How to Bake a Chocolate Buttercream Cake – Recipe



  • butter for coating and dusting the cake pan (unsalted butter)
  • All purpose flour for coating and dusting the cake pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar (not powdered)
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk (To make buttermilk, add 1 tbsp lemon juice/white vinegar to 1 cup of milk)
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 0.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolaty Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1.5 cups butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the baking dish and dust with flour – tap out the excess (see a few online baking tips for help).
  2. In a mixer, take flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix on a low speed until combined.
  3. Transfer the powders to a bowl and add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla. Beat until smooth for just a couple of minutes.
  4. Transfer this batter to a baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Let it cool on the wire rack for 15 minutes and then remove from the Oven.
  7. Frost with your choice of frosting and serve cold.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  • In a bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until fluffy. You can use a stand mixer or a blender for best consistency.
  • Add in cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
  • Beat in powdered sugar, gradually. (1 cup at a time)
  • Add milk slowly to make it a smooth spreadable texture.
  • The frosting should be very thick and will thicken even more if you have the time to refrigerate it for a while.
  • Spread on the cake either just on the top or all around it, and Bon Appetit!

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