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Moist Triple Chocolate Cake {From Scratch}

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Super easy, moist and best triple chocolate cake recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients! Loaded with cocoa powder and coffee. This is the ultimate one bowl cake and pairs perfectly with chocolate frosting.

If you have been looking for the perfect cake for your next party, I assure you your search has come to an end! I have tried many recipes and always find myself coming back to my true and tested family recipe. The texture is perfectly soft and moist but not so soft that it falls apart. The chocolate flavor is very balanced. It’s not too bitter and not too sweet and pairs well with many of these Frosting and Filling Recipes.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Chips Decoration

This Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cake is the BEST!

  • Simple ingredients
  • Fluffy
  • Moist
  • Intense chocolate flavor
  • Soft but stable texture

How To Make Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Mix ingredients– In a bowl, add eggs, oil, milk, vanilla extract and mix.
  2. Mix more ingredients– Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and mix until partially combined.
  3. Stir in coffee– Until batter is smooth and creamy.
  4. Fill cake pans– Lined with parchment paper and greased sides.
  5. Bake– At 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes.
  6. Cool cakes– Fully, and prepare chocolate icing.
  7. Remove parchment paper– From bottom of each cake.
  8. Ice cake– Place one cake on a cake stand and spread icing on top.
  9. Ice the other cake– Place the other cake on top of the icing and press gently to secure it together.
  10. Ice whole cake– Use the back of a spoon or spatula to create a rustic design.
  11. Finish it– Toss mini chocolate chips and sprinkles on top.

Variations for Moist Chocolate Cake

Chocolate birthday cake– Use the decorations from this Best Birthday Cake {Easy and Fun}, and this recipe as the base for the cake.

Dark chocolate cake– Use dark chocolate cocoa powder.

Glazed chocolate cake– Top with a smooth glaze for an elegant finish.

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Chocolate ganache cake– Use this Chocolate ganache frosting {2 ingredients} to ice the cake.

Chocolate cake decoration/design– Try any of the ideas from the following: Birthday Cake Ideas, Easy Cake Decorating Ideas, Russian Piping Tips Tutorial

Kit Kat cake– Use this recipe as the cake base, and then decorate it according to this Kit Kat Cake with Strawberries recipe.

Tips And Techniques for Best Homemade Chocolate Cake

What makes the cake moist and fluffy? Creaming the butter and sugar together creates air pockets, these expand while the cake is baking creating a fluffy cake. The moist cake is produced by the correct ratio of liquid to dry ingredients.

Why do you add boiling water to chocolate cake? Some recipes use boiling water or coffee to help develop and deepen the flavor of the cocoa powder.

Why is my cake dry and crumbly? This may be due to too much flour added to the cake. Make sure to measure accurately in order to ensure a cake that is not dry and crumbly. It can also be that the cake was over baked, or baked at too high of a temperature.

Why is my cake dense? This may be due to either too much sugar, liquid, or even too much baking powder and soda. These will all make the cake dense. It is also possible that the cake was over-mixed which can make the cake dense and tough.

Why did my cake deflate and sink in the middle? Too much baking powder and soda can cause a build-up of gas. This causes the center of the cake to rise too quickly before the rest of the cake finishes baking, then the center deflates and sinks.

Why add coffee in chocolate cake? Coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate and makes it more intense!

How to keep chocolate from sticking to pan? Make sure to line the cake pans with parchment paper along the bottom and then grease the sides. This will prevent the cake from sticking.

Can you add cocoa to cake mix? Yes, you can add cocoa to a cake mix. Check out this post to learn all of the ways to improve a mix: How to Make Box Cake Better (Taste Homemade).

Storage for Simple Chocolate Cake

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– In a sealed freezer safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw to room temperature before serving.

Homemade Triple Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting on Black Stand and Rustic Wood Background

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Easy Moist Homemade Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe From Scratch with Chocolate Frosting on Black Stand and Rustic Wood Background
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Super easy, moist and best triple chocolate cake recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients! Loaded with cocoa powder and coffee. This is the ultimate one bowl cake and pairs perfectly with chocolate frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Decorating time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocoa cake, homemade cake
Servings: 9 Slices
Calories: 966kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Milk Whole or 2%
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar Granulated
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder Optional
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 tsp Baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Strongly brewed coffee Or water, Hot
  • 4-5 cups Buttercream icing
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips Mini size, For decorating
  • 1 tbsp Sprinkles For decorating

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, oil, milk, vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and mix until partially combined.
  • Stir in hot brewed coffee until batter is smooth and creamy. Batter will be very thin and that's normal.
  • Pour batter in two round cake pans (Dimensions: 9×2) that are lined with parchment paper and greased along the sides.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool down fully.
  • While they are cooling, prepare chocolate icing.
  • Remove parchment paper from bottom of each cake.
  • Place one cake on a cake stand and spread icing on top.
  • Then, place the other cake on top of the icing and press gently to secure it together.
  • Ice the whole cake.
  • Use the back of a spoon or spatula to create a rustic design.
  • Toss mini chocolate chips and sprinkles on top.

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • This recipe will either make 24 cupcakes or a two 9 inch round cakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 966kcal | Carbohydrates: 152g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 703mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 117g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg
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58 comments on “Moist Triple Chocolate Cake {From Scratch}”

  1. Your ingredient list calls for whole or 2% milk and then the instructions call for buttermilk.  I grocery shopped from the ingredients and didn’t get buttermilk.  Is regular milk fine? 

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