Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

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This three layer chocolate cake has a whipped cream filling and chocolate icing. Perfect dessert for any special occasion.

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to show your love than with chocolate cake? This one has three layers of moist cake with a deep chocolate flavor, whipped cream between the layers, and the whole thing is covered with a scrumptious chocolate frosting. It’s a truly decadent dessert worthy of Valentine’s Day or any other holiday.

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

Valentine’s Day is always special, but today it is extra special. It is the day of the inaugural Cancer Chase 5K which my son (a cancer survivor) has organized to raise money for cancer research. Wish us luck! I’m just glad I get to volunteer and don’t have to run. Although I’m sure I’ll be so busy and have so much nervous energy that I’ll feel like I ran the race.

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

My daughter and I have been super busy the last few days baking brownies, muffins, and cookies to give away for a donation at the race. Needless to say, we are a little sugared out right now.

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

But even still, I can always muster up an appetite for a slice of chocolate cake.

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling


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Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Christin Mahrlig
This three layer chocolate cake has a whipped cream filling and chocolate icing. Perfect dessert for any special occasion.
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Cake Batter

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs

Cream Filling

  • 1 cup very cold heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 9-inch cake pans.
  • Place the 1 cup cocoa powder in a medium bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir with a fork until smooth and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to mix well.
  • In the large mixing bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on high speed until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  • Add flour mixture in 4 batches, beating just until combined.
  • Add cocoa mixture in 3 additions, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once batter is smooth, turn mixer off and divide evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
  • Place in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top of cake springs back when lightly touched.
  • Place cake pans on a wire rack and let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and place back on wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make filling, place heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thick. Refrigerate until needed.
  • To make frosting, place butter in bowl of electric mixer and beat until smooth. Add 1 cup of confectioners' sugar and beat until combined. Add half of the cream with the mixer on low and then remaining ingredients, including what is left of cream. Turn mixer to high and beat until smooth.
  • Spread whipped cream between the cake layers and frosting on sides and top of cake. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Recipe Source: adapted from Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations

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32 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake with Cream Filling

  1. Just finished this for my a friends birthday, added chocolate orange to the icing and raspberry jam in the middle with the cream! It’s quite a crumbly cake to work with so I recommend letting it cool for as long as possible before icing! Can’t wait to eat it!

  2. Turned out great! Thank you for this recipe 😍😍😍 Will definitely make again 😊😊😊

  3. when we see the cake it so tempting & mouth watering to. As i feel it is so easy to prepare in the home so, for this weekend i will try this recipe and i will surprise to family members

  4. If I made this cake, could I leave it in refrigerator after making it? Will it last long After initially being made? Will the whip cream get the cake soggy? I prefer cold cake!!! πŸ°πŸŽ‚

  5. If i make this and fix it on friday afternoon ill it still be nice on saturday afternoon for my party? Worried the whipped cream filling will go soggy.

  6. Made this yesterday. Cake was very moist. I think if I make it again, I will line my pans with parchment paper. I was unable to get any of my cakes to release cleanly from the pan. My end result looked horrible, but the taste was amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Chocolate cake is the perfect way to show your love! It looks so decadent, delciious and perfectly moist! So glad to hear that the race went well too πŸ™‚

  8. Hope all went well for you guys and your son raised a ton of money! πŸ™‚
    Let us know how your day went.

    This is such a wonderful cake, reminds me of home when I was a young one.
    Always made from home scratch foods, especially desserts!

    P.S. ~ I made the Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, it was a HIT!!
    Hubby really liked it and my friends were begging me for the recipe.
    Thank you! πŸ˜€

  9. I hope the race went really well! I bet you all did a fantastic job! Hope we get to hear about it!

    And this cake looks sooo good. I think I could always make room for a piece of cake like this!

  10. Wow! I hope the inaugural race went well, Christin! Such a worthy cause and you are a champion in my book for all of your efforts in coordinating the charitable event. You ROCK! I’m so sorry to hear that your son suffered with cancer, but am elated and relieved to know he is a survivor. πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend and thank you for sharing your chocolate cake recipe. I love the cream filling!

  11. Good luck – I hope you and your son help raise a ton of money!!! And this cake – I love when someone goes to the trouble of making 2 kinds of filling/frosting. It looks great and the taste is extra special. Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

  12. Best of luck today, Christin! You must be so excited and proud, and I’ll bet you will feel like you did actually run that race after all the baking and coordinating! I rarely ever bake straight up chocolate cake for whatever reason…this one looks so moist and I love that creamy filling! Pinned. πŸ™‚

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