Perfect Chocolate Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


The Perfect Chocolate Cake is a rich and moist dessert that will satisfy any chocolate lover’s cravings. This homemade chocolate cake is easy to make and delivers a delightful balance of chocolatey goodness and sweetness. The cake layers are tender and fluffy, while the chocolate buttercream frosting is smooth and decadent. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a delightful treat for yourself, this cake is sure to impress and leave you wanting more.


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. You can also line the bottoms with parchment paper for easier removal.

2. Prepare the Cake Batter:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the ingredients until the batter is smooth and well combined.
  • Slowly add the boiling water to the batter while mixing on low speed. The batter will become thin; this is normal.

3. Bake the Cake:

  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

4. Cool the Cakes:

  • Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer the cakes to wire racks to cool completely.

5. Prepare the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until it becomes creamy and smooth.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the butter, mixing on low speed until well combined.
  • Pour in the milk (or heavy cream) and vanilla extract, and continue to beat until the frosting is fluffy and spreadable. Add more milk or powdered sugar as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

6. Assemble the Cake:

  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand.
  • Spread a generous amount of chocolate buttercream frosting on top of the first layer.
  • Carefully place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining chocolate buttercream frosting.

7. Enjoy Your Perfect Chocolate Cake:

  • Slice and serve the Perfect Chocolate Cake to your friends and family.
  • Savor the moist and chocolatey goodness of this delectable cake, and celebrate the perfect blend of flavors and textures in every bite.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake is a delightful treat that’s ideal for birthdays, celebrations, or any day you’re in the mood for a decadent chocolate indulgence. The combination of moist cake layers and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting is pure bliss for chocolate enthusiasts. Whether you’re serving it at a party or enjoying it as a personal indulgence, this cake is bound to become a favorite go-to dessert in your repertoire. Embrace the deliciousness of the Perfect Chocolate Cake and create cherished moments with every slice!