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Whole Grain Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings (One 2-layer 8-inch cake) 1x


Looking for an easy way to incorporate healthier ingredients in your baked goods? Our whole grain chocolate cake is a great place to start.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee, warm


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper, and lightly spray again.
  2. Sift together the sugar, flour, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. With the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients together on medium speed until a thick batter forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and briefly mix again.
  5. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the warm coffee to the batter. Increase the speed to medium, and continue mixing for another 2-3 minutes to create a thin, smooth batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  7. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes. Turn the cake out of the pans onto a cooling rack, remove the parchment paper, turn right side up, and allow to cool completely.
  8. Decorate and serve!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: whole wheat flour, whole grain, chocolate