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Three Layer Chocolate Cake

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Three Layer Chocolate Cake
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This recipe for Three Layer Chocolate Cake should be a standard in anyone's baking repertoire.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round baking pans.

Mix cocoa with boiling water in small bowl; stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add cocoa mixture. Combine well.

With wire whisk, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Alternately add flour mixture with milk and sour cream to butter mixture. Beat until blended. Pour batter into pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost cake as desired.

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 4 out of 5
Yummy, Member EmmyChocolate

I always use this recipe when making chocolate cake. The cake always turns out perfectly moist.It's the cocoa and water that must make it.It's the best recipe I've found yet.

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