SugarLou’s Basic Moist Chocolate Cake: Rich and Sinfully Decadent

Back away from those store-bought cakes. You deserve SugarLou’s Basic Moist Chocolate Cake as a rich and sinfully decadent treat to satisfy your chocolate craving. It’s perfect when you need a quick pick-me-up to make your day right again.


This recipe makes one 8-inch round cake

SugarLou’s Basic Moist Chocolate Cake

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fine white sugar
  • ½ cup premium Cocoa Powder (Tip: Try Ghirardelli or equivalent high quality brand. The quality of cocoa powder you use is important and makes a difference)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon almond essence
  • ¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ¾ cup strong black coffee, hot
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • SugarLou’s Rich Chocolate Ganache




  1. Preheat oven to 175° C.
  2. Prepare one 8-inch round cake pan (grease your pans with butter and dust with flour).
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add in the brown sugar, fine white sugar and salt.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla and beat lightly with a fork.
  6. Add milk mixture to the dry ingredients and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  7. While you’re beating your mixture, slowly pour the coffee in a steady stream.
  8. Pour the batter into your prepared pan. (Batter will be thin and runny.)
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes (every oven is slightly different so to be sure your cake is ready, stick a toothpick or satay stick into the middle of your cake after 30 minutes. If it comes out clean it’s done).
  10. Cool on wire racks for 20 minutes then gently invert onto racks until completely cool.
  11. For a truly decadent chocolate cake, prepare chocolate ganache and pour over the cake. So good.
I love the dark-chocolatey-sheen of chocolate ganache on my basic moist chocolate cakes!


Embrace the dark side – you know you want to. If you like beautiful cakes, follow me on Instagram or Facebook. Don’t forget to hashtag #butterkicap if you make this.

Yasmin Hasan

Guest Baker

Being a former news anchor, student of architecture and self-professed beauty addict, Yasmin Hasan prefers her cakes sky high and pretty as a picture. She first fell in love with cakes due to pregnancy cravings and has never recovered. From baking for her family to now having her own home cake business called SugarLou, named after her daughter who started it all; every cake she creates is made from scratch, with only the best ingredients and always a healthy serving of love.

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