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A frosted chocolate layer cake topped with chocolate ganache on a cake stand, with a large slice of cake missing.

Perfect Chocolate Layer Cake

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


My Perfect Chocolate Layer Cake is seriously the best chocolate cake! This easy cake recipe is soft and moist, smothered with creamy chocolate frosting and homemade ganache.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup very warm water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2, 9-inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Cut 2, 9-inch rounds of parchment paper and place them in the bottoms of the pans. Spray again with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt on low speed until combined.
  3. With the mixer still on low, add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Turn the mixer up to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Turn the mixer back down to low and slowly add in the hot water. Mix for an additional minute until combined.
  4. Divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Frost with my Creamy Chocolate Frosting and my Pourable Chocolate Ganache Recipe for a drip-style cake, as pictured.


Store airtight for up to 3 days at room temperature


  • Serving Size: 1 unfrosted slice
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 41.5 g
  • Sodium: 510.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.5 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 43.3 mg
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