Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 35 mins

This absolutely gorgeous cake was featured in Texas Co-op Magazine and comes from the Texas Hill Country's favorite Bakery--Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe. It gives very detailed instructions, dont let the long list stop you from trying this cake--it is so worth the effort--just gorgeous!Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the cake: For a three-layer cake, place one baking rack one-third from the bottom of the oven and the second two-thirds from the bottom.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  3. Line the bottom of three 9-inch or two 10-inch pans with parchment paper rounds, grease with butter, and dust with flour (Or spray with Baker's Joy).
  4. Combine the butter, water and canola oil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, cocoa and flour.
  6. Pour the butter mixture into the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.
  7. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, then whisk in the buttermilk.
  8. Whisk in the baking soda, salt and vanilla all at once.
  9. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans.
  10. For a three-layer cake, stagger the cake layers on the oven racks so that no layer is directly over another.
  11. Set two layers on one rack and the third on the other.
  12. For a 2-layer cake, stagger the layers on the middle rack with one placed more toward the front of the oven and one toward the back.
  13. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  14. Monitor the layers carefully for doneness; each one may be done at different times.
  15. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on racks for about 15 minutes before inverting onto baking racks.
  16. Cool the cakes completely, at least two hours, before frosting.
  17. To Make Frosting: Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cream in a large bowl on high speed until soft peaks form.
  18. Add the powdered sugar and whip until thoroughly combined.
  19. Place one cake layer on a plate and spread some of the frosting over the top.
  20. Top with the remaining layers, thickly coating the top and sides of each with frosting.
  21. Refrigerate the cake until the whipped cream frosting has stabilized, at least one hour.
  22. To Make The Glaze: Place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
  23. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is very hot and just beginning to steam.
  24. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until it has melted completely.
  25. Stir in the syrup and the vanilla.
  26. Pour the glaze into a medium pitcher or measuring cup and let cool for ten minutes.
  27. Do not let the glaze sit longer because it will stiffen and become difficult to pour over the cake.
  28. Slowly pour the glaze over the cake, ensuring that it covers the top of the cake entirely, but make sure some of the cream frosting shows through the drizzles on the sides. (If the glaze doesn't flow easily over the edge of the cake,don't be afraid to add an extra tablespoon or two of the syrup).
  29. Refrigerate the cake until the glaze is set and the whipped cream frosting is firm, at least one hour.
  30. Slice the cake with a long serrated knife, dipping it in a tall glass of hot water between each slice.
  31. The refrigerated cake will keep for about 2 days. **Please note that the cook time only reflects the time needed to bake the batter. Other time is spent on the frostings etc and there are lots of periods where the cake is resting or cooling.
Most Helpful

5 5

Stunning! Did you know that dark chocolate is also loaded with fiber. A fantastic surprise, no?

5 5

I bake a lot for friends and family, and this is among the top three most requested of my menu of cakes. It is not too rich, not too sweet, presents beautifully and is absolutely delicious!

This cake is amazing. I am a baker in a restaurant and this cake sells like crazy as well as being a personal favorite. Delicious chocolate flavor, just enough sweetness and not too heavy. A winner all around.