Layered Chocolate Cake

by Kristina Domitrovich // photos by Lindsay Pace

This chocolate cake is rich and flavorful – the perfect dessert.

Layered Chocolate Cake

Category: Editor's Picks, Food & Drinks, Food Recipes

Layered Chocolate Cake


  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 4 ounces 100% cacao chocolate bar
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 5-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk, more as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray three nine-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray, then line the bottom of each pan with a cut-out circle of parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and whisk to ensure it’s well combined; sift any remaining clumps.
  3. Freshly brew the coffee.
  4. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the oil and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  5. In the meantime, place 4 ounces of chocolate in the coffee, stirring continuously until completely melted; set aside.
  6. To the sugar and oil, add in the eggs and yolks one at a time, followed by the buttermilk, vanilla and Greek yogurt.
  7. Once well combined, use a rubber spatula to fold in one third of the dry ingredients until barely combined, followed by one third of the hot coffee/chocolate –– and repeat with the remaining amounts. Once all the ingredients have been added, do not over-mix; the batter may be slightly clumpy.
  8. Evenly pour the batter among the three pans (filling each about 2/3 full).
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. For the frosting: Beat the butter and vanilla extract until creamy. Add in the cocoa powder and salt, and mix until well incorporated. Add in 5 cups of powdered sugar and the milk, and mix until combined.
  11. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix again to ensure it’s well incorporated. If too dry, add more milk; if too runny (or if more is needed for decorating), add more powdered sugar.
  12. Layer and decorate as desired.
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