This Black Magic Chocolate Cake is three layers of moist chocolate cake wrapped in The Best Chocolate Buttercream makes this one decadent dessert!
This Black Magic Chocolate Cake is so good, it’s almost sinful.
Filled with dark, rich, chocolate flavor, the moist, soft, cake is slathered up in my Best Chocolate Buttercream recipe.
Basically, it’s the perfect chocolate cake for any occasion.
The cake itself is actually slightly adapted from a famous Hershey’s Black Magic Chocolate Cake recipe.
It’s one that many families have made from the back of cocoa packages since the 70s.
The original well-known recipe has been around forever, and with good reason.
It’s super decadent plus there’s an unexpected ingredient that boosts the deliciousness up a notch … brewed black coffee!
That’s right, in addition to chocolate, Black Magic Cake is made with coffee, giving it an ultra-rich flavor!
This cake is topped with my chocolate frosting recipe, which is made with chocolate liqueur.
The buttercream is also sandwiched between the three layers of chocolate-coffee cake, and the finishing touch is a few sprinkles.
It goes without saying, but this cake is pretty much awesome in every sense!
Between its mouthwatering flavors and stacked layers, Black Magic Cake is definitely one of those desserts that “wow.”
It’s perfect to share for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or even small get-togethers with friends and family.
Paired with milk or coffee, a slice of this stuff is the perfect way to end a delicious meal.
And if there are leftovers, well, you may have a hard time not eating them for breakfast.
(But don’t let me stop you … ;))
If you make Chocolate Magic Cake once, you’ll get requests to bring it to every gathering.
In line with the recipe’s tradition, it may even become your family’s new favorite for the next few generations!
This cake is a classic and one that everyone will want to be served at every occasion.
If you’re looking for an indulgent treat to share, bake a Chocolate Magic Cake and you won’t regret it!
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Black Magic Chocolate Cake
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Black Magic Chocolate Cake
- 1 cup brewed black coffee hot
- ¾ cup cocoa powder 75g
- 2 tablespoons malted milk powder 21g, or powdered milk
- 2 cups granulated sugar 400g
- 1¾ cup cake flour 228g
- 1½ tablespoons King Arthur Cake Enhancer optional
- 1¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup buttermilk 245ml, room temperature
- ½ cup canola oil 105ml, or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Whisk together 1 cup brewed black coffee, ¾ cup cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons malted milk powder until smooth. Set aside.
- Combine 2 cups granulated sugar, 1¾ cup cake flour, 1½ tablespoons King Arthur Cake Enhancer, 1¾ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
- Beat in 3 large eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, ½ cup canola oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until fully incorporated, then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, the batter is going to be very thin.
- Pour 2 cups of batter into each 6-inch pan (480g of batter per pan) or divide evenly between the two 9-inch pans (about 720g of batter per pan).
- Bake 6-inch cakes for 30 to 35 minutes and 9-inch cakes for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes clean from the center.
- Cool in pans for at least 10 minutes and loosen from sides of pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Prepare the frosting according to the recipe directions. Frost the cooled cake, starting with a crumb coat and chilling for 30 minutes before adding the final coating.
- Add chocolate sprinkles for the final touch.
- Hot water and instant coffee can be used in place of coffee. Hot water can also be used by itself but the cake will not be as rich in flavor.
- Adapted from Hershey’s.