Best Cake Ever!

Martha has done it again! This time, it is the most reliable chocolate cake I have ever had. It is so moist and even better refrigerated the next day. I ALWAYS use this recipe from the intellects over at Martha Stewart and it works like a charm every time!

This year, Oliver requested chocolate so I couldn't wait to whip out this recipe. He also repeated over and over that he wanted Cookie Monster involved. I wasn't sure how to do this and honestly waited until a couple of minutes before decorating to decide. With the help of my sisters, I pulled it off quite nicely I believe. Check out the pics!The cupcakes for nursery at church, since his birthday landed on a Sunday this year. I used a box to make those, but the kids didn't mind.

I am sharing this information directly from her site via this link:

Baking an easy chocolate dessert like this chocolate cake can be almost as thrilling for a birthday girl or boy as blowing out the candles that go on top.

Tools and Materials
  • Two 8-by-2 inch round cake pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Flour sifter
  • Electric mixer and bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Long serrated knife
  1. Prep Time 40 minutes
  2. Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
  3. Yield Makes one 8-inch two-layer cake

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, and butter paper. Dust the pans with cocoa; tap out extra.
  2. Sift cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar into bowl. Beat in oil, buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, and hot water one at a time, using a mixer set at low. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into pans. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean; an adult should rotate the pans halfway through and remove cakes from the oven.
  4. Let cakes cool in pans on wire racks, 20 minutes, before inverting to remove. Discard paper. Cool completely on racks, top side up. An adult should cut off top of one layer.
  5. With a butter knife, frost top of trimmed layer.
  6. Place the other layer on top. Frost top and sides of cake.
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Kristine Foley said…
Sounds yummo!!! And hello?! OH.SO.CUTE. Looking forward to following your cute blog! Thanks for your sweet comment on mine! XOXO
Lauren Mobley said…
Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing:-)
Mosby Hardin said…
Seriously loving that cake! So stinking cute!!
Norm Beatty said…
i want to make this for normie bday. im going to call you and get the inside scoop.
Lambz Ann said…
It is so yummy. I am paying for it too! Buttermilk is the secret!
Lambz Ann said…
Please call =) I need to hear a new yorker today!
Lambz Ann said…
hahah! You need to go to your blogger profile and edit profile. Log in to google, then click on edit profile.
Sally said…
Hey there friend!! Wow if I wasn't in a cake eating mood before this post I sure am now!!! yummy!!! Thanks for stopping be Me+Life+Coffee and leaving a sweet comment!! So great to follow you back :) Sally xoxo
Ashton Vest said…
OMG they all look so delicous, so glad I stumbled upon your blog!

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Ashton Vest said…
These all look amazing!
Lambz Ann said…
Thanks! I appreciate the sweet comment!
Lambz Ann said…
Thanks Kristine!! I love the And Hello? Hahah!
Lambz Ann said…
Hahah Sally. Love it! Thanks for stopping by as well!
Lambz Ann said…
Thanks! Loved your letters btw!
Sara Pelech said…
That is an adorable cake in every way! I love it!

Thanks for stopping by and following me - I've done the same :)
Lambz Ann said…
Thanks for the follow Sara! I love these linky parties! I am not inspired for the week!