Moist, rich, and delicious dark chocolate cake perfect for any occasion!

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AND what a way to start it – with free money and a cake!!! Is there any better way to enjoy the beginning of the New Year?! NOPE!

To make this celebratory message more complete, imagine that there’s a really cool gif right above this sentence with sparklers and stars and noisemakers! (I wish I was a graphic designer…)

On this night, given the choice between staying at home and going out, I always, always choose OUT! At this moment, I am partying it up with my husband and friends, sending off 2013, and ringing in 2014 with a bang! I may also have my fingers stuck to a Dom Perignon bottle…

Black Magic Chocolate Cake |

What’s better is that I even have 2 slices of this Black Magic Chocolate Cake waiting for us when we get back home!! Diets do not start on the 1st of January – leave that for the 2nd. On the 1st of January you have to eat “good luck” foods – round foods, like, cakes, cookies, and doughnuts! These treats are often enjoyed on New Year’s Day as their shape signifies that the old year has come to an end and the New Year brings a fresh start.

With that said, this cake is the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. A moist, rich, and delicious dark chocolate cake perfect for any occasion. It’s SO!GOOD! There’s coffee in it, too!! No joke, I was ready to toss out the fork and just bury my head in it. This cake is such a lovely New Year treat.  It’s effortless and it reminds me of why, come tomorrow, I need to get on that dang treadmill that’s staring right at me…

Black Magic Chocolate Cake |

Anywho. About that giveaway! $100 Target Gift Card! Scroll down and enter!! GOOD LUCK! And again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I can’t wait to spend another 365 days with you!! XO



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Ring in the NEW YEAR with a $100 Target Gift Card!

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  1. Rebecca October 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM - Reply

    Any subs for the coffee? I don’t drink / use it.

    • Katerina Petrovska October 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM - Reply

      Hi Rebecca! How about chocolate milk? Or coconut milk, if you like. You can also use beer… or even fruit juice. I hope this helps! Let me know!
      Also, I should note that you really can’t taste the coffee in this cake – it just enhances the flavor of the chocolate.

  2. Anna October 13, 2014 at 12:46 AM - Reply

    I made this cake for my husbands birthday and it was AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Katerina Petrovska October 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM - Reply

      Hi Anna! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you!
      Happy Birthday to the hubs!!

  3. Maisarah August 15, 2014 at 7:23 PM - Reply

    Hi, May I know what type of sugar to be used in this? Can I use caster sugar or golden granulated sugar?

    • Katerina Petrovska August 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM - Reply

      Hi! Yes, that would be granulated sugar. I hope you have a chance to try it – the cake is amazing! :)

      • Maisarah August 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM - Reply

        Thank you so much for your quick reply Kate. I am trying this for a potluck with a group of mates and we ‘re all choc fiends and looking at this, it would fit perfectly. I just hope I am able to execute it and make you proud… Thanks again for sharing..

        • Katerina Petrovska August 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM - Reply

          Don’t know if there’s a popularity contest at the pot luck, but if there is? You’ll WIN! :-D Have a great time!!

  4. Caroline August 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM - Reply

    This looks so amazing, cant wait to try it! I’m just wondering how high the edges of the baking pans have to be?

  5. Caroline August 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM - Reply

    Kate! I JUST made this cake today to take to my in-laws for a Sunday dinner! It was DELICIOUS! Seriously…you made me look like a chocolate-cake-baking-rockstar! Everyone loved it! It’s so chocolatey and moist and the frosting is perfection! I followed your directions exactly…didn’t change a thing…this is my new favorite!

  6. Sam @ Baking Made Easy June 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    can I use Milk instead of buttermilk? will the results be the same? I love dark Chocolates!

    • Katerina Petrovska June 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM - Reply

      Hi Sam! No, you want to use buttermilk and you can make your own buttermilk just by pouring 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Then you will need to add milk to the vinegar and bring the liquid up to the one-cup line. Let stand 5 minutes and use as much as the recipe calls for. Hope this helps!

