Friday, November 10, 2023

Black Magic Chocolate Cake Made with Coffee Recipe Review

Black Magic Chocolate Cake
This black magic chocolate cake is made with black coffee and buttermilk (the magic part) which makes it a rich, delicious cake.  It is my son's favorite cake, therefore I make it for his birthday every year.  

If you love chocolate, this is definitely the cake for you!  The combination of real cocoa, buttermilk and coffee make it a chocolate lovers dream cake.  

For the last few years, I have frosted it with Barbara's chocolate icing recipe which is better than the icing recipe I previously used.  Serve it with chocolate ice cream, if you dare, and you have a triple chocolate masterpiece.  


My Mixing Note

I set my mixing bowl in my sink to keep ingredients from blowing or splattering when mixing.  It is so much easier to simply rinse the sink when I am finished mixing batter than it is to clean the counters, walls and floor.

I also pre-measure ingredients before I start.  That way, I know I haven't forgotten any of the ingredients should I get interrupted. 


Black Magic Chocolate Cake Recipe by Sylvestermouse

Prep Time Cook Time Cool Time Ready In Yields
20 min. 30-35 min. 60 min. 2 hrs. 12 - 16 servings


  • 2 cups Swans Down Cake Flour (or 1¾ cups all-purpose flour)
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (100% cacao)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • ½ cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease & flour two 9" round cake pans or one 9"x13" pan
  3. In large bowl, combine/whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  (Set mixing bowl in the sink to keep the flour/cocoa from blowing everywhere) 
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil & vanilla
  5. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be very thin
  6. Pour into prepared pans
  7. Bake at for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean
  8. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and completely cool
  9. Frost as desired

Black Magic Chocolate Cake

See the Items I Use For Pre-measuring in the Following Reviews:

 Cooking & Baking Prep Tools: Shot Glasses Used As Pinch Bowls Set of Stainless Steel Stackable Magnetic Measuring Spoons Reviewed Mini Increment Measuring Spoons for Tad, Dash, Pinch, Smidgen & Drop



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  1. What an interesting chocolate cake. I've never heard of using coffee as an ingredient before. Combined with the buttermilk, I can picture it having a most unique flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe. And, happy birthday to your son. :)

  2. Coffee and chocolate, bring it on! Oh I can imagine this cake would be melt in your mouth delicious. Thank you for sharing a favorite recipe with me, Once I get all the ingredients together, I'm going to try this one on my family.

  3. This cake sounds absolutely delicious! Coffee is well known to deepen and enrich the flavor of chocolate or cocoa, and buttermilk lends a tenderness to baked goods. I’m not surprised this is your son’s favorite cake!

  4. This sounds delicious.

  5. Well this sounds incredible - coffee? oh I imagine that adds a magnificent oomph to the cake - hmmm, would love to eat a piece of this cake - might have to tackle this one

    1. oh forgot to add - you tried the icing! wonderful <3


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