Best Chocolate Cake

The  Best Chocolate Cake Recipe made with layers of moist chocolate cake and a rich dulce de leche cream and topped with crushed wafers. The cake is so easy to make and tastes wonderful!

If you like chocolate in cakes, try the Chocolate Coffee Cake or the rich Chocolate Nutella Cake.

Chocolate cake on a plate topped with a dulce de leche cream.

This chocolate cake is SO GOOD! The cake layers are so soft and moist and once the dulce de leche cream penetrates into the layers, it’s so rich. If you like chocolate, you need to give this homemade cake a try.

how to make the best chocolate cake recipe-

  • Prepare two baking pans
  • Prepare cake layers: Beat together eggs and sugar on high for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked condensed milk and sour cream and mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa.
  • Slow add in flour and mix until well incorporated.
  • Evenly divide batter and bake. Once layers are cooled, cut each cake in half so you will have four layers.
  • Prepare the cream: Beat butter, once smooth slowly add in the dulce de leche.
  • Assemble cake– Add the first layer on the tray. Top with cream.
  • Continue with the remaining layers. Cover the top and sides of the cake with cream.
  • Crush the chocolate wafers until they are very fine.
  • Generously cover the top of the cake with some wafers.
  • For decor, drizzle some of the cream over top of the cake, this is optional.
  • Enjoy, friends.

This homemade chocolate cake on a plate topped with drizzle and chocolate wafers.

Though the cake looks really simple, you WILL be impressed with the taste of it. It’s so so good.

other desserts to try:

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Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Rich and soft chocolate layers with a dulce de leche and butter cream topped with chocolate wafers.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chocolate cake recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner




  • 1 can dulce de leche
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 3/4 cup chocolate wafers


  • Beat eggs and sugar at high speed for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime in a bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa. Set aside.
  • Add 1/2 cup dulce de leche and the sour cream to the eggs/sugar and mix about half a minute. The remaining will be used for the cream.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix about a minute.
  • Prepare 2 (9×13) pans. Cover with parchment paper. Lightly spray with baking spray and dust with flour. Divide the batter equally amongst the two pans and bake in a preheated over to 355° for 12-15 minutes. Check for readiness with a toothpick.
  • Once completely cooled, cut each cake in half so you will have four layers.

Prepare the cream

  • Beat the butter at medium speed for a minute. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add the dulce de leche. (1 can plus the remaining unused can of milk from the batter).
  • Place the bottom part of one of the cake and this will be 1st layer. Set it down same way as is with the part that was cut facing up. Spread a generous portion of the cream.
  • Place the 2nd layer with the top facing down and the middle part facing up. Cover with cream. Repeat with remaining layers and cream.
  • Reserve about two tablespoon of cream so it can be used for decor, this is optional.
  • Chop 1 3/4 cups chocolate waters. Grind or blend wafers until they are very fine.
  • Generously cover the top of cake with the some wafers.
  • Place the leftover cream in a small Ziploc, snip off an edge of the bag and drizzle atop cake. I just make zigzag lines sideways.
Nutrition Facts
Best Chocolate Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 317mg14%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 22 Comments
  • Larisa 05/06/2018, 1:53 am Link Reply

    This cake is one of my favorites from your blog. Very tasty. But today I noticed that the amounts of flour and baking soda are different in the print out format. Did you make the changes or that was an accident? I wonder if the 2 cups of flour instead of 1 2/3 cups (how it’s typed in the begining of recipe), will make batter too thick? And only 1.5 tsp of baking soda? Not 2?

    • admin 05/09/2018, 5:11 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Larisa. 🙂
      Thanks so much for catching that. The updates are right (I fixed them all), I guess my brain wasn’t functioning right when I was making the changes (insert embarrassed emoji, hehe). I LOVE this cake as well. The pictures don’t do this cake justice. It’s amazing. <3 Thanks so much for being a part of our online family, we're blessed to have you.

  • Leah 04/13/2016, 11:13 am Link Reply

    Hi! I was wondering where you got the chocolate wafers from, and what kind did you use? Thanks 🙂

    • admin 04/14/2016, 12:04 am Link Reply

      Hi Leah!!:) You can use any chocolate wafers, whatever your local grocery store carries. They’re usually in the cookies isle. They have them in vanilla, strawberry or chocolate. Voortman is a company that makes some. If for some reason you can’t find some, you can just do chocolate shavings instead. Happy Baking!!:)

  • nadia 06/04/2015, 2:47 am Link Reply

    Made this cake today for my sons B-day! Turned out very good. Thanks for great recipes.

  • Lidiya 07/09/2014, 2:48 am Link Reply

    Made this cake last night and finished it today, will try it tomorrow =) (Work in Progress)
    I followed all the directions
    but made a round cake instead of rectangular since I dont have a plate for it
    And for one of the layers I made a strawberry sauce in a pan (tasted delicious). cant wait to try it =)))

    • admin 07/09/2014, 11:10 am Link Reply

      Oh my that sounds delish. I actually prefer round cakes too=^)… You are making my mouth water…:):)..

  • Irina 05/09/2014, 6:53 pm Link Reply

    For some reason my batter turned out so thick 🙁 I couldn’t even spread it in the pan. Do you know why that could have happened?

    • admin 05/10/2014, 12:26 am Link Reply

      The batter is suppose to be really thick and you should be able to just spread it with a spatula. ;)..

  • oksana 01/17/2014, 11:16 pm Link Reply

    Made the cake today. really yummy.

    • admin 01/22/2014, 6:02 pm Link Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. :).:).

  • Nadia 11/02/2013, 2:16 am Link Reply

    What a delightful cake!!! I love your recipes!

    • admin 11/02/2013, 5:35 pm Link Reply

      You’re too kind. Appreciate the comment:)..

  • Jessica 10/28/2013, 8:17 pm Link Reply

    wow why so much butter for the cream??? thats a lot!!!!! add suggestions i can substitute it with??

    • admin 10/29/2013, 7:33 pm Link Reply

      You use 1 1/2 cans of cooked condensed milk, if you use less it will be too runny. You can try using less but honestly with that much condensed milk you can’t taste the butter. This particular cake really won’t taste good with a different cream…

  • Mariyka 10/22/2013, 8:07 pm Link Reply

    Hey Val, do u add any vinegar to baking soda?

    • admin 10/23/2013, 12:33 pm Link Reply

      Nope not in this cake..=)

  • Luba 09/22/2013, 12:26 am Link Reply

    Mmmm this cake looks yummy! Definitely adding it to my list of recipes to try!

  • Vera 09/18/2013, 1:40 pm Link Reply

    i will be making this tonight! it looks so delicious! Good job with the blog by the way!!

    • admin 09/19/2013, 10:22 am Link Reply

      Let me know how you guys like it. And thanks for the comments. I can’t say I really know what I am fully doing on here but it’s a work in progress!!=)

  • Kristen Cherevko 09/16/2013, 12:55 pm Link Reply

    whats it drizzled with

    • admin 09/16/2013, 2:33 pm Link Reply

      I just left a few tablespoons of the cream that I used and drizzled it with that.. =)

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