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Chocolate Layer Cake with Buttercream and Drip Glaze

Chocolate Layer Cake

A sumptuous three layer chocolate cake, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped off with a rich chocolate drip glaze. It’s a real crowd pleaser and perfect for any special occasion. Who doesn’t adore chocolate layer cake?

When I was asked to bake a cake for a rather sad occasion last week, I thought I’d try out one of Will Torrent’s recipes from his book Chocolate at Home. Or two of them as it turned out. I adapted his Nans’ chocolate fudge cake recipe to make it into a three layered cake. But then topped it with a chocolate glaze from his recipe for salted caramel & rum top hat cake.

Chocolate Layer Cake

I used my usual mix of half wholemeal and half white flour, substituted coffee for the vanilla and milk and used dark muscovado sugar rather than light. I didn’t get to try the finished item, but with three layers of cake, three layers of buttercream icing and chocolate glaze, it looked to be a good one. Strangely, I did get to try the icing and glaze – *innocent face* – so I do know they passed muster.

Chocolate Layer Cake

Luckily, I did get some very positive feedback from some of the people who tried it. Apparently, it disappeared all too quickly.

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Chocolate Layer Cake – The Recipe

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Chocolate Layer Cake

A sumptuous three layer chocolate cake, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped off with a rich chocolate glaze.
Prep Time1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: buttercream, cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, coffee, layer cake
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Choclette


For the Cake

  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 125 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 250 g flour - half wholemeal, half plain
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of fine sea or rock salt (I used Himalayan pink sea salt)
  • 100 ml strong coffee

For the Buttercream Icing

  • 100 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp strong coffee

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • 50 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp golden syrup
  • 10 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g dark 70% chocolate


For the Cake

  • Cream the butter and sugars together for a good few minutes until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the cocoa until well combined.
  • Beat in the eggs one by one, adding a little flour if the mixture looks like curdling.
  • Sieve in the flour and fold in alternately with the coffee until just combined.
  • Divide between three 20 cm (8") cake pans (you will need to grease and line these if not silicone).
  • Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 25 minutes.
  • Leave in the pans to cool for ten minutes or so, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Buttercream Icing

  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a pan of hot water - make sure the pan doesn't touch the water. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the syrup and cocoa.
  • Beat in the coffee, followed by the chocolate.

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • Place all of the ingredients into a small pan and set over a low heat until the chocolate has melted.
  • Stir until smooth and allow to cool a little.

To assemble

  • Spread the buttercream equally over the top of the three cakes, then stack them one on top of the other.
  • Pour the glaze over the top layer of buttercream. Spread it to cover the top, allowing some to drip down the sides.
  • Decorate as wished or leave plain.


Adapted from Will Torrent's, Chocolate at Home


We Should Cocoa LogoI am of course entering this into We Should Cocoa which is being hosted by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake this month. She’s on a bit of a layer cake mission at the moment, she’s made at least four this month.

With four large eggs in the mix, this chocolate layer cake has to go to Dom’s new challenge Simply Eggcellent over at Belleau Kitchen.

This also goes to Ness over at JibberJabberUK for Love Cake as this fits nicely into the theme of It’s in the Book. I adapted the chocolate fudge cake recipe from Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent.

And I haven’t entered Cook Blog Share for a while, so this is being sent in Lucy’s direction over at SuperGolden Bakes.


  1. Ness @ JibberJabberUK

    22nd March 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t get to try it yourself due to the sad occasion. It looks delicious so I hope you get the chance to try it another time. Thanks for linking up.

    • Choclette

      22nd March 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Ness, I suspect I may find occasion to make it again 😉

  2. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    22nd March 2015 at 9:26 pm

    sorry to hear about the sad occasion too. It does look very tasty indeed and I believe Will Torrent is a master of chocolate recipes so a good book to refer to!

