Sue B. and Fuzz G.’s Chocolate Cake

We don’t know who Sue B. is, but she makes a good chocolate cake! At least according to Fuzz, who chose this cake as today’s recipe and did most of the baking.  Good job, Fuzz!

Fuzz With Cake

This delicious cake is perfect for novice (or 8 year old) bakers since it doesn’t involve any creaming and can be made with a whisk and a spoon. And for a cake that’s basically just dumped and mixed together, it has a surprisingly light texture. Compared to the Chocolate Butter Cake from a few days ago, it’s lighter and less tight crumbed. Compared to Favorite Cocoa Layer Cake, it’s just lighter and less dense. Is it our favorite of the 3? I’ll let you know tomorrow once it sets.

Fuzz hopes you like her decorating job. Her plan was to make a giant Mickey Mouse head with red & yellow icing, but it didn’t work out so she made a big red & yellow design and stuck a paper Mickey Mouse in the middle.


Sue B. and Fuzz G.'s Chocolate Cake
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Scratch Chocolate Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (14 oz)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (9 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
  • 1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 1/2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 oz) unsalted or salted butter, room temperature (important)
  • 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 pound powdered sugar (about 3 cups)
  • 4-5 T. buttermilk (or regular milk plus more if needed) — room temperature NOT cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch or two of salt — if using salted butter, omit
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 9-inch round pans with flour-added cooking spray and line bottoms with a round of parchment paper.
  2. Mix cocoa and boiling water together in a small bowl or large measuring cup; set aside.
  3. Mix buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix sugar, flour, salt and baking soda together in a second mixing bowl.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into buttermilk/oil mixture and stir well with a heavy duty rubber scraper. Mix in cocoa mixture – ours was still very warm when we stirred it in. Stir until well mixed (though batter might have a few lumps). Don’t overbeat the flour.
  6. Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn from pans and cool.
  7. Frosting: Melt both chocolates in microwave, double boiler or bowl set over barely simmering water; set aside to cool. Beat the butter until creamy. Make sure it’s not too cold or it might cause the chocolate to re-solidify. Stir in the cocoa power, about a cup of the powdered sugar, and the cooled melted chocolate. Scrape sides of bowl and beat well; add remaining powdered sugar, then add room temperature milk, vanilla and salt, beating and scraping until you get the consistency you like.

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  1. Karen says

    Beautiful job by Fuzz! My 16-year daughter is now the main cake decorator around here, although I’m still the main baker. She does a great job piping borders and greetings on birthday cakes (which are the only cakes that we bother to decorate!)

    P.S. Anna – I made an upside-down chocolate cake flan thing tonight. I first ever saw that on your site, but I used the one from this link below (scratch cake and ten inch pan instead of cake mix and tube pan). It was a lot of fun and really good!

  2. Andrea says

    Beautiful cake Fuzz! Love it!
    I just can’t help noticing how you keep growing. You look much preetier. 🙂

  3. Louise says

    That’s a terrific cake decorating job. And a great photo of Fuzz with her cake. Looking forward to hearing how it is tomorrow.

  4. Therese B. says


    Oh…Anna is so cute! Great work on the cake Fuzz..
    Anna…I can’t believe how grown up she is getting!
    Oh…why does time fly when you have your children?

    Happy Monday!

  5. says

    That looks fantastic! Did you say you like this one better than the butter cake, Anna?
    Just the star placement around the bottom looks great (and like a job I would not enjoy!)

  6. says

    This recipe looks easy and delicious. Next time my niece and nephew come over I’m going to make it with them. My nephew, who is now 7, says chocolate is the most important meal of the day. I couldn’t agree more. Going to post this on my chocolate blog. Hope you don’t mind!

  7. Louise says

    Did you forget to take a photo of a piece of cake before it is all gone? We’re looking forward to seeing it. 🙂

  8. janet says

    I can’t believe how grown up Fuzz looks…is she in a growing spurt? Maybe it’s her hair pulled back? Anyway, she looks very pretty! She did a terrific job on the cake.

  9. Tina says

    I was thinking the same thing about Emma! She looks so mature in this picture. Beautiful as always. I can’t believe how fast time is just flying by seems like the girls just started Kindergarten.

  10. says

    Aww, Fuzz’s decoration is too cute! 🙂 this looks worth trying, as I like to avoid using the mixer whenever I can.

  11. says

    I hope you liked the cake. I’m actually the one who invented it. Sue B. was a fellow poster on the Fine Cooking discussion boards years ago. She had this cake recipe that she loved the flavor of, except that it kept falling in the middle. I’m a very obsessed amateur baker, and I love playing with recipes, so I took her original and reworked it to fix the problem. Since I did it for her, I named it after her as well.

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