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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Join me in the kitchen to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day with one of my favorite cakes.

Lauren's Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up at just five years old. Seriously! I received an Easy Bake Oven and the rest is history. Do you remember those? They were essentially a small plastic oven with a light/heating element. I baked my first chocolate cake by myself in that Easy Bake Oven. That little oven and the chocolate cake started me on a path that would lead me to work in fine dining restaurants growing up, and eventually attend the culinary Institute of America and obtain my bachelor’s in hotel and restaurant management and associate’s degree in culinary arts. While I am no longer working in five-star kitchens or baking and decorating in specialty cake shops, I still enjoy baking for my family. My Buttermilk Chocolate Cake is a favorite of both my boys and is frequently requested for their birthday cakes. 

A lot has changed since my first Easy Bake Oven cake, but my love of baking and chocolate cake remains the same. I will use any excuse to bake, and so International Chocolate Cake Day seemed like as good a reason as any. I hope you will join me in the kitchen and bake up this decadent Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with a Buttercream Chocolate frosting and celebrate all things chocolate cake with me today! 

My Kiddos Favorite

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Recipe by Lauren HopeCourse: Dessert


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This recipe makes three 9 inch round buttermilk chocolate cakes and 1.25lbs of chocolate buttercream frosting.


  • Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
  • Flour 3 cups

  • Cocoa Powder 2 cups

  • Baking Soda 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

  • Baking Powder 2 teaspoons

  • Sugar 4 cups

  • Kosher Salt 1 teaspoon

  • Eggs 6 each

  • Butter, melted, cooled 8 ounces

  • Buttermilk 2 cups

  • Vanilla 2 teaspoons

  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • Butter softened 1 stick

  • Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup

  • Powdered Sugar 1 pound

  • Water 3 Tbsp


  • Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  • Add the sugar and salt and stir to combine well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in small increments, gently folding the mixture until well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pans. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • Cream butter. Mix, using a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the butter mixture is a pale yellow, light, and fluffy. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice while mixing.
  • Add all cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly. Start on a low speed and mix until evenly combined.
  • Add water until proper consistency. It should be an easily spreadable frosting.


  • The recipe makes three 9 inch round cakes.

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