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Crumb-Topped Chocolate Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


16 servings

Sharon Anderson of Lyons, Illinois has a favorite cake, and it's a winner; in fact, it's very sweet and chocolaty, and is definitely a special dessert.


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to two greased 9-in. round baking pans.
  3. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, walnuts and remaining chocolate chips and butter. Break into small pieces; sprinkle evenly over batter.
  4. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the remaining sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread cream between layers and over sides of cake, leaving the crumb top exposed. Refrigerate leftovers.

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