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Death By Chocolate Recipe

Death by chocolate cake is layers upon layers of chocolate and the ultimate chocolate dessert. The tallest and proudest cake on the block but there’s no need to be intimidated. This cake is easy to pull together and will be the greatest show (heart) stopper.


Cooking spray
4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 1/4 c. Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of kosher salt
1 1/2 c. melted butter
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 c. strong black coffee
2 1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract


3 c. butter, softened
7 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
3/4 c. heavy cream (plus more if necessary)
4 c. semisweet chocolate chips, divided


Preheat oven to 350°. Line three 8” round cake pans with parchment and grease with cooking spray.

Make cake: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, coffee, buttermilk, and vanilla. Gradually whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth.

Divide batter evenly among the cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing from pans.

Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Beat in heavy cream (adding more by the tablespoon until consistency is creamy but can hold peaks).

Frost cake between layers, and then cover the entire cake with frosting. Using your hands, cover the entire cake with 3 cups chocolate chips, using more if needed.
In the microwave, melt remaining 1 cup chocolate chips, then drizzle melted chocolate over cake and serve.

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