5 from 6 votes
Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooling Time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 5 mins
 
This is THE BEST chocolate cake recipe out there! Easy, one-bowl recipe, moist and melt-in-your-mouth, with tons of deep chocolate flavor!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Chocolate, chocolate cake
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 446 kcal
Ingredients
For the chocolate cake layers
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the cocoa simple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
To make the chocolate cake layers:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Generously mist three 8-inch diameter by 2-inch high cake pans with non-stick spray, and line with circles cut from parchment paper.
  3. Place the sugar, flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.
  4. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and add it to the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix on low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (30 seconds to a minute).
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.
  7. When all of the eggs are fully incorporated, add the Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and vanilla, and beat on medium speed for about 60 to 90 seconds, to aerate the batter and strengthen the cake's structure.

  8. Divide the batter evenly between the three prepared pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with one or two moist crumbs.
  9. Cool completely, then soak with cocoa simple syrup (optional), and fill and frost.
To make the cocoa simple syrup (optional):
  1. Place the sugar and cocoa powder in a small pot and whisk to combine.
  2. Stir in the water and place over medium heat.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Use a pastry brush to soak the cake with the simple syrup before topping with filling. Repeat as you add each layer.
Recipe Notes

Click here for the frosting recipe you see in the pics: Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

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Nutrition Facts
Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Potassium 276mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 40g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 13.2%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.