Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 11th August 2010

What a fantastic weekend!  Rehearsal party on Friday, Vera, my niece, was married on Saturday, big barbecue on Sunday and we celebrated Gina’s Sweet Sixteen with this amazing Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.  The wedding was amazing, Vera looked absolutely stunning! I think I cried throughout the entire ceremony (thank goodness I brought a few packages of kleenex).

A photo of a chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting on a glass cake stand.

It was a crazy busy weekend starting with the rehearsal party on Friday evening.  My cheesecakes were a hit, unfortunately no time for photos but I will bake them again soon and share the recipes.  They were super delicious and I know you will enjoy them.

A close up photo of a chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

I had a huge group (about 40 to 50) on Sunday for barbecue and amazingly enough I was able to time everything perfectly and we enjoyed a delicious meal.

A close up photo taken looking down on a chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting on a glass cake stand.

My cousin Ann and her family are still visiting.  Her daughter, Gina, celebrated her Sweet 16 a while back and I wanted to bake a special birthday cake for her.  I decided to go with a Donna Hay RecipeChocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.  I thought it couldn’t get better than the Chocolate Mud Cake I baked the other day but this chocolate layer cake is extra special.

A photo of a chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting with a slice removed on a glass cake stand.

I couldn’t believe how easy the cake was to make.  Gina loves to bake so I gave her a little cake baking tutorial as I went along.  I am sure this will be a cake she can easily make on her own when she gets home. The frosting couldn’t be easier either, cream the butter and cream cheese, sift the icing sugar and cocoa and add gradually.

Believe it or not the frosting is very light, fluffy and very creamy and tastes very similar to a Milky Way chocolate bar.

A photo of a chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting on a glass cake stand.

Indulge your sweet and chocolate cravings with this decadently rich, super moist and absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Cake!

A photo of a slice of chocolate buttermilk layer cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting on a white plate with a silver fork sitting on a brown tea towel.

A close up photo of chocolate cream cheese frosting in a glass bowl with a frosting spreader.

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Comments (58)

58 Responses to “Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake – Oh So Delicious!”

  1. Marly Says:

    This looks both delicious and beautiful. Are you sure it’s easy? Either way, you have such a lucky family to have you cooking for them!

  2. Grace Says:

    Honestly Marly it was very easy, surprised me too.

  3. Marjorie Says:

    This cake looks amazing! I have to find a way to work in desserts into my diet. Sigh. LOL Glad the wedding went well!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marjorie, V looked so beautiful

  5. Michelle Says:

    Looks beautiful and I’m sure it was delicious.

  6. Grace Says:

    Thanks Michelle and yes it was.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Well I hope you didn’t get tears all over your cheesecakes! Cake looks delicious.

  8. Brenda Says:

    Grace, what an amazing-looking cake and I’m so glad the wedding went so well. I bake bread with buttermilk all the time but I don’t think I’ve ever baked a cake with it. I bet it adds a wonderful flavour. And that frosting……… (happy sigh).

  9. Grace Says:

    Brenda I’ve never tried buttermilk in bread, I think I will try it next time. I think this may be the best cake I have ever baked, everyone was just raving about it.

  10. Grace Says:

    Hey Ryan thank goodness the cheesecakes were for the night before.

  11. Gina Says:

    This cake was absolutely DELICIOUS. I loved it so much and i’m most definitely making this at home. Thank you so much for everything Aunt Grace, it couldn’t of gone any better. I love you. xoxo

  12. Grace Says:

    I’m glad you like it Gina, I love you too!

  13. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog Says:

    These sweet stacks make me crazy…absolutely fantastic!!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  14. Grace Says:

    Thank you Gera!

  15. Carla Says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous, delicious cake… Get in my belly!

  16. Tom Ogletree Says:

    OK now I was there watched the whole thing go down!The concept of using a scale is foreign to me and I would think most Americans! I can say that I have been won over with this way of ” Reproducing” accurately a concoction from heaven. I must have a digital scale…arrggg.
    The smell of this cake going together is to die for. I had a flash back to the Hershey factory!! No Joke! This is as short and sweet as I can make it with out being longer than Graces blog but the Cake is so very moist, sweet and not overly chocolaty but very smooooth. The frosting to me is what boost this heavenly creation into a Plutonian orbit. The frosting is very light and fluffy, but there is a tug on the tongue after the smooth chocolate flavor that says..”keep it coming what was that”
    The whole family was sad when we had to leave the cake behind and go back to Jersey.
    Trust me make this cake NOW.

  17. Tom Ogletree Says:

    Oh I knew I left something out that is very important. Liana works very hard behind the scene to present the creations in an accurate fashion! Liana you ROCK the light BOX….LOL

  18. Grace Says:

    Oh Tom you are too funny, miss you guys so much already!

  19. lisaiscooking Says:

    That’s a beautiful cake! The frosting sounds just fantastic. Love Donna Hay!

