This Chocolate Layer Cake recipe is a result of a request from my husband. For his birthday, he wanted me to replicate a cake he had tasted at a local bakery called the Spotted Cow. I had not experienced the cake with him so I went on the bakery’s website and found the Spotted Cow was a Chocolate Cake recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting. This is a combination I have not tried before so I was definitely intrigued by the challenge.
Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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After inquiring on Facebook, one of my readers sent me her Grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe. I felt so honored to be given a recipe that was passed down and tweaked it only slightly. The result was this delicious chocolate layer cake that was not only perfect for his birthday, but will remain in my recipe box for years to come.
I rarely bake chocolate layer cake recipes, but this was the cake my husband had tasted so I would also be tweaking this chocolate cake recipe for three layers to give him just what he wanted for his birthday. I only had 2 cake pans, but you can improvise like I do and bake in batches if you need to. I love these Wilton cake pans for being easy to clean and their affordability.
When making cakes I prefer to grease the pans and then put a parchment paper liner down to guarantee the cake recipe will come out of the pan. Some prefer to use non-stick spray, while others may like the grease and flour method. Use whichever method you prefer and know works well with your cake pans. Just make sure you can easily remove the cake from the pan without cracking. As you can see, I didn’t do a very good job removing my first pan. I was a bit too impatient for it to cool off.
The layers for this chocolate layer cake took only 12 minutes in a 9 inch pan and that might have been a bit too much. It will depend on how your oven cooks, but if dividing the batter into 3 pans, I would recommend checking a the 8-10 minute mark then again ever 2-3 minutes until you see they are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Once they started to cool, I dug into the Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. I really have only used Cream Cheese frosting for Carrot Cake and Red Velvet Cakes and knew I needed a recipe that made a lot since I would be covering a 3 layer cake.
The hardest part of Cream Cheese Frosting for this chocolate layer cake, is remembering to take out the ingredients to reach room temperature but you can always heat them slightly in the microwave. It is also important to sift the powdered sugar so you don’t get lumps. A flour sifter can make this a much easier task, and keep the mess to a minimum.
Check out all this cream cheese frosting decadence and it is such an easy frosting recipe, no cooking required, just up my alley!
I wasn’t sure how much frosting to put in the middle as I was nervous I would not have enough to cover the chocolate layer cake, so I used just a small amount between layers. You could easily increase this and use a crumble of cookie crumbs, or the chocolate sprinkles I used on the outside like I did on the top, or even make a larger batch of the icing.
I am not a talented cake decorator and fortunately my husband only wanted chocolate sprinkles on top. DONE!
Now for a slice. I think it was plenty of frosting in between the layers, but you may want more. Again, you can adjust and double the icing recipe if you prefer, or use it like I did with just a bit to hold the layers together.
This chocolate layer cake did not last long in our house! It was a great dessert, but I confess, it was equally as yummy for breakfast the next day!
This chocolate layer cake recipe is a great choice for any event. Birthday, anniversary, or even just because. The cream cheese icing makes it unique and really compliments the chocolate well!
Other great cake recipes:
- Chocolate Strawberry Cake Recipe
- Streusal Filled Coffee Cake Recipe
- Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes
- Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe