Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic dessert that will never go out of style. Rich, moist cake studded with big chunks of chocolate is topped with thick swirls of tangy cream cheese frosting. - Foxes Love Lemons

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from Harvest Chocolate

We all need a classic chocolate cake recipe that is our go-to recipe that we keep tucked away somewhere safe and take out anytime we need to make a chocolate birthday cake, celebration cake, or the cake you are just craving to enjoy. This is that cake, so make sure to bookmark the recipe, make a copy for your recipe box, and keep it as your secret go-to chocolate cake recipe. 

Let's dive in!


For the Chocolate Cake:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 8 ounces Harvest Snacking Chocolate - pick your favorite variety! Guatemala, HaitiCosta Rica, Ecuador, Ghana

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
We made this recipe in collaboration with our good friend Lori from Foxes Love Lemons. Lori is a Detroit-area culinary school graduate, food photographer, recipe developer and english muffin fanatic. Check out her blog where she posts simple, yet special original recipes for the "home chef" -- including this Chocolate Cake Recipe. Head to the link below for the full recipe + instructions! 

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Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Harvest Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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