Classic Chocolate Cake

Today is Lucas' birthday. My baby boy is turning three and I know this sounds cliché but he is growing so fast. Faster than I would want him to. He has been a blessing in our lives and life is much better (and busy) because of him. Lucas has a strong personality and he is really sweet.

That boy loves chocolate. At this point I have a feeling he thinks that all birthday cakes have to be made out of chocolate or else they're not birthday cakes. When we were singing happy birthday to him this morning, the first thing he said was "where is the chocolate cake mama?" I smiled and promised him a chocolaty chocolate cake for later. 

Lucas is going through a Superman phase. My goodness, everything has to be Superman themed right now. I'm telling you, when toddlers get obsessed with something, it gets really intense like watching a movie a million times. I'm sure some of you can relate to this. 

On Sunday, we are throwing a little "Super" party for him. I have a lot of work ahead of me as we are doing, yes, you guessed it, a Superman themed party. Everything is looking good, I'm sharing photos next week! 

For now, I'll leave you with this "super" chocolate cake. It's really moist and for serious chocolate lovers only ;) 


For the cake:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup of hot water

Preheat oven to 350 F.
grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until blended. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients on low speed until well blended. Scrape around the bowl with a rubber spatula, scrape the bottom and the sides. Slowly, add the hot water into the batter, blend well on medium speed for 20 seconds. The batter will be thin, don't worry, that's the way it should be. pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. 

 Chocolate buttercream:

7oz dark chocolate (60%)
finely chopped
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder,  sifted

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Make sure the bowl is not touching the water, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and continue mixing for a minute more. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder, then turn the speed back to medium and mix until smooth. On low speed, add the melted chocolate and mix until well blended. If the frosting is a little runny but don't worry, just let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes or until it's hard enough to frost the cake. 

To assemble:

Carefully, cut the cake in two layers and evenly spread some of the chocolate buttercream. Place the layer back on top. Spread the rest of the buttercream on the cake and decorate with sprinkles. 


  1. happy anniversary to your beloved superman!!! wish for him all the best :)
    of course, the cake looks fantastic! mission accoblished and congrats to you!!!


  2. Hi, Najwa!!! As you, I am a chef, blogger, and mother. I have enjoyed to read this article, browse some of your recipes, and take a look at your great pictures. Happy B-day to Lucas!! I just can imagine his smile eating this chocolate cake which -- judging by the pictures and a couple of its ingredients-- seems to be pretty moist. Wishing you a great weekend and to Lucas, a very fun party!

    1. Thank you Denise, I'm glad you stopped by!!

  3. Wonderful! He's one lucky boy! :))

  4. This is lovely, happy birthday to your son! I love the photographs, the cake looks scrumptious!

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  5. Seeing your cake brings back memories of the chocolate cakes my mother used to make for my birthday. It looks lovely.

    1. I know what you mean, my mom used to make the same cake for us as well. Thank you!

  6. A big Happy birthday to your little boy, what a fun cake to celebrate the day!

  7. Look at the sprinkle-covered hands! Happy birthday to your little superman! The cake looks just so... happy! Sprinkles, toppers and all! And delicious I bet! There are just so many types of cake to choose from these days but I'd have to say, everyone loves a good ol' classic chocolate cake.

  8. aww what a precious shot with his hands in the sprinkles.
    i love the banners you put on the cake. so cute!
    your photos are gorgeous and this cake looks fabulous. you really can't beat a classic chocolate cake.

  9. Happy birthday!!This chocolate cake looks fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

  10. Have just encountered your page and I guess you should be complimented for this piece. More power to you!

  11. Lovely colourful foodie photos, looks delicious!


  12. Made this recipe today for my daughters birthday. DELISH but it made enough batter for two nine inch pans. Am I missing something? I'm just going to use them for a double layer cake but I was just curious if this was a misprint.

    1. Thank you for trying it out! I'm glad you liked it! You're good, this does make a tall cake which is what I did and then I cut the cake in two layes (I don't have 2 9-inch pans) either way works fine :)

    2. I made this for my daughter's 2 year old birthday party and everyone LOVED it. My mom even said it was te best chocolate cake she'd ever had!

    3. Wonderful! Thank you so much for trying it, I am really happy you liked it!!! xx


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