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 stick
butter, unsalted, room temperature
egg yolk 'optional'
2 c
confectioners' sugar
1 Tbsp
instant coffee powder
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract


1Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
2Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 23 to 27 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
3Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
4In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
5Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.
6Note: I use the Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa it makes a huge difference. And I also use Instant Coffee for the cup of coffee in cake batter

About Libby's Chocolate Cake

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