Ina Garten Makes Perfect Chocolate Cake | Food Network

  • Published on Apr 14, 2019
  • This is our #1 Chocolate Cake for a reason - just saying!
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    Beatty's Chocolate Cake
    Level: Intermediate
    Total: 1 hr 35 min
    Prep: 30 min
    Inactive: 30 min
    Cook: 35 min
    Yield: 8 servings
    Butter, for greasing the pans
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
    2 cups sugar
    3/4 cups good cocoa powder
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup buttermilk, shaken
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
    Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, recipe follows
    Chocolate Frosting:
    6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
    1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
    1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
    Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
    Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.
    Chocolate Frosting:
    Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
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Comments • 607

  • Olga Kim
    Olga Kim Day ago

    "Perfect". Another word Americans like to obnoxiously over-use. Nothin's perfect.

  • P La
    P La Day ago

    Gorgeous Just Gorgeous

  • Vincenzo's Plate

    It looks superb, wow!!! A lot of chocolate 🍫😍

  • Belkys Lacruz
    Belkys Lacruz 2 days ago

    Hola buenas noches!! me encanta Sus REcetas Sra Ina G.. usted es espectacular con sus recetas muy comodas sencillas y explica estupendamente gracias saludos desde Venezuela

  • Hannah Walmer
    Hannah Walmer 3 days ago

    Matilda anyone?

  • thushani premarathne

    Any alternative for buttermilk?? Please comment

  • TheScorpio Vampyre
    TheScorpio Vampyre 4 days ago

    I love how she cooks. She doesn’t ramble on, she gets right to the point, and she’s so calm and easy to understand. Love Ina!

  • focus thought
    focus thought 7 days ago

    She needed to add two teaspoons of cassis and cognac to the chocolate

  • Berna Khoury
    Berna Khoury 12 days ago

    ما شفت بيض

  • Sou amy
    Sou amy 14 days ago +1

    Can you please share this recipe in grams measurement units ?? Wonderful recipe ♥

    • Sou amy
      Sou amy 9 days ago

      @Cláudia Romão thank you for answering me ♥ God bless you

    • Cláudia Romão
      Cláudia Romão 9 days ago +1

      Search Bigger Bolder Baking for best ever chocolate cake Gemma makes this cake and has the measurements in grams.

  • vanessastlouis
    vanessastlouis 15 days ago +1

    I made this cake today and it’s absolutely delicious! Thank you Ina! Big fan fromSt Louis right here!

  • Steeve Heimanu MAI
    Steeve Heimanu MAI 15 days ago

    Waou un gâteau très gourmand

  • paul leepoy
    paul leepoy 16 days ago

    yo wt..

  • Mariah Francois
    Mariah Francois 18 days ago +1

    To think I've been watching her since I was 7 with my nana I live Bak ng , cooking am a teen now

  • Ronnie Pineda
    Ronnie Pineda 18 days ago


  • Elvira Cristina Meillon

    Esta chef cocina delicioso soy su fan nunca meperdi sus programas la condesa y su cocina es una delicia sus platillos me gustatia mucho señora que me enviara a mi pajina sus deliciosas recetas porfavor gracias

  • Elitta Bakalyan
    Elitta Bakalyan 19 days ago

    Absolutely a doll
    We love u Inna

  • Dania Anwar
    Dania Anwar 20 days ago

    Can we use normal milk instead of butter milk?

    • Kenneth Morris
      Kenneth Morris 19 days ago

      You could but it helps the cake to rise and adds flavor to the cake. It's like making biscuits you can use plain but buttermilk adds a tang to the biscuits. If you're out you can add vinegar to plain milk to make buttermilk.

  • Allimates
    Allimates 22 days ago


  • Karen O
    Karen O 23 days ago

    I always loved your show. Wish it was on cooking channel. Your so easy to understand.

  • BengiAndSnuggles
    BengiAndSnuggles 24 days ago

    A raw egg yolk, in your frosting, I couldn't, unless I cooked it in my chocolate, by tempering it, first! Seems like a breeding ground for bacteria!

  • The Official Andy Saenz
    The Official Andy Saenz 24 days ago +1

    God bless this lady! It looks so delicious, I want to make it for my birthday. 😋

  • Zunaira Javed
    Zunaira Javed 26 days ago +1

    Just made some yesterday and it's so so good!! Very soft, doesn't crumble too much and not overly sweet. I didn't have buttermilk so I substituted it with regular milk with some white vinegar mixed into it and that worked great. Any easy, wonderful recipe!

  • Mr. President
    Mr. President 26 days ago

    I expected her cake to be way more perfect lol .... ina is such a real person and cook

  • Kathleen Woods
    Kathleen Woods 26 days ago

    If I knew Ina I would keep inviting her over hoping she would bring a cake or something

  • Marcos Agundez
    Marcos Agundez 26 days ago

    Does it bother anyone that she mixed the batter with the measuring spoon???? Like wtf ughhhh lmao

  • Claudia Hernandez Donoso

    Podrían enfocar más lo que prepara en vez de enfocarse en ella, gracias.

  • Sumayyah Farooq
    Sumayyah Farooq 27 days ago

    Buttermilk substitute? Where I live, it is next to impossible to find buttermilk

    • Sumayyah Farooq
      Sumayyah Farooq 22 days ago

      Deby Glov thank you 🙂

    • Deby Glov
      Deby Glov 26 days ago

      A quick buttermilk substitute 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let sit 5-10 minutes.

