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Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Three layers of rich, dense chocolate cake all held together by thick layers of homemade chocolate frosting - Death by Chocolate Cake is the definition of sinful indulgence! Treat yourself to this chocolatey masterpiece today.
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For the Cake:

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease three 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Add the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl and whisk until combined.
    chocolate cake batter ingredients in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Greek yogurt, water, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
    chocolate cake batter with chocolate chips in a bowl with a spatula
  • Pour the batter evenly among the 3 cake pans.
    chocolate cake batter in 2 round cake pans
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking and cooling, make the frosting. Start by creaming the butter until smooth with an electric mixer.
  • Then, sift in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix with an electric mixer until well incorporated.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, salt, and heavy cream and mix again until the frosting reaches a smooth and creamy consistency with stiff peaks.
  • Transfer 1 cake layer to a cake stand and add a layer of frosting on top. Add on the 2nd cake layer, another layer of frosting, and the 3rd layer of cake.
  • Then, frost the entire exterior of the cake.
  • Pipe designs on the top of the cake if desired. Then, add chocolate chips and sprinkles to the top and sides of the cake.
    overhead image of chocolate cake on a white cake stand