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Heavenly Cocoa Cake
with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

No recipe image available.This homemade chocolate layer cake is filled and frosted with a luscious vanilla buttercream frosting. It's so good, it's heavenly!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1/3 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. For Cake: Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in boiling water and blend well. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  5. For Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add additional milk, if necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time until frosting is desired spreading consistency.

Makes 12 servings.