Black Magic Chocolate Cake

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

Black Magic Chocolate Cake |


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…

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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


Black Magic Chocolate Cake
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Moist, rich, and delicious dark chocolate cake perfect for any occasion!
Serves: Serves 12
  • butter for pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brewed strong black coffee
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 bag (12-ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. You should have a thin batter.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
To prepare the frosting, place chopped chocolate in a medium mixing bowl; set aside.
  1. Place whipping cream and butter in saucepan and cook over medium heat to just a boil.
  2. Pour cream mixture over chocolate; whisk vigorously until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Remove from fridge and stir; refrigerate about 1 more hour or until spreading consistency.
  5. Spread about ¼ to ⅓ of frosting on one cake layer; top with the other cake layer and spread frosting on top and sides of cake.
  6. Cut and Serve.
Adapted from Allrecipes

Recipe Source: Diethood

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  1. Belinda says

    Hi ! Thank you so much for this recipe. It was such a hit with my husband and my folks.
    I have just two things I need to know. Can I use this recipe to bake cupcakes and also if I could use the same recipe for vanilla cupcakes?

  2. says

    I have to comment, because I make A LOT of cakes and this is by far the best have have ever tasted! I was a little worried when I saw how runny the batter was, but it turned out beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

      • Cloud says

        Almost exactly the same cake as my Grandmothers only her recipe makes 3 x 9 inch round pans. Also the “Original” 1920’s recipe has Coffee or Espresso in it. I have a copy of the add in her write in cookbook it came out from. The stronger the Espresso or Coffee the more flavor the cake has, just don’t get it too bitter compensate with sugar. Also remember to always shake the Buttermilk before using it so that its not settled in the container. Never ever add hot anything Water, Coffee, Espresso, unless the recipe calls for them.

        I make this every-time there is an event at the American Legion, things like Funeral dinners, Retirement parties, any time we need to caterer to the public. I have adapted it into large sheet cakes. They can stacked like yours or served as iced singles.

        Cupcakes topped with Hersey min Dark Chocolate bars also are popular for an extra Chocolate Treat for kids during the Fall Fest. Vanilla Buttercream is also a good contrast to the or with the Chocolate if you want to add something or double up the frosting.

        My person favorite Chocolate cakes are 3 X9 round one made with Ice-water and between the frosting and the Cake has over 23/4 Cups of “Reg or Dark” Coco powder in it, Swimming in thick Chocolate Cream-cheese frosting. Or simple “Depression” Cake made with Vinegar, Soda, Salad Oil, at least for a fast sheet cake for company with simply vanilla frosting. Both stay moist for weeks not that they last that long and are easy to make. Growing up both were always around for an after school treat, along with a host of other things depending on the time of year.

  3. PeggyRose says

    This cake was delicious! I chambers the buttermilk for almond milk and the dark roast for a medium and it is perfect! Thanks for the recipe.

    • says

      Hi Ana! Butter and oil do not have the same properties, but having said that, you can use the butter. Just know that the texture of the cake will be slightly different. Also, make sure that the butter is melted and completely cooled before you add it to the cake. Let me know how it goes! Thank you!

    • says

      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.

  4. Caroline says

    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. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  6. Allison Mortimer says

    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

    • says

      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.

  7. Shelli says

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

  8. says

    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.

  9. Jessie says

    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.

  10. Ericka G. says

    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!!!

  11. halucy says

    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. 😉

  12. Ilsa says

    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.

  13. Melissa Vincent says

    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.

  14. Becca says

    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!

  15. says

    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!

  16. Margot C says

    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!)

  17. Rebecca says

    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!!

  18. Danielle Christine says

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

  19. says

    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!

  20. Caroline says

    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.

  21. says

    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 =)

  22. Angi Ignarski says

    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!!

  23. says

    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

  24. says

    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. :)


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