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks Lucy. Are you following Will on Instagram? He has the most mouthwatering pictures 😉

  3. Janie

    23rd March 2015 at 9:36 am

    Wow, love the idea of all those layers of different flavours. The icing ingredients sound particularly tempting, I’ve never put golden syrup in an icing but can see how it could work. Pinning to remind me Choccy 😉

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Janie. Golden syrup, gives a bit of a fudgy taste and consistency which HAS to be a good thing 😉

  4. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    23rd March 2015 at 11:51 am

    I need to experiment with chocolate fudge cakes, I don’t think I’ve ever made a proper one! I am sure the recipients appreciated your cake very much. Thanks for making it a layer one to submit to We Should Cocoa!

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Never made a chocolate fudge cake Sarah? Well there is still time to get another layer cake made this month 😉 Thank YOU for hosting this time around.

  5. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    23rd March 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Yummy! I hadn’t heard of Will but I’m off to follow him on Instagram now!

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Comes with a warning Kerry – you will want chocolate!

  6. Karen

    23rd March 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Chocolate and fudge and layers? You are spoiling us all Choclette! What a fab looking cake! Karen

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Karen, I sadly didn’t get to indulge myself on this occasion, so I’m thinking I might just have to make it again 😉

  7. Gina

    23rd March 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Looks absolutely stunning. I definitely want to try this. I like the idea of dark muscovado sugar as opposed to other brown sugars bc it has such a nice flavour that I’m sure goes great with the chocolate ! 🙂 xx

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Absolutely Gina, it gives a nice fudgy quality too. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Stephanie

    23rd March 2015 at 8:04 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious but sorry to hear of the sad occasion x

  9. Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

    23rd March 2015 at 9:10 pm

    The cake looks amazing and so chocolicious.I would love a slice or two.

    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Nayna, there’s no doubt about it, it’s going to have to be made again!

  10. Heidi Roberts

    23rd March 2015 at 9:56 pm

    There is never a ‘wrong’ time for chocolate cake – this one looks divine!

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 8:26 am

      Ah, you’re a woman after my own heart Heidi, thank you 🙂

  11. Jo

    24th March 2015 at 12:54 am

    Looks like a mighty fine chocolate cake. I like the sound of dark muscovado sugar in the sponge and golden syrup in the icing. May have to try this recipe when I have my next urge for chocolate cake.

    P.S. Your new website is looking very swish!

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Jo. I’m glad you like my new site. There’s still plenty of work to do on it, but it’s getting there. As for the cake, I didn’t get to try it, but the feedback was good.

  12. Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    24th March 2015 at 8:56 am

    Congrats on the new site! What a glorious chocolate cake – shame you didn’t get to try it (but for the icing!). Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Lucy, it just means I have an excuse to make it again 😉

  13. Dom

    24th March 2015 at 2:13 pm

    i’m sure i commented on this but i’m also possibly going mad!… what a glorious chocolate cake. Love the mix of flours and love the golden syrup in the icing. Very special! A massive massive slice please. Thanks so much for the amazing Simply Eggcellent entry x

    • Choclette

      24th March 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I haven’t been eating your comments, promise Dom. There is something rather glorious about three layered cakes and this is only the 2nd one I’ve ever made – shocking really.

  14. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    24th March 2015 at 11:01 pm

    All sad occasions should have a cake like this to make them feel a tiny bit better! It looks like you did the request proud…… A stupendous example of how a chocolate cake should be!

    • Choclette

      25th March 2015 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Kate, you always say the nicest things 🙂

  15. 12 chocolate layer cakes: We Should Cocoa piles on the layers - Maison Cupcake

    26th March 2015 at 10:11 pm

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  16. Phil in the Kitchen

    2nd April 2015 at 11:29 pm

    That looks a very serious, very delicious, very inviting chocolate cake. Very, very special. I love the new look site, by the way, and I apologise for not saying so sooner.

    • Choclette

      3rd April 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Haha Phil, a serious chocolate cake indeed. So glad you found the new site (and like it), it was a all a bit of a rush before I moved and I didn’t have a chance to let people know.


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