• Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Frosting

    by Christin Mahrlig on May 3, 2014

    in Cakes, Desserts, General

     

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

    A moist and delicious chocolate cake made with buttermilk and cocoa powder and  topped with a homemade chocolate frosting that’s plenty sweet. The frosting has a little crunch here and there from some toasted pecans. They taste so good with chocolate. With buttermilk in the batter and in the frosting, this cake makes good use of Buttermilk. Do you find that you frequently have a carton of Buttermilk at the back of the fridge that’s about to go bad? I almost always seem to.

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

    This is a simple, old-fashioned cake that is always a winner. It’s basically a Texas Sheet Cake except instead of baking it in the typical jelly roll pan (half sheet pan), I’ve made it in a 9X13-inch pan so that it is a little thicker. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is both light and insanely rich at the same time. It’s very difficult not to go back for another bite. And another. And another. It will keep calling out your name until every last bit is gone.

    One minute, you’ll be swooning over it, professing your love. The next minute you’ll be telling it how much hate it for making you eat too much.

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

    That’s why this cake should only be baked for a potluck or a party where there are boatloads of people and there is no chance there will be any left over.

    The frosting is easily assembled in a saucepan and takes only a few minutes. Still warm when poured on top of the cake, it forms an absolutely irresistible fudgy layer. It’s the frosting that really makes the cake. What’s really nice about it is it just naturally spreads itself out over the cake. You only need a spatula to help even it out a little bit.

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

    That’s my kind of cake frosting. I know there are many people who enjoy the labor intensiveness of frosting a 3-layer cake. But I’m not one of them. By that point all I’m thinking is, I want a piece of this cake. Let’s hurry this up.

    That being said, you do need to wait a little while for the frosting to cool and set up before you slice it and take a piece out, or all the frosting will run into that empty spot. Unless you stuff the empty spot with a wad of aluminum foil and tilt the pan ever so slightly to make it harder for the frosting to move in that direction. I’m not saving I’ve done that before.

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

     

    Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Frosting
     
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    A moist and chocolaty buttermilk cake topped with a sweet and fudgy chocolate buttermilk frosting with pecans. A simple, old-fashioned dessert that never goes out of style because it's so darn good.
    Recipe type: Cake
    Cuisine: Southern
    Serves: 18
    Ingredients
    Cake
    • 1 cup butter
    • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting
    • 1 cup butter
    • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
    • ⅓ cup buttermilk
    • 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ cup toasted pecans
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13-inch pan.
    2. Combine 1 cup butter, ⅓ cup cocoa, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is fully melted. You can cut the butter into pieces to speed up the process. Remove from heat.
    3. Using an electric mixer, beat buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract until smooth.
    4. Gradually add melted butter mixture, beating until mixed.
    5. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add to buttermilk mixture and beat until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set in the middle.
    6. To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa, and buttermilk in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth.
    7. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and pecans. Pour over cake while cake is still warm. Let frosting cool and set some before slicing.

     

     

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    Cathy June 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Has this recipe been used for cupcakes? If so, how long do you leave in the oven and temperature? Thanks!!

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    Shannon June 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    This cake is divine!! Very addictive. Will definitely make this again. Thank you!

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    michael May 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    …MMM looks delicious! I am a chocoholic and I know it, sure would love to get my hands on a couple of these!! :)

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    Christin Mahrlig May 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Me too Michael! I can never get enough chocolate :)

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    BakingSecrets May 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Looks so yummy!!! I love chocolate, this should be so delicious!

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    Christin Mahrlig May 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you! I am loving the almond cookies on your blog :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats May 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Mmm, what a perfect cake for afternoon snacking :)

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    Kelly May 7, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I love old-fashioned chocolate cakes and this one looks awesome! 3 layer cakes are great for special occasions but when I’m making a cake for my family to just enjoy – I would much prefer a cake like this one – it sounds delicious and perfect for a potluck too:)

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    dina May 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

    it looks yummy!

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    Christin Mahrlig May 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thank you Dina! :)

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    Shashi May 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wow – that frosting looks insanely good! I do like a 3-4 layer cake, but will gladly dig into a slice of this with THAT frosting! Thanks for sharing this amazing cake AND frosting recipe!

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    Krystle May 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Oh my gosh these look SO good! Love that the icing even has butter milk in it!

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Thanks Krystle! Buttermilk in icing seems a little strange at first, but it’s so good :)

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    Monica May 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I love collecting good recipes using buttermilk because like you said, there’s always extra buttermilk left! I love a good chocolate cake and this looks great. Love the extra height in it going with the 9×13 pan. This is so perfect for pot luck and summer picnics coming up.

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I always have buttermilk lingering in the back of the fridge. I know you can freeze it, but it would stay in my freezer forever if I did that:)Definitely a perfect cake for picnics! Have a great week Monica!

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    Matt @ Runner Savvy May 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    #drool

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    Arrisje May 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Love your recipe and love the layout of your ziplist plugin. Any change you can share how to do that? I have been playing around a bit but not able to change the layout of prep time cook time total time, Could you tell me what do I need to add to the stylesheet?

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I just use the Easy Recipe Plus plugin and I haven’t done anything special to change the layout.

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    Kay Little May 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Yummy for the tummy! My Mother use to make a this cake and we called it Texas Hot Cocoa Cake…memories galore!

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Don’t you just love recipes that bring back memories! Have a great week Kay!

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    Medeja May 4, 2014 at 5:35 am

    This cake looks yummy! Brings me memories.. my mom used to make buttermilk cake.. and I have never tried myself.

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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron May 4, 2014 at 1:47 am

    This chocolate cake is definitely calling my name! And that frosting sure looks good but I think I’d have trouble waiting for it to set. :D

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

    It definitely takes some discipline to wait for the frosting to set! Have a great week Ruby!

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