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Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?! This recipe is easy to make and delicious, especially when paired with my homemade cream cheese frosting!

Ok, who doesn’t like chocolate cake? I mean, I guess if you are one of those people who doesn’t like chocolate, ok. But really, chocolate cake is so yummy!

Here’s a recipe for chocolate cake from scratch that came with my kitchen aid mixer. I have used it a couple of times for birthdays and modified it a bit over the years.

There aren’t any artificial preservatives, dyes, or anything like that in it that you would possibly get with a box cake. And it tastes so much better! This recipe is specific to the kitchen aid, but you could still do it with an electric mixer.

I always top the cake with cream cheese frosting, but that’s my favorite type of frosting. It’s very creamy and has a sweet flavor. The texture makes it easy to spread without leaving a lot of lines on the cake. 

Cream cheese frosting also takes color really well if you need it. I like to use the Wilton brand gel food coloring for everything. It doesn’t take much of the gel to have a rich and vibrant color. 

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans by spreading with a bit of butter or cooking oil. Sprinkle in flour until the grease is coated. This really helps the cake come out of the pan without any problems. 

Two round metal cake pans covered in oil and flour on a wooden surface

Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) in the mixing bowl. Attach the whisk. Stir for a minute until everything is mixed together. 

Stainless steel mixing bowl with dry cake ingredients next to floured cake pans on a wooden surface

Add the butter, milk, and vanilla. Switch to the flat beater and stir on speed 2 for about one minute. 

Cake batter in a stainless steel bowl next to two cakes pan covered in flour on a wooden surface

Pour in the eggs and melted chocolate and mix on speed 2 for another 30 seconds. Increase the speed to 6 for an additional minute. It may help to scrape the sides and mix again.

Cake batter with melted chocolate and chocolate pieces mixed in next to two metal cake pans covered with flour on a wooden surface

Divide the batter into the two prepared cake pans and bake for about 35-45 minutes. You want the cake to be set and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. 

Two round metal cake pans filled with chocolate cake batter on a wooden surface

Remove the cake from the oven and set the pans on a cooling rack until the cakes have cooled completely. 

Once the cakes are cool, prepare the frosting. Whisk the cream cheese and butter in the stand mixer for 2-3 minutes. 

Stainless steel bowl with whisked cream cheese and powdered sugar

Slowly add the powdered sugar, 1/3 cup at a time, until it is all mixed in. Then add the vanilla extract. Stir just until it’s combined. 

Stainless steel bowl with whisked cream cheese frosting on a wooden surface

Place the bottom layer of the cake on a serving plate and frost only the top. Then, to help keep a neater serving plate, use small pieces of parchment or wax paper under the edges of the cake. 

One layer of chocolate cake on a round bamboo board with pieces of parchment paper underneath covered with one layer of frosting all on a wooden surface

Set the top layer on the frosted bottom layer. Scoop the frosting onto the cake and frost the top and sides. 

Serving spoon holding up a piece out of a double-layer chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and rainbow sprinkles on a round bamboo platter with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 11, 2016

Last Updated On: December 9, 2019

Serving spoon holding up a piece out of a double-layer chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and rainbow sprinkles on a round bamboo platter with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Chocolate Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?! This recipe is easy to make and delicious, especially when paired with my homemade cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate, cream cheese
Servings: 8 pieces
4.8 from 5 votes

Ingredients

Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate bars or chips (melted)
Frosting
  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans
  • Combine dry ingredients in mixer bowl
  • Add butter, milk, and vanilla
  • Attach flat beater and set speed to 2 for 1 minute
  • Add eggs and chocolate and continue on speed 2 for 30 seconds
  • Increase speed to 6 for another minute
  • Pour batter into pans and bake for 30-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to cooling rack
Frosting
  • Combine butter and cream cheese in electric mixer
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar until creamy, then add vanilla
  • Frost the cake as desired
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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 690 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 503mg21%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 93g31%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 67g74%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1010IU20%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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30 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

    1. I feel the exact same way! I believe it was red velvet that I first had it on, too. If it wouldn’t have melted I would have had cream cheese frosting on my wedding cake if I could have!

  1. I’m the complete opposite, I don’t love chocolate cake and I can’t stand cream cheese frosting! But this one doesn’t look typical, your cake looks more like a malted chocolate flavor rather than a store bought kind!

    1. Yes, it’s definitely a different flavor. Some chocolate cake can be too much, even for me who loves chocolate. But this is just the right amount for me. You could always frost it with a different type of icing, I just love cream cheese 🙂

  2. You stole the words outta my mouth – who doesn’t love chocolate cake?! This recipe seems easy enough to follow so I’m going to give it a try. Cream cheese frosting is my fav too.

    1. I prefer this cake over a store-bought chocolate cake. Sometimes those can be overpowering but this is just the right amount for me. And always with cream cheese frosting!

  3. Yummm!!! I love cream cheese icing. I am not a huge whipped icing fan so I always opt for a cream cheese icing or frosting. Not sure I ever had it on chocolate cake though. I will have to give this a try.

  4. I am actually not a big fan of chocolate cakes especially the ones they sell in stores because I always find them too sweet, But I have tried the chocolate cake the my mom’s friend made and I really liked it, it was not too sweet. I love cream cheese frosting too!

  5. I am not usually a huge chocolate fan but omg this looks good! I think the cream cheese frosting is such a great addition!

    1. It’s different, but I like the texture it gives the cake. It isn’t quite as dry and I like the chunks of chocolate that don’t always completely melt throughout the cake.

  6. O my yum!!!! Who doesn’t just love chocolate cake!!! One of my absolute favorite desserts. Must give your recipe a try

    1. I prefer it homemade. The boxed cake can be too much sometimes, but this is just the right amount of chocolate to give the flavor without overpowering everything else.

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