Buttermilk Chocolate Cake Recipe

A Heavenly Chocolate Treat

I discovered this cake recipe years ago, and it's been a favorite in my house since. The best part is that you ice the cake while it's still warm so the glaze melts and soaks into the cake, making it even more sweet and moist. Also being able to frost the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven is a huge time saver! Moist and delicious, you will have a hard time saying no to this baby!


2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup margarine or butter

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Grease and flour a 9x13 inch cake pan. In large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a small saucepan bring butter, cocoa, and water to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Beat into flour mixture. Then beat in eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool about 15 minutes, and then frost when warm.

Buttermilk Brownie Icing

1/4 cups butter
2 1/4 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons buttermilk

Melt butter in a small saucepan, then stir in the cocoa and buttermilk.

Heat butter, cocoa, and buttermilk in small saucepan, stirring until butter is melted and the mixture is warm. Remove from heat and beat in icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans and pour over the warm brownies, spreading evenly. The icing will melt and spread all over, but as the brownies cool it will set up.

Makes 24 slices

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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