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Perfectly sweet homemade Chocolate Cake is the best dessert! This scratch made recipe is extra decadent because of the chocolate ganache and cocoa powder. Espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor. Whipped egg whites and buttermilk make it extra fluffy and moist too!

slice of Chocolate Cake on white plate with chocolate frosting
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Why this Chocolate Cake recipe works:

This is by far the best chocolate cake recipe you will ever find. Both the taste and texture will knock your socks off!

  • Expert bakers will find both the ingredients and the recipe steps incredibly satisfying. At the same time, the process easy enough for beginner cooks to follow with perfect results!
  • Both real chocolate chunks as well as cocoa powder are used to create intense chocolate flavor in this homemade cake.
  • Espresso powder or very finely ground instant coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor.
  • This recipe uses real butter instead of oil. This adds to the rich flavor but also creates a tight crumb.

How to make this amazing chocolate cake:

  1. First step is to create a chocolate ganache by scalding heavy cream and pouring it over chopped chocolate.
  2. This mixture gets smoothed to a perfectly smooth velvety chocolate after the chocolate has had time to melt.
  3. To mix the chocolate cake batter, you will combine the dry ingredients and set them aside. Then you will mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks, chocolate ganache, and vanilla. Small amounts of the dry ingredients then get mixed in, alternating with buttermilk. Finally, the whipped egg whites get folded in.
  4. The batter then gets poured into two parchment lined cake pans.
  5. Smooth the batter so that they cakes will bake evenly.
  6. Finally bake in the oven for about a half an hour. 
step by step photos of how to make homemade Chocolate Cake

Baking tips for perfect results:

whole Cake with chocolate frosting swirls

Much like my Heavenly Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes and my Copycat See’s Bordeaux, this wonderfully delicious chocolate cake recipe has a secret ingredient that intensifies the chocolate flavor!

If you are craving other intensely chocolate desserts, you’ll want to try these favorites!

lifting a piece of cake

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Chocolate Cake

Prep30 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Total1 hour
Servings 24 servings
Perfectly sweet homemade Chocolate Cake is the best dessert! This scratch made recipe is extra decadent because of the chocolate ganache and cocoa powder.


  • 4 ounces 60% chocolate chopped small
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 0.11 ounces espresso powder one packet starbucks Via
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 large eggs yolks and whites separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans with the cooking spray. Cut rounds of cooking parchment paper to fit each pan and then line bottoms of pans with the paper.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a heat safe bowl. Gently heat the heavy cream on the stove over medium heat or in the microwave on 50% power until almost boiling. Pour over chopped chocolate and allow to sit, undisturbed, for about 5 minutes. Stir to combine (chocolate should be fully melted by the time you stir. If not, you can heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments). Allow mixture to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt until mixed. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter with paddle attachment on medium to high speed until light and fluffy; set aside. Note – you can’t overmix the butter and sugar, so be sure to keep mixing until it is very light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed to ensure it is fully mixed.
  • Reduce speed to medium and add 1 egg yolk at a time into the sugar mixture until mixed. Reduce speed to low and mix in the melted chocolate and vanilla. With speed still on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until fully incorporated. Once all ingredients are mixed in, increase speed to high for just a few seconds to really whip it together. Transfer this batter to a large clean bowl and wash stand mixer bowl you were using.
  • Add the egg whites to the stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Do not overmix. You basically want the whites to be light and fluffy so that when you stop mixing and pull the whisk out, the peak that it pulls on it’s way out holds it’s shape. If you over mix, the whites will break.
  • Add egg whites to the batter and gently fold in using a rubber spatula to turn the batter over the egg whites, continuing until all of the egg whites are fully mixed in. Be sure to be as gentle as possible using the least amount of mixing required to fully incorporate.
  • Pour batter into pans, using a rubber spatula to scrape the batter from bowl. Spread batter evenly in pans and smooth top of batter.
  • Ensure oven racks are adjusted so that cakes bake in center of oven and bake in preheated oven 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cakes should also start pulling away from sides of pan once cooked.
  • Cool cakes in pans on cooling rack. When pans and cake are still hot but cool enough to touch, flip cakes out of pan by placing your hand on the cake, inverting pan to release, then set back down on cooling rack with parchment round side down. Allow to fully cool on cooling rack.
  • Frost with your favorite frosting and enjoy!


  • Nutritional information is based on the cake only without the frosting.
  • I recommend using 60% chocolate for the ganache, but you can use lighter or darker chocolate depending on your preference.
  • I highly recommend using a baking scale to ensure you have the same amount of batter in each cake pan. Not only will this allow you to make cakes that are the same time, but it will ensure they cook evenly.
  • Cooking times will vary depending on your oven and elevation, so be sure to remove the cakes as soon as soon as a toothpick comes out clean once inserted into the middle.
  • My favorite frosting for this cake is my fudge-like Chocolate Frosting, however there are many other great options. Other delicious frosting recommendations include my Perfect Italian Buttercream FrostingBrown Butter Vanilla Bean FrostingCream Cheese Frosting, or Mascarpone Frosting.


Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 170mg, Potassium: 60mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 376IU, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 4 stars
    Made this for my daughter’s 8th birthday. Everyone loved it, great taste and texture. We paired it with Krissy’s cream cheese frosting- yumm.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness – what a heavenly chocolate cake that ticks every single box! I’ve never made a scratch chocolate cake before, so I really appreciate all the wonderful tips along the way, so mine can turn out as amazing as yours!

  3. 5 stars
    Such a decadent chocolate cake! I can’t wait to give it a try this weekend! my hubby is so looking forward to this weekend:)

  4. 5 stars
    This looks out of this world delicious and yummy! My husband and daughter are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this!

  5. 5 stars
    You had me at ganache, espresso and chocolate! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. The cake is gorgeous.