  7. Allison Mortimer April 22, 2014 at 12:42 AM - Reply

    I’m in the UK so how much cream in fluid ounces and how many ounces in a stick of butter as ours comes in 250gram blocks many thanks

    • Katerina Petrovska April 22, 2014 at 2:09 AM - Reply

      HI! I’m happy to help! 1 cup is 8 fluid ounces, so you will need 12 fl.oz. of cream. A stick of butter is 113 grams. A stick of butter is also 8 tablespoons. Let me know if you need anything else.

  8. Shelli April 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM - Reply

    I don’t drink coffee and can’t stand the flavor or smell. Is there a substitute for the coffee in this recipe?

    • Katerina Petrovska April 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM - Reply

      Hi Shelli! You don’t like coffee?!? hehe ;-) Do you like hot chocolate? I’d use cocoa instead of coffee.

  9. Danièle April 12, 2014 at 1:08 AM - Reply

    est-il possible de remplacer le babeurre (difficile à trouver )par autre chose?

    • Katerina Petrovska April 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM - Reply

      Hi! Yes – in a bowl or glass, pour 1 cup milk and stir in 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Let the mixture stand about 5 minutes; now you have buttermilk! :-) Hope this helps!

  10. Sahil April 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM - Reply

    These look delicious! I do not like store-bought Cakes, but I LOVE homemade stuff, so I will definitely be trying this over the weekend.

  11. Jessie February 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    Hello! Quick question. For the brewed coffee, does it have to be at room temperature or is it ok to add it hot? Thanks! I cannot wait to try this recipe.

    • Katerina Petrovska February 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM - Reply

      Hi Jessie! It shouldn’t be hot, so warm or room temp will work best. Let me know if you need anything else. Have a great day!!

      • Jessie February 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM - Reply

        Thanks Katerina for your fast reply! I will let you know if I have anymore questions. You have a Great Day also! (: Thanks again for this fab recipe. Love Chocolate Cake.Cake.Cake! lol

  12. Ericka G. January 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM - Reply

    I shop at Target all. the. time. I would probably spend the gift card on my usual groceries and maybe some clothes…but I’d definitely have to treat myself to some Essie nail polish ;) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy New Year!!!

  13. Jane G January 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    This cake sounds wonderful. Thanks!

  14. halucy January 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    As unexciting as it is, I need a new hair dryer. After that, I’ll be needing new clothes after that diet I started January 2nd. ;)

  15. Ilsa January 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM - Reply

    if I won I would spend it on home decor, I’m trying really hard this year to be happy with the home I have and not wish for a larger and fancier home if I had some spare money I would be able to but some items that would help my home be more functional.

  16. Alishia Bigelow January 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM - Reply

    I’m making the Black Magic Cake now.

  17. Melissa Vincent January 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM - Reply

    One year ago at the age of 47, I decided to return to school to become a nurse. I left a full time job & a part time job to work just part time. My family of 3 has made many sacrifices to make this possible. I can imagine spending this card on school supplies and a little something for my husband and my son since they are my biggest supporters.

  18. Becca January 7, 2014 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    We’re in a new (to us) house, so I’d probably spend a gift card on home decor, mostly stuff to hang on the walls!

  19. Sally Kanehen January 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    I would spend it on frames and wall decor for my house.

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    I saw this on your IG (I think) and it took me a while to actually visit your post to take a closer look. Amazing! You know how to make great food and know how to take beautiful pictures. Can’t help but staring at this cake… I want a slice so badly right now. Happy New Year to you and your family! Really looking forward to your new dishes this year!

  21. Ruta @ Mix it Up January 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM - Reply

    YourYourphotos are gorgeous. I would spend it on chocolate.

  22. Janice January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    I would use it to freshen up some things in my home.

  23. Sarah O. January 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    I would spend a hundred bucks on food and clothes, probably.

  24. Laura January 6, 2014 at 1:43 AM - Reply

    I would buy valentine’s day items

  25. christine gorigoitia January 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    baking stuff!!!

  26. Denise Fedor January 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM - Reply

    I would buy food!

  27. Sue/the view from great island January 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM - Reply

    Yikes, that’s what I call a cake! I have a similar cake coming up on my blog… I can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

  28. Dee January 5, 2014 at 1:47 AM - Reply

    I would spend it on groceries. Thanks for the chance! :)

  29. Candice C January 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    I would spend the entire amount in the baking/cookware aisles. And by the way, the cake looks amazing!

