Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is a great old-fashioned chocolate fudge cake--the cake to turn to for "Chocolate Cake Occasions." This cake is moist, with a fine grain and excellent flavor. Since both kids and adults love this cake, it's great for family gatherings or birthday parties. You could even go as far as to making a double chocolate cake by adding 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate bits tossed with 1 Tbsp. sifted flour mixture, and add to batter after adding melted chocolate. Great any way you prepare it! (From The Perfect Cake by Susan Purdy)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325* (F).
  2. Spread solid shortening on bottom and sides of two 9-inch layer pans, or one 9x13x1 1/2 inch sheet pan.
  3. Dust evenly with unsweetened cocoa or flour; tap out excess.
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Melt chocolate in top pan of double boiler.
  7. Remove chocolate from heat after completely melted, and set aside to cool until comfortable to touch.
  8. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  9. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  10. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  11. Add vanilla and cooled chocolate.
  12. Pour mixture into prepared pan (s).
  13. Bake in lower third of oven for 40-50 minutes for sheet cake, or 35-45 minutes for layer pans, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  14. Leave cake in layer pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  15. Cool sheet cake completely in pan.
  16. Split cake layers with serrated knife-- fill and frost the layers with chocolate buttercream icing or flavored whipped cream.
Most Helpful

This cake was easy and really yummy! I do a lot of "high end" baking normally. Genoise, etc. But this time I needed a quick cake and this fits the bill. Wonderfully moist and flavorful.

Lisa Gillogly March 21, 2003

I'm typically not a fan of the texture of buttermilk cakes. But I had buttermilk that I needed to use up and I needed to make a cake for my in laws anniversary. The other thing that made me a little hesitant was the nutmeg. A lot of recipes add cinnamon to their chocolate cake and I don't care for it. This cake however, had good texture and great flavor! The only thing I would suggest is to check your cake. Mine was finished with more than five minutes left on the timer. I topped this with a chocolate fudge buttercream frosting. Yum!

whtbxrmom July 16, 2014

My DH is a chocoholic so this recipe sounded right up his alley. While it was very easy to make, and it was moist and tasted ok, I didn't think it had much chocolate flavor. If I make again I will add more melted chocolate and see if that helps. Thanks for posting this Elaine.

Debi H June 04, 2006