Black Magic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Categories: Chocolate, Dessert

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Black Magic Chocolate Cake Notes

Ebony, or black, cocoa powder is a very dark colored Dutched cocoa powder. It is available online at baker's supply stores like King Arthur Flour. You can substitute regular Dutched cocoa for more flavor but a paler color.

  • 1 3/4 Cups flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ebony Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon double strength vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • to taste cacao nibs
Serves / Yields

1 9x13 cake

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 cake pan Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine bowls, and blend until smooth. It will be a thin batter. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Mix the sugar and butter, stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread frosting over a cooled cake and sprinkle with lightly crushed cacao nibs.

Helpful Hints

If frosting is too thick, add a little extra milk.

Photo by Laurianna Williams.

Quick Shopping List

Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract
Pure Extract
4 fluid oz.
Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Pure Double-Strength Vanilla Extract
Pure Extract
4 fluid ounce
Cacao Nibs, Roasted
In a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt 2 ounces

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Diana M. Said:

Ebony ( as I named it at The Chocolate Tree in Milwaukee)the BLACK COCOA Powder made by deZaan Cocoa , a part of ADM Cocoa. It is available at . Use a fine Vanilla from the Spice House in Milwaukee! Use this rich Black powder...It will result in a true BLACK cake...DELICIOUS!!

Make it Again? Diana M. would make this recipe again.

Cynthia F. Said:

This is an original Hershey's recipe for an incredibly moist chocolate cake. I have been making this for decades - it is the only chocolate cake recipe I use. The batter is very thin, but it bakes into a very moist chocolaty cake. You can sour a cup of milk with 1 T. vinegar if you don't have buttermilk and it will still be great. Enjoy!

Make it Again? Cynthia F. would make this recipe again.