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It is cake time!! Specifically simple chocolate birthday cake with whipped chocolate buttercream frosting…YES.

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Yay!!

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So…..

My power went out while writing this post and ALL the words were lost. Ugh. I am actually re-writing this via candlelight and the hotspot on my phone!

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I had written so much!

Things like how this big three-layer cake was for my mom’s birthday.

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And how for all birthdays around here, two layers simply won’t do.

Nope, not two.

Three.

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Because when cake is involved… three layers are always better than two.

More layers mean more frosting, which is just all around awesomeness.

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This is my all time favorite chocolate cake.

I know the ingredients by heart and could probably make this cake in my sleep. It is that easy.

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This cake never fails and the frosting will forever be my family’s favorite.

It is almost mousse-like. So light and fluffy. My mom could not stop saying how incredibly moist and delicious it was.

She even did the roll the eyes to the back of her head thing. I LOVE when she does that!

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Well, I have to cut this one short, sorry for the very quick post. As I said before, our power is completely out and I only have limited time on my phone’s hotspot before my battery dies.

Ten percent to be exact, gotta wrap it up!

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Hopefully the photos will do the talking.

Oh, and did you notice? The gotta little love from the amazing WoodenSpoons Kitchen! What do think? I will be talking about it more soon, but the battery is now at 3%.

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(2 LAYER CAKE) Simple Chocolate Birthday Cake with Whipped Chocolate Buttercream.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 16 servings
Calories Per Serving: 364 kcal

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Ingredients

Cake For 2 Layers

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, greek yogurt, canola oil, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until there are no longer any clumps of flour. Add the hot coffee and mix until combined. The batter should be pourable, but not super thin. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
  • 3. Pour the batter among the 2 cake pans and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan. Invert the cakes onto a cooling rack. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until the butter is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat, scraping down the sides as needed, another 2 minutes or so, until there are no streaks of white. Add 3 tablespoons of the heavy cream and whip the frosting for 2-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. If desired add the remaining tablespoon of the heavy cream (I normally do) and whip until combined. Taste the frosting and add more powdered sugar if you like a sweeter or thicker frosting.
  • 2. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. 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. Decorate with sprinkles, chocolate curls, or whatever your heart desires.

Notes

*To quickly bring eggs to room temperature place them in a bowl and fill with warm water. Let them sit five minutes.
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(3 LAYER CAKE) Simple Chocolate Birthday Cake with Whipped Chocolate Buttercream.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 30 servings
Calories Per Serving: 377 kcal

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Ingredients

Cake For 3 Layers

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease 3 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, greek yogurt, canola oil, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until there are no longer any clumps of flour. Add the hot coffee and mix until combined. The batter should be pourable, but not super thin. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
    3. Pour the batter among the cake pans and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan. Invert the cakes onto a cooling rack. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until the butter is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat, scraping down the sides as needed, another 2 minutes or so, until there are no streaks of white. Add 3 tablespoons of the heavy cream and whip the frosting for 2-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. If desired add the remaining tablespoon of the heavy cream (I normally do) and whip until combined. Taste the frosting and add more powdered sugar if you like a sweeter or thicker frosting.
    2. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting. Add the 3rd layer and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with sprinkles, chocolate curls, or whatever your heart desires.

Notes

*To quickly bring eggs to room temperature place them in a bowl and fill with warm water. Let them sit five minutes.
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Hey, I had a thought, there could be a good side to this power outage. Kinda the perfect time for cake!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for my son’s 7 year birthday. We all loved it! The little bit of coffee makes it perfection. I made it over two days; the first for the batter with plenty of time to cool. The second so I could really deck out the theme he had requested. The directions were super easy to follow.

  2. 5 stars
    This cake was so good! The best chocolate cake. Also, I’m really a 13 year old girl named Abigail. I ‘m typing under my mom’s name. I love to bake and your recipes are some of the best! You inspire me to bake and have fun in the kitchen. Thank you for making these awesome recipes and helping me out with easy recipes! I can’t wait to try all your desserts. Thank you! Abigail

    1. Hey Meredith,
      Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was tasty, thanks a lot for making it! Nope, you can keep on the counter in an airtight container:) xxT

  3. 5 stars
    Made it for my boyfriend’s bday and he loved it! I followed the recipe and only added raspberry jam to the layers because it’s his favourite and it turned out amazing! I will make it again 100%.

    1. Hi Carolina,
      Thanks so much for making this cake and sharing your review, I am so glad it was a hit for the birthday! xT

    1. Hi Angela,
      So sorry, I haven’t, but I would just reduce the bake time and start checking for doneness at 25 minutes. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Bri,
      You bet, that is just fine for you to do! I hope you love this recipe and happy birthday to your cousin! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this cake for my husband’s birthday. It was SO so so good. The cake layers and the buttercream frosting were both individually good and together AMAZING! 10/10 so many compliments and will continue to make year after year!

    1. Hey Brianna,
      Happy Friday!!? Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, I am so glad it was a hit! Happy Birthday to your husband! xT

  5. Hi there !! Can you omit the coffee for this or is it needed ? Husband is scared it’s going to taste like coffee

    1. Hey Sydney,
      You can use water in place of the coffee. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  6. I am going to make this cake for my father in-laws birthday. It looks devine.
    I love the idea of your raspberry white chocolate cake but he is a chocolate guys so I was curious, how do you think it would taste if I mixed fresh raspberry’s/raspberry jam in with the chocolate frosting in the middle layer?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      I think that sounds like a great idea!! I hope you love the recipe and happy birthday to your father-in-law!! xTieghan

      1. Hey Cynthia,
        Yes, a 9×13 works great! Check for doneness at 45 minutes:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan