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One-Layer Cake With Chocolate Frosting


One-Layer Cake With Chocolate Frosting

One-Layer Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Diana Rattray
I like one-layer cakes because they're quick to make and frost. This cake is perfect for a weekend party, or bake it for a friend, a new neighbor, or potluck.


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, or an additional 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ***Chocolate Frosting***
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 ounces(8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk, half-and-half, or evaporated milk


Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9x13x2-inch baking pan or spray with baking spray.

Measure cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

Beat butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Slowly beat in about 1/3 of the flour mixture with about 1/4 cup of milk. Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour mixture and the remaining 1/4 cup of milk. Beat in the remaining flour mixture, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Spread in the prepared cake pan and bake for 25 tp 30 minutes.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cake. cover the top of the cake with a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper. Place a rectangular rack or cake plate over the pan and carefully turn over so the cake is now sitting on the parchment paper and rack; remove the pan. Let cool completely then frost top and sides.

Sift confectioners' sugar and cocoa into a bowl; set aside.

In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream the butter; beat in vanilla. Slowly beat in the sugar and cocoa mixture along with 3 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk, as needed to make the frosting easily spreadable.

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