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Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

  • Author: Fadela
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 slices


Recipe for buttermilk chocolate cake sponge, with a soft and moist texture and flavored with cocoa powder (for 2 cakes of 6 inches / 15 cm in diameter) to make 4 tiers cake. 


  • 225 g (1  3/4 cups) Flour - Cake flour
  • 80 g (2/3 cup) Cocoa powder - unsweetened
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Eggs - room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 345 g (1 3/4 cups) Sugar - granulated
  • 160 ml (3/4 cup) Vegetable oil
  • 190 ml (3/4 cup) Buttermilk
  • 170 ml (3/4 cups) Black coffee - lukewarm


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 180°C (fan oven) and prepare two 6 inches / 15 cm diameter cake pans, lining them with parchment paper only on the bottom.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk with the black coffee.
  4. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and frothy.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk and coffee mixture alternately in several batches and mix with a spatula until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Divide the mixture in 2 and distribute it in the two prepared pans.
  7. Bake for about 40-55 minutes until puffed.
  8. Check the baking by inserting a knife or a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean then your baking is done otherwise extend by 5 minutes.
  9. Take your chocolate cakes out and let them cool for a few minutes in their pan, then remove them from the pan and let them cool completely on a rack.
  10. Once your cakes have cooled completely, wrap each cake in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge for at least 2 hours before cutting.


Storage: Up to 3-4 days at room temperature and up to 3 months in the freezer.

Substitute the buttermilk with the same amount of semi-skimmed milk + 1 tbsp of white vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Cake, sponge
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate buttermilk cake, buttermilk chocolat cake, chocolate cake with buttermilk, chocolate genoise with buttermilk