buttermilk chocolate cake

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Classic cake for any occasion. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup warm water


  • Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour the pans.  I used a Chicago Metallic Multi Tier Cake Pan because we made this for our annual New Year's Eve themed movie marathon for the theme of weddings but you can also use two standard round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the dry ingredients. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla then slowly stream in the warm water until a uniform batter forms.
  • Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer or thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Unmold and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Ice when cool.


If using the Chicago Metallic Multi Tier Cake Pan, fill to the top of the second layer where it meets the third layer (which will become the bottom of the cake) and no higher. I got this tip from an Amazon review and they came out perfectly! The pan comes with zero directions.
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We made this for our New Year’s Eve movie marathon last year when our theme was weddings and I truly felt like I had posted this! Apparently not! It was really good but must have been lost in the shuffle. 

I know this isn’t the best picture but this cake out so good, I had to share the recipe with you, and myself for future reference. I keep bringing it up but it irks me when specialty cake pans give you little info about how much batter to use and don’t have a fill line or suggestions of how to fill the pan. I guessed it would take a standard two-layer cake amount of batter (I was right!) and a helpful person in the Amazon review section shared how far the batter should come up on the pan. It was not a cheap pan (we really have a commitment to the bit when it comes to our New Year’s Eve themes) and a little info would take such little time yet be so helpful. Hire me, Chicago Metallic. I can help. 

This is simply a very chocolatey, very moist yet very low-effort cake. My favorite way to bake!

I had to share this picture of our cakes cooling on our enclosed front porch. Despite the frustrating lack of info on the packaging, the pan really did make perfect miniature wedding cakes. 


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