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10 Inch Chocolate Cake

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Sometimes life calls for a big chocolate cake. When it does, this is the recipe for you! This 10-inch chocolate cake is enough to feed about 40 people. It is super moist and pairs well with the chocolate buttercream. Add the optional raspberry filling to make an extra special treat.

Two pieces of rich chocolate cake with three layers of cake, chocolate frosting, and raspberry filling with remaining cake in background.

This might just be the most moist chocolate cake you have ever tried. It is rich, soft, and full of flavor.

The best part is, it is also huge. It is three layers of 10-inch cake, making it one beast of a dessert.

I made it as the groom’s cake for my cousin’s wedding, but it would also work great for birthday parties and other special occasions.

The Cake Batter

This recipe pulls out all of the tricks for making an excellent chocolate cake. Blooming cocoa powder in a hot liquid helps bring out a deeper color and richer chocolate flavor.

Adding a bit of coffee also enhances the chocolate without giving a coffee flavor. To make this batter, you use both tricks by blooming the cocoa powder in hot coffee.

Ingredients including coffee, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, eggs, oil, and water ready to be made into cake.

The rest of the batter is pretty simple to put together. Because it uses oil instead of butter, there is no waiting for anything to soften.

I still use my mixer, but really, you could make this cake in a large mixing bowl with a whisk if you prefer. The batter is really loose and liquid-y, so it is easy to stir by hand.

Start by combining the dry ingredients in the mixer. Add the eggs, oil, and water and beat on medium for two minutes.

Then, you add the bloomed cocoa powder and coffee mixture. It will likely feel like you did something wrong because the batter is so thin, but it’s supposed to be that way.

Ladle about 3 cups of batter into each prepared 10-inch pan and bake it until the top springs back when lightly touched with a finger.

This cake is super moist, so using parchment rounds is recommended to keep it from sticking to the pan.

Because the cakes are so soft and moist, they are easiest to decorate from frozen. So go ahead and wrap the cooled cakes in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer for a few hour or even a couple of weeks before proceeding.

The Chocolate Buttercream

A giant chocolate cake calls for plenty of chocolate buttercream. You need a fair amount to be able to coat all of those layers and make a frosting dam for the filling.

Chocolate buttercream ingredients including powdered sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, cocoa powder, milk, and salt.

This recipe includes plenty more cocoa powder for yummy chocolate flavor. It also helps to cut the sweetness of the powdered sugar, so it makes a nice balance.

The coffee extract is optional, but it does boost the chocolate flavor even more.

You could probably get away with a little less frosting, but I find it is best to have plenty. You can always use any extra on graham crackers or freeze it for later.

Making more frosting in the middle of decorating a cake is not a hassle I want to mess with. So erring on the side of extra is my preference.

Assembling the Cake

Start by putting just a little bit of frosting on the cake plate or cake drum. Then, add a layer of frozen chocolate cake.

About 2/3 cup of frosting is enough to give you a good layer of frosting on the cake. Then, use roughly a 1/2 cup for the dam if you are using filling.

If you are skipping the raspberry filling, I would go ahead and use that extra buttercream between the cake layers. That way, you have a nice separation between cakes.

Spread some raspberry filling or raspberry preserves on the cake, then add the next cake layer. Repeat the process on the second layer before adding your final layer of cake.

I used about one and a half cups of frosting for the crumb coat. Because the cakes are cold, it won’t take more than a couple of minutes in the refrigerator to set the frosting.

Then, use the rest to do your final coat. My cousin wanted her wedding cake to have the birch bark look, so we mimicked that on the groom’s cake as well.

How do you cut a 10-inch cake?

Of course you can cut the cake however you would like. But a wedge of 10-inch cake is a lot for one person to take on.

You can use the slab method, but there are a few pieces that are almost all frosting using that method. So I prefer to do more of a wheel and spoke method.

To get maximum servings out of the cake without getting pieces that are all frosting, you will want to start by cutting a 6-inch circle in the center of the cake. Then, cut the outer ring into quarters.

Cut each of those quarters into three or four pieces depending on how many servings you are planning to get out of the cake. Finally, cut the 6-inch cake into wedges.

You can get the idea in the diagram. You can easily get 40 small pieces from the cake or 30 larger ones.

How do you store a 10-inch cake?

Store the frosted cake covered at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you have a big cake dome, that will work well.

I bought extra large cake carriers to keep them fresh. For longer storage, freeze individual slices for an easy treat later.

Bite of rich chocolate cake on fork, ready to eat with remaining slice on plate showing dark chocolate cake, plenty of chocolate buttercream, and some raspberry filling.

If you are storing unfrosted cake layers, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them at room temperature for 1 day. Any longer than that, wrap them and freeze them until you are ready to decorate the cake.

For another nice big cake, check out my recipe for 10-inch vanilla cake. It is also moist and delicious and made for a really yummy wedding cake.

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Two pieces of rich chocolate cake with three layers of cake, chocolate frosting, and raspberry filling with remaining cake in background.

10 Inch Chocolate Cake

Servings: 40 Servings
Author: Carlee
Sometimes life calls for a big chocolate cake. When it does, this is the recipe for you! This 10 inch chocolate cake is enough to feed about 40 people. It is super moist and pairs well with the chocolate buttercream. Add the optional raspberry filling to make an extra special treat.
5 from 4 ratings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


Cake Batter

  • 2 cups hot coffee
  • cups cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • cups shortening
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar + 2 cups
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 18 ounces raspberry jam optional
Makes: 10inch round7inch height



  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease three 10-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together hot coffee and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    2 cups hot coffee, 1½ cups cocoa powder
  • In mixer bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
    1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 3½ cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 Tablespoon baking soda, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, 4 cups granulated sugar
  • Add eggs, oil, and water. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
    4 large eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups water
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and drizzle in coffee and cocoa powder mixture. Mix until incorporated. The batter will be thin.
  • Pour about 4 cups into each of the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 42-47 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then tip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks before decorating.


  • Cream together the butter and shortening until smooth, creamy, and lump free.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 1½ cups shortening
  • Add the cocoa powder. Mix on medium speed until combined. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
    1 cup cocoa powder
  • Add remaining ingredients. Mix with paddle attachment on low until combined, then on medium for 5 minutes.
    1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon coffee extract, 6 Tablespoons milk, 2 pounds powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon salt


  • Put a little bit of frosting in the middle of the cake plate. Top with 1 layer of frozen chocolate cake.
  • Spread about ⅔ cup of frosting over the top of the cake layer. Use about ½ cup of frosting as a dam around the edge of the cake.
  • Spread ½ of the raspberry filling in the space inside the frosting dam.
    18 ounces raspberry jam
  • Top with second cake layer and repeat the process.
  • Add final cake layer and use about 1½ cups of frosting as a crumb coat. Chill until set.
  • Use remaining frosting to put on a final coat.


Calories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 2gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 172IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Friday 6th of October 2023

That diagram of how to cut the big cake is so helpful! I guess I need to buy another 10 inch cake pan, lol.


Friday 6th of October 2023

Thank you! I tried cutting them a few ways, and that was my favorite way. All of the outside pieces get a reasonable amount of frosting and the people who aren't too into frosting can eat the middle pieces.