Makes 12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Spoon cake batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Step 2

Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

Step 3

Spread Cream Cheese-Butter Pecan Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Pwd4me's Review

March 03, 2014
I wanted more chocolate in my cake and added 1/2 cup of cocoa to the recipe. 3 cake pans are necessary. Batter seems thin after adding the cup of hot water but it turns out great! Everyone loved the cake; I will be making it again. I frosted it with buttermilk-cream cheese frosting and used chocolate cream filling between the layers.

gourmetsuzanne's Review

December 26, 2013
I made this cake for Christmas 2013. It was well worth the effort. It is my favorite cake I've ever made. It is wonderfully rich and sweet all together. I did everything according to the directions and I couldn't be more pleased!

Grannyloo's Review

December 12, 2013

bakerjules's Review

December 13, 2012
I have baked this cake for years and it has become known as the "Heaven" cake. Someone once told me this cake will be on the table in Heaven when we get there; it is that good. I make the batter exactly as published but I have changed the icing a little. I cut the cream cheese and the powdered sugar amounts in half. I only use one 8 oz package of cream cheese and 16 oz of powdered sugar. This amount still makes plenty of icing to cover the cake but not so sweet and rich. Absolutely the best cake ever!!

MLov33's Review

November 09, 2012

Sept2405's Review

December 21, 2011

MemeSharon's Review

September 08, 2011
I have made this cake numerous times and it is fantastic and gets rave reviews from everyone. It is one of the easiest cakes I have made and it is very moist. Not for dieters but worth it!

cindylou52's Review

April 28, 2011
Not a fan. I am an experienced baker (30 years plus) and this cake was the biggest flop ever. The cake would NOT come out of the pan (and the pans were well greased and floured) - after tearing them apart to get them out of the pan, the icing would not stay on the cake because it crumbled as i iced it. Pretty upset as I am having out of town guests in an hour and i have no dessert! I have the cake in the freezer now to see it freezing it will help the icing adhere. Not sure what i did wrong, but won't be making this one again! Note to others.....if you are having guests and decide to make this cake, you might want to rethink it! Practice first. If any of you have ideas what i could have done wrong, i would love to hear your thoughts!

StacyCrofford's Review

April 15, 2010
This is the best cake I have ever made it. I have made it on several occasions and never had it not turn out. I have never served this and not had people oh and ah over it and ask for the recipe. FABULOUS!! No deviation from the recipe - it's perfect as is.

monogramjane's Review

January 07, 2010
Heard about this cake from a friend. I made this cake for our family Christmas party and my husband said it is the best cake he has ever eaten. Very decadent and easy to make. Will definitely make this recipe again! I might increase frosting to a recipe and an additional half.