Homemade Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

This is an easy homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting that you can make.  This homemade cake was made along side my, Birthday Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies.  You and your family will enjoy both of these recipes for any special event.

This recipe uses less oil and adds apple sauce to add moisture to the cake.  Chocolate milk was used to help add some chocolate flavor.  I used pastry flour for a lighter texture and crumb.  This cake bakes up in a 13 x 9 inch pan.  After the cake baked, I cut out mini cakes with a biscuit cutter.  How cute is this mini cake?

Mini cakes would be great for your kids!  They can have their own cake!  A mini cake would be the perfect size for a “cake smash” session.  Those “cake smash” sessions are always fun to have!  They make great memories and pictures.  Our son, Landon, had a “cake smash” when he was 4 years old.  We have the pictures on our wall and he’ll comment about them.  It was a lot of fun for him.  Our friend at Katie B. Photography, was able to capture Landon’s “cake smash”.

I just had an idea!  Set up a cake decorating station for the kids.  If the kids are old enough, they can decorate their own cake at their next party!  They would have so much fun!

This homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting is perfect to celebrate your special day!  I couldn’t get enough of this cake.  I would love to take another bite! 

If you love chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream frosting, don’t wait to make this cake.  Eyes will light up and smiles will be made, get in the kitchen and make this cake.  


Homemade Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream
Chocolate cake + Chocolate buttercream = Delicious! Makes a 13x9 inch pan.
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  1. 2 Tablespoons salted butter - Melted
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 1/4 cup apple sauce
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
  6. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  11. 2 cups pastry flour - sifted
Chocolate Buttercream
  1. 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks) - softened
  2. 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  3. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips - melted
  4. 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, oil and apple sauce. Add the sugar, mix well. Add the eggs and chocolate milk, mix until combined.
  3. Now add the remaining ingredients. The salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and flour. Gently mix together until combined and no more flour remains in batter.
  4. Pour batter into greased/floured pan and gently tap on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the softened butter, corn syrup and melted chocolate chips. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, until combined and creamy. Frost the cooled cake.
  1. If you want the buttercream to be thinner, add a splash of milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
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5 comments on “Homemade Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

    1. Vanessa

      Cake is always fun! Thanks for visiting Christina!

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  2. Celli

    This cake looks like the kids would have a ball decorating!

    1. Vanessa

      I think so too! Plus, it tastes really good.