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Simple Chocolate Layer Cake

This Simple Chocolate Layer Cake is just what you’re looking for when you’re craving chocolate! This is a rich and moist plain chocolate layer cake that is covered in a rich chocolate buttercream. Chocolate lovers, this is for you!

If you love chocolate cake, also check out my Chocolate Almond Zucchini Cake, Chocolate Oreo Cake for Two, and my Chocolate Pound Cake which are also among my favorite!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Classic Flavor: This plain chocolate layer cake is made with oil instead of butter. That makes this cake extra moist and chocolatey, but it also makes it an easy one bowl cake recipe! You can make this in your stand mixer, like I do, or you can use a bowl and whisk or even your hand mixer! This plain Chocolate Layer Cake is incredibly easy to make which is just one of the reasons I love it!

Super Chocolatey: Chocolate is my favorite kind of dessert, it’s rare that a day goes by and I don’t have something with chocolate. So, when I want a plain chocolate layer cake, then this Simple Chocolate Layer Cake is perfect! It’s rich, moist, and perfectly chocolatey making this Simple Chocolate Layer Cake perfect for any birthday or holiday celebration!

One Bowl: Because this is an oil based cake, it's super easy to make it in one bowl and just whisk together all the ingredients. If you want to use your stand mixer (like me) you can do that too! I love easy one bowl cake recipes as they come together quickly and easily! Plus, they always have a perfect crumb because you never have to worry about butter chunks.

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Ingredients for this Simple Chocolate Layer Cake

La Tourangelle Organic Canola Oil

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

Organic Valley French Vanilla Creamer

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Guisto's Organic Pastry Flour

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Wholesome Sweeteners Powdered Sugar

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Kana Sustainable 8-Inch Cake Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, they are my favorite sustainable cake pans!)

Parchment Paper (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, my favorite non toxic parchment paper!)

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How to Make My Plain Chocolate Layer Cake

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the canola oil, milk, heavy whipping cream, coffee creamer, cane sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined into a smooth batter.

Divide batter evenly into each cake pan, weighing about 910 grams each. Spread evenly.

Step 3

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in the cake pans. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Step 4

To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Mix on low until combined, then speed mixer up to high and mix for 2 to 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. 

Step 5

Crumb coat the cake, and then frost it with the finishing spiral technique (or just finish it however you like!).

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FAQ's

Can I use another kind of oil?

Yes! I chose canola oil for this cake because it’s the most neutral tasting oil, so the chocolate flavor really shines through. But I have also made this cake with avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil, and they are both delicious as well!

Can I add toppings to this cake?

Absolutely! If you want to add chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate shavings those would all be amazing additions to this plain chocolate layer cake. If you don't want a plain chocolate layer cake, you could also add nuts around the sides – walnuts, almonds, peanuts, they would all be so good!

Do I need a stand mixer for this cake?

No! While I always use my stand mixer, simply because it’s hands free and easy, you do not need it to make this classic chocolate layer cake recipe! You can use a hand mixer or a bowl with a whisk to make the cake batter. Because this is an oil based cake, it is incredibly easy to make without a mixer and get it perfect! For the frosting, you do need some sort of mixer to make it light and fluffy. So, if you don’t have a stand mixer then you need to have a hand mixer to make it.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes! If you need to bake this cake ahead of time, I suggest doing it one of two ways. The first is you can bake the cake layers the night before and place them in the freezer until the following day and then you can put the cake together that day. Or, if you’d like to bake and frost the whole cake the day before, that’s okay too. Just be sure to store it in the fridge overnight and remove it from the fridge at least an hour before serving.

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Simple Chocolate Layer Cake

Mimi Council
This plain chocolate layer cake is all you need for any birthday or celebration! This simple, classic chocolate layer cake is moist, rich, and fudgy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 12 servings
Calories 923 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Frosting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the canola oil, milk, heavy whipping cream, coffee creamer, cane sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined into a smooth batter.
  • Divide batter evenly into each cake pan, weighing about 910 grams each. Spread evenly.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in the cake pans.
  • To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Mix on low until combined, then speed mixer up to high and mix for 2 to 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  • Crumb coat the cake, and then frost it with the finishing spiral technique (or just finish it however you like!).
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 923kcalCarbohydrates: 116gProtein: 12gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 584mgPotassium: 502mgFiber: 11gSugar: 77gVitamin A: 1051IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 4mg
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