Kittencal's Chocolate Fantasy Layer Cake

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"A Chocolate lover’s fantasy! to take this cake to yet another level substitute 3 tablespoons Kahlua in place of the vanilla, make certain to have your butter, buttermilk and eggs all at room temperature and beat for stated times, both are important steps for the perfect texture, using a good quality baking cocoa will only add to the flavor of this cake!"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (118.8 g)
  • Calories 368
  • Total Fat - 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 96.1 mg
  • Sodium - 493.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 47 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.9 g
  • Sugars - 26.9 g
  • Protein - 6.5 g
  • Calcium - 60.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Set oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease the sides of two 9-inch round cake pans (preferably bakers-quality pans) then line the bottoms of both pans with parchment paper.

Step 3

In a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed cream butter with brown sugar and coffee granules until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes no less than 5 minutes, this is the key to perfect cakes!).

Step 4

Add in eggs one at a time beat well after each addition, after the addition of all the eggs continue beating for about 3 minutes.

Step 5

Beat in vanilla until combined

Step 6

In a bowl sift the flour with cocoa, baking soda and salt; reduce the speed to low and add in the flour mixture alternating with the room temperature buttermilk in 3 additions scraping down the sides of the bowl on each addition.

Step 7

Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pan.

Step 8

Set oven rack to the second-lowest position, then preheat oven to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes (allowing the cakes to sit in the pans for that time).

Step 9

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cakes test done.

Step 10

Cool and frost as desired.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


Amazing cake!!! I used the Kahlua, and have to say, it really did send it over the top for us!


review by:
(26 Oct 2020)


Great cake, loved the flavor and texture. So very yummy. Coffee and chocolate a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe my friend.


review by:
(14 Oct 2020)

Wayne Peters

We loved this cake. Moist, sweet and packed with flavor. Delicious!!!


review by:
(13 Feb 2018)


Loved that this wasn't overly sweet. Nice texture, very moist and luscious. I did sub a little of the cocoa for some black onyx cocoa but that this cake is a good staple cake as is for those who love to bake from scratch! You can always count on Kittencal's recipes to be winners.


review by:
(7 Oct 2013)


This seriously almost didn't get to be cakes...the batter was so darn good I almost just sat down with the bowl and a spoon! But, I promised a friend a birthday cake, so I overcame the temptation. I also took Kitten's suggestion and substituted 3 tablespoons Kahlua for the vanilla. It was to DIE for!!! My friend wanted a chocolate cherry cake, so I used tart Michigan cherry preserves between the layers, cherry frosting, drizzled Hershey's special dark syrup over it, and decorated with chocolate-covered cherries. There wasn't a crumb left.


review by:
(27 Dec 2011)

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