Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

From taste of home.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa and hot water until smooth; cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and cocoa mixture. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour into three greased and waxed paper lined 9 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in cooled mixture.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake.
  5. For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa until smooth. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. With an electric mixer, beat in confectioners' sugar until blended. Cool for 15-20 minutes; spread over top of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is quite possibly the best cake I've ever made. I'm so sorry the picture is not prettier, I am not a baker, normally. This cake is one I will perfect to make look as gorgeous as it tastes, if that is possible. The filling makes this cake, don't skip it!

5 5

This was such a wonderful chocolate cake! I don't have any 9 inch baking pans so I used 2 bigger ones but I'd have loved to have 3 layers (the taller the better!!:-)!). I also cut down on the sugar, especially for the glaze but otherwise I followed the recipe. Definitely a keeper!

5 5

I found this recipe in the 9/2007 issue of Taste of Home and couldn't wait to try it. It sat on my counter for weeks until I finally found the time to make it! I really enjoyed this is worth all the waiting time and the steps. I was impatient when doing the filling and apparently didn't wait long enough for the sugar mixture to cool before mixing it with the butter because I ended up with a pudding like glaze. Still, even with that, it was a delicious, rich cake.