Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Indulge in the delightful combination of moist buttermilk cake topped with creamy chocolate frosting. This classic recipe is sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a special treat for yourself.


For the Buttermilk Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and spread it out evenly.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using round cake pans, the baking time may be slightly shorter, around 20-25 minutes.
  8. Allow the cake(s) to cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. While the cake is cooling, prepare the chocolate frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together the softened butter and cocoa powder until smooth.
  10. Gradually add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and salt, beating until creamy and spreadable. Add more milk if needed to reach your desired consistency.
  11. Once the cake is completely cooled, frost the top (and sides if using round cake pans) with the chocolate frosting.
  12. Slice and serve your delicious buttermilk cake with chocolate frosting. Enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the frosting’s sweetness or consistency to suit your taste. This cake also pairs well with a tall glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee.

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