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The Best Chocolate Cake

This is my family’s all-time favorite cake. They call it “The Good Chocolate Cake.” I call it the Best chocolate cake ever.

The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

In our home, our children always pick what goody they want for their birthday. Sometimes it’s a birthday cake, sometimes it’s a birthday pumpkin pie. Yes, you read that right. But looking back over the years, this goody was picked more than any other – and it was always called the same thing. “The Good Chocolate Cake.” Of course, you don’t need to wait for a birthday to make this…I certainly don’t!

This kid in the photo here on his birthday…is now 6 feet tall. Excuse me, while I go cry for a minute.


Okay, I’m better now.

How to Make Really Good Chocolate Cake

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a bundt cake pan and set it aside.


In a bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 1/3 c baking cocoa, a teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Whisk them together and set aside.


In you mixing bowl, beat together 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup (2 sticks) of room temperature butter. Beat them until fluffy, and then beat in 3 room temperature eggs, 1 at a time until each is mixed in.


Now you’ll mix in your dry ingredients in portions as you mix in some additional liquids. First, mix in 1/3 of your flour mixture until just combined.


Then mix in 1 cup of buttermilk – I forgot the picture of this – and once it is mixed in, add in the next 1/3 of the flour mixture, again mixing until just combined.


Next pour in 1 cup of strong, warm (not hot) coffee and 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.


And finish off with the last of the flour mixture. Be sure to scrap the bowl with a rubber spatula, making certain everything is mixed in.


Pour the cake batter into your cake pan and bake this for 45 minutes, or until the cake tests done in the center with a toothpick.


Cool the cake in your pan for 5 minutes, and then take a very thin butter knife and gently slide it down the sides of the pan all the way around the outside and center of the cake.


Invert the cake onto a cooling rack. If the cake doesn’t come out immediately, let it cool inverted a couple more minutes, and give it a gentle shake. It normally comes right out that way…but I always mutter a little “Please let the cake come out” prayer. Allow the cake to cool completely, and frost.


This is our favorite chocolate frosting…

In a mixing bowl, beat a stick of room temperature butter and 2 ounces of cream cheese –also room temp- together until fluffy.


Sift in 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup baking cocoa.


Add in a teaspoon of vanilla.


Beat those until smooth and then add some cold milk until it is the nice, smooth consistency you like – about 1/4 cup of milk does the trick.


Spread frosting all over the cake.


Then for the final touch. Grate or shred some dark chocolate all over the top, like chocolate snow.


The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Then stand in your kitchen and unashamedly lick the frosting bowl clean.

The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread


The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The best Chocolate Cake ever - get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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The Good Chocolate Cake

The Good Chocolate Cake

For years, this chocolate cake has consistently been the absolute favorite for our family. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the Cake

  • 3 c flour
  • 1/3 c baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 c) butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1 c strong coffee, warm - not hot
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 stick (1/2 c) butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c baking cocoa
  • 2 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c milk (as needed)
  • Dark chocolate for grating


  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a bundt cake pan, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking cocoa and baking soda. Whisk it together and set it aside.
  3. In your mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until they are smooth fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, completely mixing in one before adding the next.
  4. Mix in 1/3 of your flour mixture. Mix in the buttermilk.
  5. Mix in the next 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by coffee and vanilla.
  6. Mix in the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture, making sure to scrape the bowl with a spatula to get it all mixed. When it is all combined, pour the cake batter into your prepared cake pan. Spread the batter smooth.
  7. Bake this for 45 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick. Cool it 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully side a thin butter knife around the edges. Invert the pan onto a cooling rack. If the cake doesn't come out immediately, let it cool 5 more minutes while inverted on the rack - then give it a gentle shake. It normally comes right out when I do this. Cool completely.
  8. For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Sift in the powdered sugar and cocoa. Mix these together and mix in the vanilla. Add in the milk as needed to make a nice, smooth consistency. Spread it all over the cake.
  9. To finish, grate a little dark chocolate over the top.
  10. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 480mg Carbohydrates: 85g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 58g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
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32 thoughts on “The Best Chocolate Cake”

  1. This cake sounds truly delicious! I was just about to make it when I noticed an inconsistency with the ingredients. In the recipe you have written that the cake requires 1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter. However, in the step by step instructions instructions above you say to cream the sugar with 2 sticks of butter. I'm also making this for my boy's birthday and I really don't want to mess it up! Thanks!

    • Hi there! Thank you for bringing that to my attention! I am currently on the road and cannot edit it, but the step-by-step is correct. The printable version has the error. It should be 2 sticks (1cup) for the cake :)

  2. I loved this movie. It is indeed an indulgence. Bundt cakes are definitely my weakness…they're just so quick and easy to throw together and they look lovely without a lot of fuss. I'll be saving this one for a special occasion!

  3. Are you sure you don't want to retitle the divine dessert as the "Great Chocolate Cake?" The repeat request for a sweet speaks volumes. And just looking at your photos makes me hungry…Well, for now, at least I can grab the recipe you've shared and enjoy a bite (okay, many bites) later =)

  4. Ok…I literally had to close my mouth when I saw the picture of your chocolate cake. Oh my sweet Lord that looks amazing!

  5. Everything about this cake is right up my alley! I am a chocolate lover, I admit it. lol I can not wait to try your frosting recipe. Yum!

  6. LOL! Fun post… and loved 21 Jump Street too!!! This cake looks incredible… I'm thinking it will go over VERY well in my family too ;-)

  7. Oh, my. Fantastic cake! I must try this!!!
    My recent post Croque-Monsieur..#SundaySupper, #MovieInspiredRecipes

  8. ok don't shout at me but I haven't seen the movie. I know I know something must be wrong with me because if there is chocolate in it and Jonny then of course I should have known it. Can I still have a slice of your gorgeous chocolate cake now? please! =D

  9. Your cake is gorgeous, and the like your idea of a Girls' movie night with your cake.Chocolat is one of my favorite movies. If you didn't bring chocolate with you to the movie, you had to find some ASAP after the movie .I would have run home and make your Chocolate cake:) Love Johnny Depp, too.

  10. If only I could conjure up a fat slice of this cake and a side of Johnny Depp, I would be set for life. ;) It looks amazing!
    My recent post Beet Chips …inspired by Food Matters {#SundaySupper Movie-inspired Recipes}

  11. I have never seen Chocolat – I'll have to get on that. I always get super nervous when inverting a bundt cake too. I have had one stick and it was so upsetting to have to go bake it again. Flour and butter in the pan is my secret now.

  12. Gorgeous and so easy Conni! The kind to make all the time, you´re right. Chocolat is one mandatory movie, and one of the best ever.


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