The Best Chocolate Layer Cake

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I hope everyone had a lovely mothers day on Sunday and happy belated mothers day to all you deserving mothers out there! I know I had a fantastic day and got spoiled by my son and husband.

chocolate layer cake

We had a mothers day tea and dessert night at our church and I made the best chocolate layer cake for the event. This decadent cake is , moist and full of chocolate flavour. This recipe came from my auntie Betty and has been the go to cake to make for every birthday and family get together. I have to say my mom makes it the best but I think I am getting close. She would always judge the cake by how heavy it is. The heavier the better she says.


This recipe uses basic baking ingredients every home baker should already have.

Start by creaming together 1/2 cup margarine, and 2 cups packed brown sugar. Add 2 eggs one at a time and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

chocolate layer cake

Then mix together 1 cup of soured milk with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Add this alternatively with 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix together 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Add to the above mixture, and mix just until blended.

chocolate layer cake batter

Pour evenly into 2 round 8 or 9 inch round cake pans greased and floured. To make sure the cakes don’t stick to the pan you can use parchment paper on the bottom instead of flour. Give them a good tap so that any bubbles that may be hiding rise to the surface.

chocolate layer cake

Bake in 325 F oven for 25-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool in pans for about 20 minutes, then turn out cakes and let cool completely on wire racks. Hint: Cover the pan with a plate before flipping over for easy removal.

chocolate layer cake


Frost the cake with your favourite icing once it is completely cooled. I recommend using a cake board so you can easily transfer your cake. If you are frugal like me you can make your own by cutting out a piece of cardboard to fit your cake and then wrap with aluminum foil.

First step to icing a layer cake is to put a good portion of the frosting in the centre of one of the cakes and spread right to the outside edge.

chocolate layer cake

Place your next layer of chocolate cake on top and put another big portion of frosting on the top. Spread it right to the outside edge.

chocolate layer cake Lastly you can frost the sides. The simplest technique for a gorgeous cake is to make swirls and swishes with your knife or spatula as you ice.

chocolate layer cake

You can leave as is or add a few decorations as you desire. I put some shaved dark chocolate on the top of mine as you can see here. If you wish to do the same all you have to do is shave a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler. To make formed curls you can place the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds on high before peeling. Or simply place the chocolate bar in the cooling oven until warm but not melted just to soften up a bit.

chocolate layer cake

And there you have it, a basic old-fashioned chocolate cake. Make this for yourself and you will be pleased you did, and everyone else eating it for that matter.

Be sure to come by next week for my chocolate buttercream frosting recipe.

Best Chocolate Layer Cake

A basic old-fashioned chocolate cake. You will be pleased after making this decadent, rich, and moist chocolate layer cake. 

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate layer cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 293 kcal


  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup soured milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup water boiling


  1. Cream margarine and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time along with the vanilla.

  2. Mix together the soured milk and baking soda and add alternatively with the flour.

  3. Mix together the cocoa and boiling water. Add to batter and  blend until just mixed. 

  4. Bake in layer pans at 325 F for 25-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. 

Also check out my chocolate cupcakes recipe. 

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