EatingWell's Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake


This foolproof cake is one of our most popular recipes. Dutch-process cocoa is preferred here for its deep chocolate flavor.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
16 servings



  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose white flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup hot strong black coffee


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1-2 tablespoons buttermilk, or low-fat milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12-cup Bundt pan or coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Dust the pan with flour, invert and shake out the excess.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Whisk in hot coffee until completely incorporated. (The batter will be quite thin.)

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan and let cool completely.

  4. To make icing: In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough of the buttermilk or milk to make a thick but pourable icing. Set the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the icing over the top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
5g Fat
48g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 4g 7%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Vitamin A 44IU 1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 46mcg 11%
Sodium 362mg 16%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 142mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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