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Flavorful Chocolate Spice Cake Recipe [2022] (Yummiest!)

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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices


The best chocolate spice cake recipe, ideal for fall and holiday gatherings! You’ll love this old-fashioned chocolate spice cake recipe – buttermilk, molasses, and warm spices make this a rich, moist, flavorful cake, and an incredible cream cheese frosting ties it all together!


  • baking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg – freshly grated, if possible
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • pinch black pepper – freshly cracked
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper – optional
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  •  cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 cup buttermilk – room temperature
  • ¾ cup hot brewed coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and lightly coat with baking spray.
  2. Spray with baking soda
  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the vegetable oil until the dry ingredients are well coated, then add the eggs, vanilla extract, and molasses.
  5. Stir in the buttermilk until combined, then add the hot coffee.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cake layers slightly in the pans before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 12 slices
  • Calories: 593kcal
  • Sugar: 90g
  • Sodium: 537mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 111g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg

Keywords: Cake dessert, spice chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cake, chocolate spice cake