Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a cake that has been made for birthdays for over 50 years in my family. It is 3 layers of dense chocolate cake with a smooth velvety truffle like filling and whipped cream frosting. Sure to please and impress any chocolate lover!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cake:.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift cocoa into boiling hot water, mix well. Let cool completely. Can put in refrigerator to speed cooling.
  4. Meanwhile, grease and flour or line with parchment paper, three 9x1 1/2" layer cake pans.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar at high speed until well mixed. Add eggs and vanilla and beat at high speed, scraping the sides of the bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  7. At lowest speed on mixer beat in alternately starting and ending with the flour mixture in fourths and cooled cocoa mixture in thirds. Scrape sides of bowl after each addition. Do not overbeat.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertips.
  9. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Gently remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  10. Chocolate Filling:.
  11. In a small bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter until smooth.
  12. Sift in powdered sugar and cocoa, add eggs, and beat until filling is fluffy and smooth.
  13. Refrigerate until needed and until firmer.
  14. Frosting:.
  15. In a medium bowl, combine cream, sifted powdered sugar and vanilla; beat with mixer on high speed until stiff and of spreading consistency.
  16. Refrigerate until needed.
  17. To assemble cake:.
  18. On a cake platter, place one layer of cake, top side up, spread with half of the filling.
  19. Invert second cake layer on top of first layer and filling, spread with remaining filling.
  20. Place the third cake layer top side up over the second layer and filling.
  21. Frost the top and sides of cake with frosting.
  22. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Most Helpful

This recipe came at the most perfect time. I needed a gigantic chocolate fix for a few different girls. This hit right on. I sprinkled a little cocoa on top before I put the shavings on. Very pretty presentation with a delicious dessert inside. Thanks! Made and reviewed for Fall 2007 PAC.

LilPinkieJ October 10, 2007

Simply marvelous! I can see why this has been your family's go-to birthday cake for over five decades, Engrossed! :) I made this for my fiance's birthday, with only two minor changes: 1) I added 1/4 tsp. almond extract to the truffle filling to give it a subtle yet noticeable depth of flavor, and 2) instead of all vanilla extract for the frosting, I used 3/4 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. almond... we just find that a hint of almond does wonderful things to chocolate, but I already have in mind so many other flavors that would be phenomenal in this cake (raspberry? mmmmm...) and will experiment the next time I make it. Everyone *loved* this surprisingly easy cake, even our one guest who normally does not care for whipped cream frosting. The truffle filling was perfect, and really puts this cake over the top. Thank you for a cake that will surely become a tradition in our family, too! EDITED TO ADD: I used regular baking cocoa for the cake, but Hershey's Special Dark cocoa for the filling. The contrast of color and flavor was just right!

Lynne the Pirate Queen February 05, 2009

Excellent cake! It got a mumbled "yummy" from my resident chocoholic. I liked the lightness of the whipped icing. The filling was rich enough for me. I will absolutely make this delight again, Engrossed, thanks for posting a great recipe. Sue

SweetSueAl January 14, 2009