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As we move into January is there any better way to fight the winter chill than with chocolate? We didn’t think so either. This decadent three-layer chocolate cake topped with bitter chocolate buttercream will have everyone crooning “Yummm…” with three m’s. Pair with a glass of ice cold milk or your favorite red wine (we suggest a cabernet sauvignon).

Grand Champion Chocolate Cake


  • 3 1/2 Cups Cake Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbl. Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tbl. Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients into one bowl and make a well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients except for the boiling water.
  4. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and whisk well. Add boiling water at the last.
  5. Cut parchment paper to fit three (3) 8-inch cake pans. Spray with non-stick spray.
  6. Pour batter evening in pans and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely and remove from pan.
  8. Layer the three tiers on a serving plate with generous buttercream frosting between layers (see recipe below). Top the cake and sides generously with buttercream frosting.
  9. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Bitter Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 8 Egg Whites
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 lbs. Unsalted Butter (chopped into small pieces)
  • 17 oz. Bitter Sweet Chocolate (melted)
  • 1 Tbl. Vanilla


  1. Combine egg whites and sugar and whisk well.
  2. Cook over a double boiler until mixture reaches 120°F.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a kitchen blender.
  4. Whisk at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. While mixture is still warm, add melted chocolate and Vanilla.
  6. Add butter pieces gradually and mix until smooth.

Grand Champion Chocolate Cake with Bitter Chocolate Buttercream was last modified: January 28th, 2016 by TheInnAdmin

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