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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Velvet Cake Recipe

Chocolate Velvet Cake with Chocolate Heritage Frosting gives a nod to the traditional Southern velvet cakes we all know and love while giving them a bit of an update. Full of rich, delicious chocolate flavor with that unmistakable velvet cake texture.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate velvet cake, chocolate velvet cake recipe, traditional chocolate velvet cake
Servings: 12
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350o F. Prepare three 8-inch cake pans with butter and flour, taking care to remove any excess flour.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add eggs one at a time, completely incorporating after each addition.
  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder in a separate medium bowl, set aside.
  • Pour buttermilk and vanilla into a measuring cup, set aside.
  • Alternately, mix flour mixture and buttermilk mixture into butter mixture, beginning
  • and ending with flour. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Reduced speed of mixer and stir in baking soda, making sure incorporated into batter. Then, stir in the vinegar, taking care not to overmix.
  • Distribute cake batter evenly into the three cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until cakes have gently pulled away from the edges of the cake pans and a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto cooling racks until cakes are completely cooled before frosting cake.