Classic Chocolate Layer Cake

Nuvita Biscuits


  • 1  cup  unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into pieces, plus more for the pans
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 1/2  cups  granulated sugar
  • 3/4  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2  cup  dark brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 1  teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
  • Creamy Chocolate Frosting


  1. Heat oven to 350º F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each with a round of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add to the flour mixture and, using an electric mixer, mix until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cakes to a platter and spread with ¾ cup of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread with the remaining frosting.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Joe T on Feb 5, 2013

    The theater is 3 stories, so I need to find a way to make the cake three layers with out it collapsing under its own weight. I was thinking of using different candy to decorate the inside, but I’m open to ideas!

  2. posted by Mistry on Mar 15, 2013

    When I was a kid, and belonged to the Publix Cookie Club, I remember they used to make the most amazing rainbow cookies. They were round, and swirled with several different colors, mostly pink, green, and blue. They tatsed great, but I have not seen them in years. Does anyone know where I could buy them, or possibly does anyone have the recipe?

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