  30. Dina January 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    there’s nothing like chocolate cake!

  31. Lisa Allen January 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM - Reply

    I’d buy a new trash can…mine has seen better days!

  32. Joy January 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    That cake looks! I would spend it on new stuff for my coming baby:)

  33. LoriN January 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Sale items that I need.

  34. Margot C January 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM - Reply

    I think I would buy one of those Mowhawk mats that you put right in front of your sink to stand on (I spend half of my life there doing dishes!)

  35. Rebecca January 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    I was just at Target…my favorite store! Go in with a list but come out with double [or more] of what I “needed”! Love it! :) If I won the gift card, I think I’d buy some chocolate and a new hand mixer-mine died on NYE!! As for that AHH-MAZ-ING chocolate cake…looks simply DEE-LISH!! Can’t wait to make it! We’re some chocolate FREAKS here!! This is perfect!! Thanks for posting and here’s to the Happiest of New Year’s!! Cheers!!

  36. Karie January 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM - Reply

    I’d use the gift card on some new “unmentionables” and couple of new baking pans.

  37. Lyndsay January 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    I’d buy gluten free baking ingredients to make this delicious looking cake!!!

  38. mary rosales January 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    Some clothes for my oldest and shoes as she needs them more

  39. Melissa January 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    I’d probably spend it on some kitchen items!

  40. Patsy January 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    Coffee pot. Thank you!

  41. Colleen L January 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    Gift card would always be welcome as well as the Chocolate cake!

  42. Cathy January 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    What’s not to love about Target!!

  43. jerzygirl45 January 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM - Reply

    Happy New Year!

    This cake looks positively drool-worthy.

  44. Dawn January 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM - Reply


  45. Dawn January 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    The cake looks amazing – love dark chocolate!

  46. Lindsey January 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    I would buy serving platters

  47. Danielle Christine January 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM - Reply

    I would use it to buy more fun baking goodies and some stuff to organize the kitchen for all of my baking goodies lol

  48. Twyla January 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    Definitely some new home decor!!

  49. Lisa S January 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Workout clothes because I will need them after eating this cake! Haha

  50. Cara Roxanne January 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    I would buy new baking supplies!

  51. karen January 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    Groceries for baking!

  52. Jess January 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    This looks so good. My grandma makes a chocolate cake with coffee and it is amazing. She made it with me once but that was like 10 years ago and I forgot the recipe. I will definitely have to try this out!

  53. selam January 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    I would use it to buy groceries:-)

  54. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide January 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM - Reply

    I would probably use it to buy groceries!

  55. Nicole January 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    I’d use on something for my upcoming DIY wedding in February!

  56. Tracy January 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM - Reply

    Groceries. Socks. I could spend the whole thing on socks, actually….

  57. BusyWorkingMama January 3, 2014 at 5:51 AM - Reply

    I’d probably use it on groceries!

  58. Christina Gathright January 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM - Reply

    I’d probably spend it on my two little ones. And maybe a little something for me :)

  59. Caroline January 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM - Reply

    If I won, I’d probably spend it the way I always spend money at Target…I’d go in for a few things…then walk out a few hundred dollars later. Always.

  60. The Ninja Baker January 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    If I won the 100 dollars, I’d stock up on chocolate chips and whipped cream for that luscious frosting and cake! Love the idea of eating round sweet things on January 1.
    Happy New Year =)

  61. Amber January 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    A Fit Bit!

  62. Meryl January 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM - Reply

    I’d buy some new king size sheets.

  63. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous cake my dear!

  64. Persa January 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    I would love love to win the Target giftcard! I love Target!

  65. Jodee Weiland January 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM - Reply

    Great recipe! I would use the gift card to buy some extras for my new camera I ordered or even a photography class!

  66. Debbie January 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    I would use the gift card towards my grandkids upcoming birthdays!

  67. Angi Ignarski January 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM - Reply

    If I won the target gift card, I would head over to the kitchen section & let my instincts take over! There are some basic gadgets I need to replace but there is also some bakeware I need & I’m sure I could find something I want!!

