Chocolate cake is the most delicious treat you can serve your partner or spouse this Valentine’s Day. The good news is that this delicious cake is easier to make than many people realise. Here is an easy recipe that requires only a few basic ingredients.

Ingredients for the cake

  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup oil (canola or coconut oil work best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup hot water

Ingredients for the buttercream:

  • 1 ½ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream or milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Stir together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Sift the dry ingredients to make your cake extra fluffy.
  • In another bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla for about a minute.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well until completely combined.
  • Add the hot water and mix well. It is supposed to be more on the liquid side of the scale. This will ensure that the cake is moist and delicious.
  • Spray 2 cake pans (9-inch) with cooking spray and pour the batter into each pan.
  • Bake for up to 27 minutes and use a toothpick or cake tester to test if the cake is baked all the way through.
  • Allow to cool before frosting.
  • This chocolate cake tastes so good because of the amazing buttercream. To make the buttercream, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and cream.
  • Depending on the consistency, you might need to add some more milk.
  • Once the cake has cooled enough, remove them from the pans and layer with the frosting.
  • Top with frosting and decorate with chocolate chips, shavings or other delicious decorations.

If this is your first time, you might like to test this chocolate cake recipe out and see if any adjustments are needed based on your oven and ingredients. Quality cocoa is always best since this will certainly influence the flavour and texture of your cake.