Basic Chocolate Cake Recipe - It is a Keeper
4.05 from 24 votes

The BEST Chocolate Cake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate, easy dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 510kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock



  • 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



  • 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.


  • 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.
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