Babs Chocolate Birthday Cake With Buttercream Icing

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

This moist dark chocolate cake has been around forever. At our house the "Birthday Person" gets to request the meal and dessert of their choice. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've made this cake and each time it received rave reviews!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For cake: Put oven on to 350°F Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together first five (dry) ingredients. Make well in bowl for wet ingredients.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, mix together oil, milk and eggs. Pour into the well in dry ingredients.
  4. As you begin to beat the batter, add the cup of hot coffee. Beat until well mixed then for two minutes on high.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick placed in center comes out dry.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and continue to cool on racks until completely cooled. Finish by icing with Buttercream that follows:.
  7. For Icing: Cream butter and shortening with mixer. Add vanilla extract.
  8. Gradually add confectioners' sugar while continually beating with mixer. Icing will seem dry.
  9. Add milk continually, mixing and scraping sides of bowl, until icing appears light and right consistency for icing cake.
  10. Cover until you are ready to icing. May be stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks if not used completely.
  11. Makes about 3 cups.


Most Helpful

Great cake - didn't have coffee though. Icing terrific too! Thanks for posting almost exactly 5 years to the day!

MoAllen March 18, 2011

I made this cake for my sons first birthday and it was awesome!!!! I had that many comments on how moist and delicious it was. It stayed moist for days as I had made one huge spaceship!

alicia-aaron March 13, 2007

2nd try, my family loved it! I personally thought it was a tad on the bitter side, but the icing did help to balance that out (very sweet). Decent recipe and fun to make!

lyssalynne February 08, 2007

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