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Perfect Chocolate Layer Cake

December 5, 2013

Choclate Layer Cake Slice

I love chocolate. I’m a girl, ok? Chocolate denotes love.….and this cake fills the bill. I don’t know if this is true where you live, but lots of great cooks around South Georgia make a 12 -20 layer chocolate cake with layers as thin as paper and loads of thin icing covering each layer.  I don’t know if it’s a Southern thing or not.  I only know you cannot go to a covered dish dinner without there being one of these delicacies somewhere on the dessert table and maybe 2 or 3 of them!!!

And then there are days like today, when all I want is a dessert and I want chocolate! I love my cake layers just as much as the icing, if not more..… so, I prefer to make five layers with lots of really good chocolate icing.  Not with icing so sweet it curls your teeth, but wonderfully chocolate icing. Perfect.  Want the recipe??? I thought so…here you go.

Happy  Cooking!

The cake is easy as pie…or easy as cake.   Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Add flour alternately with milk and add vanilla last. Pour into 5 greased and floured 9″ cake pans. Bake in a preheated 325* oven for 8 minutes or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides. It may not be browned on top. That’s fine.    See how easy that was????

Now to the icing….even easier!

chocolate cooking icing

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted. ( I melted my chocolate, by itself,  in the microwave on high for about 1 and a half minutes~  then add to butter.)  Add chocolate and sugar, stir until dissolved. Add milk and cook over medium heat for  7-9 minutes,until smooth.

chocolate icing cooking

chocolate icing done

Stir occasionally with wooden spoon, scraping bottom.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Beat on high for about 2 minutes until thickened. Spread on cooled cake.

Did you see how easy that was?  In two paragraphs you baked and iced a cake!

When your husband gets home, make sure this is sitting front and center for him to see.

chocolate cake plate

Light and delicate layers with a rich, not too sweet, chocolate icing… perfection.

chocolate cake slice side


chocolate cake close

Choclate Layer Cake Slice

There you have it… Chocolate Layer Cake.  Delicious!

Five Layer Chocolate Cake


  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Icing:
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk..I used half n half
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325*
  2. Grease and flour 5 9" cake pans
  3. Cake:
  4. Cream sugar and butter till fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each one.
  6. Sift flour and baking powder together
  7. Add flour alternately with milk to creamed mixture and mix well.
  8. Pour into 5 greased and floured 9" baking pans.
  9. Bake 325* preheated oven for 8 minutes. It may not be browned but it should be pulling away from the sides. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn out onto waxed paper and allow to cool.
  10. Icing:
  11. Melt chocolate in microwave OR in pan with butter.
  12. Add butter to a medium sized pan and melt. Add chocolate and sugar and cook until dissolved. Add milk and cook over medium heat for 7-9 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
  13. Beat with hand mixer for 2 minutes until thick. Spread thin layer between COOLED cake layers and on sides of cake.
  14. If icing gets too thick to spread on thinly, warm it barely on top of stove so it will thin out some.
  15. This recipe CAKE and ICING can be doubled if you'd like a 10 layer cake…
  16. Happy Cooking!

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  • Michelle DeBerge

    That looks like the best chocolate cake! I love that it looks so glamorous but does not seem too hard to make.
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    December 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply
    • admin

      Michelle ~ glamorous, thanks! And very easy!!!

      December 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    Oh my!! That looks yummy!!!
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    December 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank You, Wendy, It is quite yummy

      December 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm Reply
  • Tandy Elisala

    This makes me want to go to the kitchen and start baking! This looks delicious. Thanks for generously sharing your recipe.
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    December 6, 2013 at 2:15 am Reply
    • admin

      I don’t know why I don’t bake this more often. I always think there is so much involved, then I wrote it all down and there’s nothing to it….So glad I posted this myself! It opened my eyes…… now, Get thee to the kitchen! Thanks!!!

      December 6, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

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