  68. steph@stephsbitebybite January 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    WHOOOOAA!! I would kill for a piece of this cake right now!

  69. Jerin Marina January 1, 2014 at 11:48 PM - Reply

    I love Chocolate Cake, it’s looks delicious Great job Vicki! Wishing you Happy New Year!

  70. Charlie January 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    This cake looks soooo good! The coffee must make it even better :)

  71. Ellen January 1, 2014 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Clothes and stemware!

  72. Kim January 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM - Reply

    I would spend the $100 Target gift card on clothes and shoes.

  73. Jamie Martin January 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM - Reply

    Sounds lame, but probably a blender..

  74. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM - Reply

    Your cake is just lovely, Kate! Dark, chocolatey and gorgeous. But…LOL! Guess what I baked the other night? Your cake! Yep. But, it is a special cake and I used the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake recipe as well as the Allrecipes cake recipe…both recipes that I have been making for many years to develop my recipe. Everyone loves this cake! And, for good reason. :) I hope to get the post done for Friday, my dear. Happy New Year to you and your family! xo

    • Katerina Petrovska January 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM - Reply

      Hi Stacy!! It is a great cake, isn’t it! Now I want more… :-D Happy New Year to you, too!! XO

  75. Sandy Headtke January 1, 2014 at 6:02 PM - Reply

    My Target has the best grocery prices so I am there weekly.

  76. Diane January 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM - Reply

    Target is my favorite store…I would probably buy “kitchen..y” things.

  77. Becca from It's Yummi! January 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    What a great indulgent recipe and giveaway!

    I’d use the gift card to buy some MUCH needed food props :)

    • Katerina Petrovska January 2, 2014 at 12:07 AM - Reply

      Ah yes! Food props – us food bloggers will never have enough of those! :) Thanks, Becca!! Happy New Year! XO

  78. Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines January 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    You know me and chocolate. :) I’d definitely love the gift card though. I’d use the money for an iPad tripod mount.

  79. Stephanie January 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    I would buy groceries at Target :)

  80. Gina Guthrie January 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM - Reply

    I would use the gift card for beauty products

  81. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM - Reply

    Starting the New Year with a stunning chocolate cake!! I love it!!
    I would buy more dishes. :)

  82. Jeanne January 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM - Reply

    If I won the gift card, I would spend it on some good books to read.

  83. Laura Dembowski January 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM - Reply

    This cake looks wonderful! I’m more of a stay at home gal on NYE, but I’ll take the bottle of Dom :) Here’s to a great 2014!

  84. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom January 1, 2014 at 8:44 AM - Reply

    clothes!! and bathroom stuff. . love Target! :)

  85. Katie January 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM - Reply

    I’d probably buy some shoes or a purse that I would try to talk myself out of otherwise!

  86. Janet T January 1, 2014 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    Lovely cake! I would spend the Amazon gift card on a cake platter and a pair of running shoes!

    • Janet T January 1, 2014 at 7:23 AM - Reply

      The Target gift card. Sorry! :)

  87. Jaime Brown January 1, 2014 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    If I win I will buy groceries. thank you:)

  88. Ramona January 1, 2014 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Happy New Year!! Hope you had a glorious night saying good bye to 2013 and saying hello to 2014! I would love a big slice of this cake for my breakfast. :)

  89. Vicki Hale January 1, 2014 at 6:39 AM - Reply

    If I won, I would use the gift card for food and beauty products. Thanks! Vicki.

  90. Emily @ Life on Food January 1, 2014 at 6:24 AM - Reply

    They have a mirror from Threshold I want for our new house. This would be perfect.

  91. Vicki Hale January 1, 2014 at 6:22 AM - Reply

    Hi, would very much appreciate follow backs! Thank you! Vicki.

  92. A_Boleyn January 1, 2014 at 1:16 AM - Reply

    The cake looks rich and decadent. Maybe just a SMALL slice. Happy New Year!

  93. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 1, 2014 at 1:02 AM - Reply

    This cake is just stunning. Obviously any diet must wait an extra day ;). Happy New Year, Kate!

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