Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake Recipe -
Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake Recipe

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake

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"Buttermilk is beloved in recipes for its ability to make rich, moist cakes. This chocolate buttermilk layer cake uses a variety of your favorite chopped candy bars sprinkled between each layer and as a coating for a sweet, crunchy surprise. This will quickly become a family favorite."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms of three 8- or 9-inch-round cake pans; line with a parchment or wax paper circle. Grease parchment, then coat lightly with small amount of cocoa, tapping out excess.
  2. Sift flour, cup cocoa, baking soda and salt together into a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, coffee and vanilla extract in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula; beat again. Alternately add flour mixture in three additions with the buttermilk mixture in two additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat again. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Invert each layer onto wire rack; remove parchment paper, then invert right-side-up. Cool completely.
  5. To assemble: Level (trim tops off) the cakes if desired using a serrated knife. Place a dollop of frosting in the center of a cake pedestal or serving platter so the cake won't slip. Tear four strips of parchment paper and place in a square around the outer 3 inches of pedestal (this will help prevent getting the frosting on the pedestal). Place one cake layer over dollop of frosting. Spread about 1 cup frosting over top; sprinkle top evenly with about 1/4 cup chopped Crunch bar. Top with another cake layer; spread with about 1 cup frosting. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Crunch bar. Top with third cake layer. Cover the top and sides with a thin layer of frosting (this is the "crumb coat"; it doesn't have to be perfect). Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then cover with the remaining frosting. With hands, press chopped Butterfinger around sides of cake. After the frosting has set, gently remove strips of parchment paper. Cut cake into slices for serving.
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Jul 26, 2014

Hubs gushed over this. "One of those recipes I tell you I love that I'll never see again." (I rarely make the same thing twice) This is moist and chocolatey, just what you want in a chocolate cake. I preferred it without the Butterfingers frankly, as it was a little sweet, but Hubs said without them this is just plain chocolate cake. (What's wrong with THAT?) A homemade frosting in my view,Creamy Chocolate Frosting, also from this site, made all the difference in the world. To have used the canned frosting directed in the recipe would have been a real deal breaker.

Nov 22, 2013

This cake recipe taste almost like devil's food cake. It was chocolatey but not too much chocolate. It was very moist. I used this recipe for my mother-in-law's birthday cake, and she loved it. I was using this cake recipe for a decorating project, so I did not use any of the candy on the cake. Other than the omission of candy, I followed the recipe without changed. I didn't have buttermilk on hand, so I put in a Tablespoon and a teaspoon of vinegar to regular milk. I will definitely make this again.


6 Ratings

Sep 26, 2014

This is absolutely the best cake I have ever eaten! Husband is not fond of chocolate cake, but he ate two pieces saying it was the most amazing cake ever! I did not add the candy bar layers, used only the cake recipe and then frosted it with Best Chocolate Frosting recipe. Loved it.

Jun 21, 2015

Easy to make, very rich and a little crumbly in terms of the texture. My chocolate loving husband loved it.


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  • Calories
  • 805 kcal
  • 40%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 108.1 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 38.5 g
  • 59%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 701 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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