  20. Grace Says:

    I love her too Lisa, working my way through a ton of her recipes right now.

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  22. Ivonne Says:

    I bought that magazine as soon as I saw the cover! Your cake looks just as beautiful, if not moreso!

  23. Grace Says:

    Thanks Ivonne, we so enjoyed the cake!

  24. Lea Barlow Says:

    Absolutely mouth-watering!

  25. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lea!

  26. Big BOys Oven Says:

    pretty awesome!

  27. Roxan Says:

    Did I read that right, you prepared a bbq for 40-50 people? Amazing. Just like that cake of yours.. I could just dive right into it!

  28. Grace Says:

    That’s pretty normal for me Roxan when the family comes for dinner. You get used to it after a while. I love it! The more the merrier.

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  30. Katerina Says:

    This layer cake looks very beautiful.

  31. Grace Says:

    Thank you Katerina

  32. Joy Says:

    That looks beautiful.

  33. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having Says:

    I’m drooling. I can’t wait to make this cake!

  34. Grace Says:

    I felt the same way Lynn when I saw it in the Donna Hay magazine. You won’t be sorry, so delicious!

  35. Camala - CC Recipe Says:

    This cake looks stunning! I have got to seriously give this cake a try, the chocolate cream cheese frosting sounds awesome!

  36. Lisa O'Connell Says:

    Hi, just wondered if this would be ok baked the day before or do you think it’s better the same day? Thanks, Lisa!

  37. Grace Says:

    Hi Lisa, It would be best made and served the same day, that being said, the small piece we had left over was just as moist the second day. It is pretty tall so you may want to bake the cakes one day and then ice the day you are serving. This way you can keep the layer in a airtight container. I hope you enjoy it.

  38. Nancy/SpicieFoodie Says:

    Wow what a beautiful looking cake. I’m sure it tasted delicious! You make it look easy, but I don’t think I could do this :)

  39. Grace Says:

    Nancy you can do this! It really is easier than it looks.

  40. Lisa O'Connell Says:

    Hi, thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I am making this for a combined 60th tomorrow night, using the frosting in the layers, and choc panels around the outsides. I am using a 25cm bottom cake and an 18cm top cake. I’m trying to work out quantities, wondering whether to do one mix just for the bottom cake or more? Am so unsure….thought maybe if I did 1.5 x the mix I would be able to use one batch for the bottom and a half batch for the top. Aaarrgghhhh….why do we get ourselves into these things?? Let me know what you think pleeeaassee!!! Cheers, Lisa!

  41. Grace Says:

    I think you might be just shy of what you need with on mix. I would probably do two just to be safe, you could bake an extra layer with any left ofter and freeze it to eat another time. You are brave Lisa, sounds like it’s going to be amazing. You’ll have to come back and let me know how it goes.

  42. Lisa O'Connell Says:

    Thanks for that Grace….much appreciated! Will let you know how it goes!

  43. Elin Says:

    Delicious chocolate buttermilk layer cake! I just baked one ferrero rocher white and dark chocolate cake and who can resist chocolate?

  44. Grace Says:

    Thanks Elin, I just took a look at your cake, yummy! I love Ferrero Rochers, so does my son. I just picked up some Baci chocolates and I am planning to make some cupcakes with them. I definitely can’t resist chocolate!

  45. briarrose Says:

    Heavenly.

  46. karrin elizabeth Says:

    ill be your best friend if you come make me alot of cakes

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  51. Janet Says:

    Planning to make this for my daughters 9th birthday. Looks wonderful.

    Anyone know what 500g cream cheese is in American measurements?

  52. Grace Says:

    Hi Janet, 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (the larger bricks).

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  54. Geoff Says:

    I bought the wrong cream cheese (it was yogurt consistency) so the frosting ended up very runny. Improvised on the recipe thinly spreading the frosting together with whipped cream in between the layers and then spread the runny frosting over the top, dripping down the sides. Was delicious!

  55. Grace Says:

    Geoff you have me curious because I’ve never seen a cream cheese with a yogurt consistency. I wouldn’t mind trying that type in some mini mousse cakes. It might also be nice used in a whip cream combination type of frosting with a topping of macerated fruit or for fruit dip. I’m happy you enjoyed the taste.

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  57. Betty Says:

    Hi Grace, lovely looking cake! I would love to try it and want it to look just like yours, so did you actually cut the two cakes into four layers, or for the photo did you use four full cakes? Looked at some of your other recipes and can’t wait to try some. they are definitely bookmarked!

  58. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Betty, welcome and thank you so much for your kind words! At the time I used two tins and cut the cakes in half but now when preparing I bake in four tins, makes it so much easier especially with my eye sight not being what it used to be (I am the worst at trimming cakes). Please keep in mind if you’re using four tins, I recommend weighing out the batter (or measuring in cups) and reduce baking time.

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