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Vanilla Buttermilk Layer Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

A delicious vanilla buttermilk layer cake topped with a fluffy, sweet cocoa frosting.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting #buttermilk #cake #layercake #dessert #tableforsevenblog #cocoa

Over the summer, I took a cake decorating class.

It was just a three week course at a local craft store. They covered your “basics”. How to frost a cake correcting, use a piping bag and pretty much, make your bake goods look pretty.

It was fun and I did, in fact, learn some things.

This is why you guys see a bit more decorations on my cake/pie posts the last few months. I’m not an expert, by any means, but, it’s been fun adding small decorative touches here and there.

This cake is one of those that I gave a little decorative touch to. 🙂

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting #buttermilk #cake #layercake #dessert #tableforsevenblog #cocoa

We have a vanilla buttermilk layer cake and it’s frosted with a very dreamy fluffy cocoa frosting. The cocoa frosting is not your average chocolate, but, is a marshmallow-fluff type frosting. It’s made with egg whites and corn syrup. Not overly sweet and just the right amount of chocolate flavor.

It’s just soooo good.

I colored some of my frosting (about a cup?) with some pink food dye and piped a little edge of the top. Nothing fancy. But, it does add a little something extra to it. This is of course, is not necessary. You can frost this up anyway you like. Also, if you do have any extra frosting, be sure keep it in the fridge!

A great cake that is totally versatile. If you don’t want to do the cocoa frosting, your favorite buttercream frosting. An flavor will work with this cake.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting #buttermilk #cake #layercake #dessert #tableforsevenblog #cocoa
Yield: Serves: 8-10

Vanilla Buttermilk Layer Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Fluffy Cocoa Frosting #buttermilk #cake #layercake #dessert #tableforsevenblog #cocoa

A delicious vanilla buttermilk layer cake topped with a fluffy, sweet cocoa frosting.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 TBSP light corn syrup
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour 2- 9 inch round pans.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add in vanilla. Then, add in eggs, one at a time. Beat for approx 3 minutes. Until mixture is fully combined.
  4. Add in buttermilk and flour mixture. Alternating between the two until combined. Be sure to scrape the bowl well to incorporate everything.
  5. Divide batter equally between the two pans.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cakes cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pans. Then, cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
  1. In a small saucepan, add corn syrup and sugar. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Let mixture come to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Beat egg whites on high until soft peaks form.
  3. Once peaks are formed, pour warm corn syrup in a steady stream into the egg whites.
  4. Continue beating until peaks are stiff.
  5. Gradually whisk cocoa powder into mixture. Just until combined.
  6. Frost on cooled cake.
  7. Store any leftovers in covered container in refrigerator.


  • frosting adapted from Karo Syrup
  • cake adapted from NY Times

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

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Alexandra Richards

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Yum! Looks delicious, and fun with the different colors. Pinning. Visiting from the Inspiration Monday party with Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty


Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Thanks for dropping by Alexandra and the pin!

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