Black Magic Chocolate Cake

10 Feb

Sometimes you’re just powerless against it.

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing is my all time favorite cake. I remember as a kid I always asked for chocolate cake for my birthday – and I’m still a sucker for it to this day.

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Heavy and Rich Cream Cheese Frosting

Heavy and Rich Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t get me wrong – I love pretty much all kinds of cake, but this one gets the blue ribbon in my book. Now, I know there’s different kinds of chocolate cake – Devil’s Food, Coca Cola chocolate cake, German chocolate . . . and they’re all just as good as they can be. But this ‘Black Magic’ version – I’m not sure if it’s the buttermilk, or the coffee – but it has a certain dark, rich flavor that totally has me under it’s spell!

Almost Paradise - Icing the First Layer

Almost Paradise – Icing the First Layer

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

I adapted this recipe from one I found on I love this so much, I’ll definitely be making it again. Although I might try a different frosting – this recipe calls for a chocolate cream cheese frosting, which I think is great, but it’s very heavy and I almost think a lighter style of frosting might do this dark and lovely cake more justice.

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Also, because of the ingredients in the frosting, it’s best to keep it refrigerated – and I’m pretty sure you don’t have to refrigerate other types of frosting. You can try and decide for yourself – either way it’s still amazing. Enjoy!

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Grazing in The City - Chocolate Cake

Ingredients – Cake

  • 1-¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup strong, hot coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Ingredients – Frosting

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Add the remaining ingredients and combine well. Pour into three 8″ pans or two 9″ prepared pans. Bake 30 – 35 mins, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for ten minutes and remove cakes from pans. Cool completely.

For the frosting, cream butter and cream cheese together. Then with the mixer on low speed, slowly add cocoa and powdered sugar, then the vanilla. Increase mixer speed and mix til well blended. If frosting is too thick, add 1 tbsp milk. Spread frosting on the completely cooled cake.


7 Responses to “Black Magic Chocolate Cake”

  1. Karista February 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Wow! This is a cake. I don’t think anything can beat a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I think I may have to make cake this week. 🙂

    • billpeeler February 12, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks – totally agree, nothing beats it!

  2. Eva Taylor February 11, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    That does look like an incredible chocolate cake, I love the cream cheese in the icing — just adds a bit of tartness to the chocolate. Love the pedestal plate, very nice.

  3. egg me on February 11, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I can usually take or leave cake – I’m normally good for 1 piece a year. I’d be very luck if that one piece was a piece of this cake. Looks awesome, man! Great cake stand and milk glass too.

  4. sugaredpecan February 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    This sounds delicious, I bet the coffee just makes it! I always like the city in the background of your pictures.

    • billpeeler February 12, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you so much! I have big windows in my living room, so I try to take advantage of all the light and background 🙂

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