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Black Magic Chocolate Cake

This Black Magic Chocolate Cake is three layers of moist chocolate cake wrapped in The Best Chocolate Buttercream makes this one decadent dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 315kcal




  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease 3 6 x 2 inch round or 2 8 x 2 inch round cake pans with butter and flour or cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • Combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
  • Beat in eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, the batter is going to be very thin.
  • Pour 2 cups of batter into each 6-inch pan or divide evenly between the two - inch pans.
  • Bake 6 inch cakes for 30-35 minutes and 8-inch cakes for 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes clean from center.
  • Cool in pans for at least 10 minutes and loosen from sides of pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Frost with The Best Chocolate Buttercream, 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.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.8mg