Homemade Chocolate Cake

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4.56 from 29 votes
Homemade Chocolate Cake is a staple must have recipe in your baking repertoire. It is the best birthday, celebration, or no occasion cake, because this cake comes out perfect every time!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Cake is a staple must have recipe in your baking repertoire. It is the best birthday, celebration, or no occasion cake, because this cake comes out perfect every time!

Homemade chocolate cake with crumbs on plate

Homemade Chocolate Cake is like a hug, you need it often and sometimes for no reason but you always feel better after you have one.

This Homemade Chocolate Cake is moist, rich, and very satisfying.

Why this Homemade Chocolate Cake Works

This homemade chocolate cake works because it is so simple. You will not believe how quick it can be made and how delicious it is. The best part is that you made it from scratch and can take all the credit!!

How to Make This Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • Step One: First, preheat oven to 350 degrees and then place all your dry ingredients for this moist chocolate cake recipe in a bowl. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Next, combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then add the melted butter to the dry ingredients. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making homemade chocolate cake

  • Step Four: Next, add the rest of the liquid ingredients. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Five: Then mix all the ingredients until well combined (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Six: After well blended, place in baking dish lined with cocoa powder. Bake and allow to cool. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making moist chocolate cake recipe

  • Step Seven:  First, in another bowl place the powdered sugar and butter. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Eight: Next, add milk and blend (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Nine: Continue to blend until smooth. Add additional milk until the right consistency. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making best chocolate cake

  • Step Ten: Set cake out to cool. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Eleven: Spread icing liberally and enjoy. (Photo 2 below)

Step by step instructions for making homemade chocolate cake recipe


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Recommendations for Making Best Chocolate Cake

This best chocolate cake has very few ingredients so you should use the best ingredients that you can. Therefore, use really fresh ingredients and the best cocoa that you can get.

Homemade chocolate cake recipe with frosting half spread on top

How to Tell When your Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe is Done

It can be hard to tell when this homemade chocolate cake recipe is done because of the color. You can’t really see if it is brown. Therefore, there are few tried and true ways to check to see if it is done.

  •  Check to see if the cake around the pan has pulled away from the sides and looks dry. If it has it is probably done.
  • Place a skewer or tooth pick in the middle of the cake and see if comes away clean.

If you are new to baking, wikihow has a lot of great tips and tricks for baking a cake here.


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Expert Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • Pan Trick: Use shiny cake pans if you have them, dark pans can dry out the cake.
  • Enhance the Flavor: Add cayenne pepper or espresso powder or brewed coffee for a unique flavor.
  • Chocolate Surprise: Try upping the chocolate. More chocolate to the cake, dark, milk, white or semi sweet chocolate will add extra moisture and flavor.

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Homemade Chocolate Cake

4.6 from 29 votes
Homemade Chocolate Cake is a staple must have recipe in your baking repertoire. It is the best birthday, celebration, or no occasion cake, because this cake comes out perfect every time!
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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup melted margarine or butter

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp to 2 milk

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add melted butter, vanilla, water and vinegar.
  • Grease a 13x9 inch pan and coat with cocoa.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before frosting.

Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with a mixer on low speed.
  • Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  • Gradually mix in additional tablespoon of milk until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  • If frosting is too thick, add more milk, a few drops at a time.
  • If frosting is too thin, gradually add small amounts of powdered sugar until thickened.

Expert Tips

  • Pan Trick: Use shiny cake pans if you have them, dark pans can dry out the cake.
  • Enhance the Flavor: Add cayenne pepper or expresso powder or brewed coffee for a unique flavor.
  • Chocolate Surprise: Try upping the chocolate. More chocolate to the cake, dark, milk, white or semi sweet chocolate will add extra moisture and flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg

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42 thoughts on “Homemade Chocolate Cake”

  1. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this!!! I hope you don’t mind that I plan to alter it just a bit. You see, my son’s birthday is coming up, and he LOVES mochas, mocha lattes, and coffee with chocolate flavored creamers (coffee helped get him through high school!) So I’m planning to add a couple tablespoons of his favorite instant double mocha capacino to the batter. And instead of a butter cream icing (he doesn’t care for it) I’m thinking a light chocolate whipped cream frosting to off set the bold flavor of the cake. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    Oh, and I never thought to use bakers cocoa to ‘flour’ a chocolate cake. That’s brilliant!

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    • I’m not sure. I haven’t tried it in a sphere cake pan. I would leave the temperature the same and just test for doneness every few minutes (beyond the time in the recipe) with a cake tester.

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  2. 5 stars
    Hello,

    What is it mean 2/3 cub? would be easier if it would written gram. Tai n my country we dont count 2/3 or 1/3 how much it is? im confused. I really want to try to cook it. Looks amazing tasty and easy.

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  3. 5 stars
    Hi …. I made this cake this weekend for my husbands birthday but in 2 8” rounds it turned out perfect and so moist. It was so good he went back for another slice lol …, the only thing I changed was the buttercream frosting I added cocoa to make it chocolate because my husband is addicted to chocolate and it was his DAY! Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. This recipe is the classic “Wacky cake” also called a “crazy cake” or “Despression cake” (eggs were hard to come by during the depression.

    LOVE this cake – plus there are tons of variations online too – my fav (other than chocolate of course!) is a wacky spice cake.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. How would I change the time/temp to make 2 round cakes? Making for my daughter’s birthday and I want to make a round cake. Thank you!

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  6. Looks delicious. Just wanted to see what size cake this makes. Hoping to make a 2 tiered 8 inch cake. Should I double? Thank you!!

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