12 Layer Chocolate Cake (video)

12 layer chocolate cake slice

Because sometimes a simple, two-layer chocolate cake recipe is simply not enough! My 12 Layer Chocolate Cake takes cake to a whole new level with alternating layers of dark and white chocolate and frosted with the silkiest French buttercream. I also add a simple whipped cream frosting to the sides and top. For the finishing touches, I add a chocolate wrap and delicate chocolate garnishes to take the cake over the top!

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How It’s Made!

For this 12 layer cake, I used my ‘Perfect Chocolate Cake‘ recipe and my ‘Basic Vanilla Cake’ recipe; both from my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series. These recipes for chocolate and vanilla cake are perfect for this layered cake, and you can use it for all your cake recipes. The recipes yield a very delicate, fluffy, moist and perfectly delicious cake layer every time!

12 layer chocolate cake slice with chocolate buttercream

Chocolate Cake Recipe

Get the recipe for this chocolate cake recipe here: https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/perfect-chocolate-cake/

Vanilla Cake Recipe

Get the recipe for the vanilla cake here: https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/simple-vanilla-cake/

French Buttercream Frosting

For the frosting, I went with my new favorite buttercream recipe – chocolate French buttercream. If you haven’t had a chance to try this frosting, you’re in for a treat! It’s not too sweet, super silky and ultra rich! For this 12 layer cake, I made 1 1/2 portions of the recipe – get those ingredients below! In other words, the best buttercream recipe out there!

chocolate cake recipe with chocolate cake wrap

The Chocolate Cake Wrap

What better way to garnish a 12 layer chocolate cake than with more chocolate?! I have a separate tutorial for the chocolate wrap and chocolate garnishes. Make sure to watch it! It’s super fun to make these garnishes and you’ll be able to make any cake look beautiful and professional! https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/chocolate-cake-wrap/

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12 Layer Chocolate Cake (video)

2 hours prep + 29 minutes cook
16 servings
Stunning and extra tall, 12-layer chocolate cake with alternating white and dark chocolate layers!


  • 1 recipe ‘Perfect Chocolate Cake’
  • 1 recipe ‘Basic Vanilla Cake’

For French Buttercream:

  • 6 egg yolks, plus 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup minus 2 tbsp water
  • 3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of fine salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

For Chocolate Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate liqueur
  • For Whipped Cream Frosting, optional
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, optional


  • Prepare the chocolate and vanilla cake layers first. Prepare one batch of each recipe, dividing the batter among 3, 8-inch round cake pans. Bake the layers at 350F for 27 to 29 minutes. Allow the layers to cool completely, then use a long serrated knife to split the layers in half, creating 12 layers total.
  • Prepare the chocolate French buttercream next. I use 1 1/2 portions of the recipe, listing the ingredients above. If you prefer to have a lot of frosting on your cake, or you don’t want to make the whipped cream frosting, simply double the buttercream recipe.
  • For the whipped cream; optional: in a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese for a few minutes until it’s creamy. Add the melted white chocolate and vanilla and mix again until smooth. Wait for the mixture to cool, then add the whipped cream. Beat for 4 to 5 minutes on high speed until the frosting forms stiff peaks.
  • For the syrup, simply combine the water and chocolate liqueur in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  • To assemble the cake, soak each layer lightly with the chocolate syrup, then frost with the French buttercream. To ensure the tall cake stays even and stable, make sure the first 3 to 4 layers are as straight and even as you can possibly make them.
  • After stacking all 12 layers, frost the top and sides of the cake with a crumb coat and level with a spatula. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, then frost with more buttercream or use the whipped cream frosting to finish frosting the cake.
  • Garnish the cake with a chocolate cake wrap and chocolate garnishes.