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Chocolate Layer Cake with Buttercream Frosting recipe

This is the classic homemade chocolatelayer cake, filled and frosted with a luscious chocolate buttercreamfrosting, that your mom and/or grandma made…or should have!

Recipe: Chocolate Layer Cakewith Buttercream Frosting

Cake:1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 cup boiling water2/3 cup vegetable shortening1 3/4 cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups buttermilk*
Buttercream Frosting:6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Greaseand flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • Stir together cocoa and water in smallbowl until smooth; set aside.
  • In medium bowl, combine flour, bakingsoda and salt; set aside.
  • In large bowl, beat shortening, sugarand vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs; beat well.
  • Add flour mixture to shortening mixturealternately with buttermilk, beating until well mixed. Add cocoamixture and beat well.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until woodenpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; removefrom pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • For Buttercream Frosting: In a small bowlbeat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla with milk; beatto spreading consistency, adding more milk if needed.

    Makes 8 to 10 servings.

    *Or place 4 teaspoons white vinegar ina measuring cup and add milk to equal 1 1/3 cup. Allow to setfor 2 to 3 minutes before using.

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    Thankfully, this chocolate buttercream frosting recipe comes together quickly and makes plenty of buttercream frosting to frost a three layer cake or three dozen cupcakes beautifully.

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