  • Christina Masden
    Christina Masden 28 days ago

    My country is a communist failure with weird immigrants

  • Misty Dupuis
    Misty Dupuis 29 days ago +2

    Omg so seriously delicious I just made it omg 😍 😭 ty Ina I love it

  • Nahal Aurangzeb
    Nahal Aurangzeb 29 days ago

    Hello, do you use hersheys cocoa, or Dutch processed cocoa like callebaut? Thankyou

  • Ju Hernandez
    Ju Hernandez Month ago

    God, I want some of that delicious cake, Looks Wonderful. 😀😀😍🍰😋😊🍰😍.

  • msr111
    msr111 Month ago

    That's what I know as mocha cake. Cutting each layer in two more pieces allows for two more layers of frosting, too. Little frosting rosettes on top each have a chocolate covered coffee bean.

    MEHEDI Month ago

    Could i use this recipe to make a drip cake?

  • behnaz jm
    behnaz jm Month ago

    Love it ... thanks ( from iran)

  • ann garvock
    ann garvock Month ago

    She is such a lovely woman , she explains everything very well and makes it look so easy .

  • Anna Maria
    Anna Maria Month ago

    Till today I'm using this recipe.....

  • Domanick Lucious
    Domanick Lucious Month ago

    All purpose four or cake four?

  • Rik lemes
    Rik lemes Month ago

    To much !!!

  • Tibebu Yohannes
    Tibebu Yohannes Month ago

    she make it so easy

  • Hemavathy Krishnakumar

    2 t spoons of baking soda ??

  • Leo the lion
    Leo the lion Month ago +1

    I'm allergic to chocolate, a piece of that cake would be worth a trip to ER 😋

  • Maria Acevedo
    Maria Acevedo Month ago

    Que rico se ve ese pastel ..😋

  • Centeria Badger
    Centeria Badger Month ago

    Never thought to put coffee in cake but Im definitely stealing that idea. And her voice is just so soothing.

  • Aisha Usmaan
    Aisha Usmaan Month ago

    It is just me or I didn’t get how much powder sugar she added in the butter cream

  • Wendling K
    Wendling K Month ago

    You know, I don’t doubt she’s an amazing chef but she’s so pretentious it makes me want to retch. I can hardly stand to watch her.

  • kaira kole
    kaira kole 2 months ago

    My oven is not tat big.. I can keep only one part of batter at a time... can I keep the other part of batter waiting till the first one come out of oven??? Any change in the batter waiting to expect due to baking soda and baking powder in it??? Pls suggest me an idea...??? Coz this is my problem I pour all the batter in single mould and the centre didn cook well also coz it so moist cake I failed cutting it evenly layers..

  • BigMommaKnows Best
    BigMommaKnows Best 2 months ago

    I made this chocolate cake today follow the recipe but it came out thin and hard 😕😕😕

  • A Man Has No Name
    A Man Has No Name 2 months ago

    This serves only 8 people??! 😳

  • Isaias Calderon
    Isaias Calderon 2 months ago

    What does Ina mean when she says “good” vanilla extract? Good as in the brand, flavor...?

  • Beena Seymour D'souza
    Beena Seymour D'souza 2 months ago

    In the chocolate icing. You added butter, egg yolk, vanilla essence and then a while powder. Whats that. Then you cooled the chocolate and added it. What the white powder you added

    • MEHEDI
      MEHEDI Month ago

      probably powdered sugar

  • Barbara Von Traumer
    Barbara Von Traumer 2 months ago +2

    She’s my favorite! There’s something so beautiful and caring about her.

    • Robert Neary
      Robert Neary 2 months ago

      Barbara Von Traumer Hello cutie how are you doing nice to meet you. am looking for someone I can enjoy growing old with. Friendship first, get to know each other and let the rest take care of itself. The real work of a relationship is to first become a worthy friend. Best case scenario, the sparks will fly,worst case, you will have gained a good and loyal friend.

  • Dahlia Fouad
    Dahlia Fouad 2 months ago

    Could you please tell me why the cake cracked open and shows no consistent structure. ..I followed the steps right. .?

  • Joshua Tutt
    Joshua Tutt 2 months ago

    Definitely trying this cake, I just love me some Ina!!!!!

  • Kat F
    Kat F 2 months ago +1

    This is my chocolate cake go to recipe! Its insane, and the block chocolate is very important! So is the coffee.

    • Robert Neary
      Robert Neary 2 months ago

      Kat F Hello cutie how are you doing nice to meet you. am looking for someone I can enjoy growing old with. Friendship first, get to know each other and let the rest take care of itself. The real work of a relationship is to first become a worthy friend. Best case scenario, the sparks will fly,worst case, you will have gained a good and loyal friend.

  • Sarvani Nori
    Sarvani Nori 2 months ago

    I thought her name was Barefoot for the longest time until I saw the title of this video

  • Sarah Robertson
    Sarah Robertson 2 months ago +6

    I put strong coffee in my brownies and people rave for days over them!

    • K G
      K G 2 months ago +1

      Good for u

  • Layput
    Layput 2 months ago

    I hate chocolate cakes

  • Ruben Fierro
    Ruben Fierro 2 months ago

    She goes straight to the point, and doesn't talk much, I'm making this cake tonight.

    • Kim Brûlée
      Kim Brûlée 2 months ago

      Just make it! I bought my ingredients now I too plan WHEN to make it haha!!

  • Saturn130709 1
    Saturn130709 1 2 months ago

    so good to baked