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Moist Chocolate Layer Cake


"I make a moist chocolate cake for my birthday. I didn't buy a birthday cake, I make of my own. I make a three-layer cake of this moist chocolate cake, all my friends they like it all. Everyone eats this cake. Next time I make for my husband's birthday cake."
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55 m servings 460 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9x13-inch cake)


  • Calories:
  • 460 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.1g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 477 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; dust pan with 2 teaspoons cocoa powder or as needed.
  2. Whisk cake flour, 3/4 cup cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix sugar and canola oil in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat eggs into sugar and oil, one at a time, blending in the first egg before adding the second. Gradually beat milk, coffee, and vanilla extract into sugar mixture until smooth.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat flour mixture into wet ingredients. Stir sour cream into batter. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs, about 40 minutes.

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This was so incredibly moist and delicious! Followed this recipe exactly, no changes made. I made a 3 layer cake with 9 in round cake pans. This will be my new go to chocolate cake recipe.

This is a great cake but needs just a bit more information for me. The batter is very much more soupy than most cake battters and there is a lot of it. You must cook in three 9" layer pans and...

This cake is amazing!!! No changes were made. I have never had cake this moist. No frosting is needed, it's that good! I was a bit nervous as the batter seemed very runny but all came out well...

This chocolate cake is perfection!! Be sure to grease/powder your pans really well if you're making a layer cake - I skimped a little on this step and the layers got a little stuck. This recipe ...

Best chocolate cake ever!!! Very moist!!! Batter is thin. Do not be concerned. It will turn out. I did not understand how it's a layer cake calling for a pan in the directions though. But ei...

Best chocolate cake recipe I have made! SUPER Moist, even though I substituted no fat greek yogurt for sour cream, and I used 1 cup of splenda and 1 cup of brown sugar rather than 2 cups of suga...

I made this exactly as written. Like others have said, the batter is very thin but it turned out great. I greased my pans very well and sprinkled with cocoa powder as the recipe called for and h...

This cake was truly amazing! Moist, easy to make and my family was SO happy consuming it.. Had to cook it about 50 minutes (versus 40) but was perfect! Thank you for sharing this!

This chocolate cake was extremely moist. I was skeptical about using coffee because I didn't want a strong coffee flavor on my cake, but I did not taste the coffee at all, which was perfect. I u...