Shadow Cake Recipe

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Shadow Cake Recipe

A shadow cake is an impressive dessert that combines layers of chocolate and vanilla cake to create a visually stunning effect. The contrasting colors of the cake layers give it a shadow-like appearance, hence the name. This recipe will guide you through the process of making this delicious and eye-catching dessert.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup hot water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Stir in the hot water until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Yields: 10 servings

A delicious and visually stunning Shadow Cake that combines layers of chocolate and vanilla cake for a mesmerizing dessert experience.

Nutritional information: Calories per serving – 250, Total Fat – 12g, Sodium – 280mg, Total Carbohydrate – 34g, Protein – 4g

In conclusion, the Shadow Cake is a showstopper dessert that will amaze your guests. The beautiful layers of chocolate and vanilla cake create a dramatic effect that is sure to impress. Whether it’s a birthday party or a special celebration, this cake will be the star of the show. The moist and flavorful cake layers, combined with the sweet and creamy frosting, make every bite a delight. So, why not try your hand at this Shadow Cake recipe and add a touch of magic to your next dessert table?