How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

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This chocolate cake is good for any occasion at any time of year. I have been baking this for two years.

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Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch tube pan. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the 1 cup of evaporated milk and the 3/4 cup of cocoa. Heat until the cocoa is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, melted butter, water, vanilla and the cocoa mixture, mix until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

To make the chocolate icing, combine the remaining condensed milk, evaporated milk, cocoa and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and paste-like. Spread over cooled cake.

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This is a great, classic ‘made from scratch’ cake recipe. Beware cooks searching for a moist cake like that from a boxed mix. This isn’t it! This is a more dense, sturdy cake. Almost brownie-like without the sickening sweetness of a brownie. For Christmas I baked this cake, then layed mini peppermint patties and milk chocolate chips on top right out of the oven. After a few minutes they were melted and I spread them around the top for a marbled mint chocolate frosting.

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Wow, this was actually really horrible. I made it while my baby was napping to try and satisfy a chocolate craving and I am so sad. It is not good at all. Practically no taste at all. Too bad.

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This is a great, classic ‘made from scratch’ cake recipe. Beware cooks searching for a moist cake like that from a boxed mix. This isn’t it! This is a more dense, sturdy cake. Almost brownie-like without the sickening sweetness of a brownie. For Christmas I baked this cake, then layed mini peppermint patties and milk chocolate chips on top right out of the oven. After a few minutes they were melted and I spread them around the top for a marbled mint chocolate frosting.

This is the easiest chocolate cake I have ever made. It rose so high and was light and delicious. I will use this recipe often.

This cake was great, however, I cannot give it 5 stars due to incorrect instructions. The evaporated milk and cocoa powder should be cooked at low heat, so that the cocoa will dissolve without burning the milk. The frosting should be cooked at low while the cocoa powder dissolves, but then turned to medium high so that it will boil and then thicken. I stirred the frosting for about 1/2 hour before I just turned it up. I should have done that about 25 minutes before that.

Great Recipe! Easy and Delicious.

This cake is very easy and delicious! i made it for my mom’s birthday, and everyone absolutedley loved it!

Wow, this was actually really horrible. I made it while my baby was napping to try and satisfy a chocolate craving and I am so sad. It is not good at all. Practically no taste at all. Too bad.

instead of using condenced and evaporated milk in the cake mix try using the same amount in butlermilk instead also adding two tablespoons of stong coffee will give it a more chocolatey taste. also if you don’t like the frosting try mixing chocolate chips into the batter and dusting the final cake with powdered sugar.

I must say that I was disappointed in the end result. The cake, itself, turned out big and full. But it was not as sweet as I was expecting, partially due to the addition of the cocoa/evap milk that was cooked and added in, but didn’t have sugar mixed in with it to begin with. Also, the frosting tasted like nothing but thick condensed milk. I may try this again, when I’m looking to experiment a little, and use another reviewer’s idea of putting chocolate mints on top of the hot cake and allowing those to melt to make the frosting instead.

OK.. Ive made this again and obviously did something horribly wrong last time! This cake is great BUT how do you make the icing?? I’ve been stirring endlessly for too long and gave up on it. I have a soupy liquid in the saucepan. Nothing thickened to a paste in any way. Does anyone have any tips of what I can do to save it?? I cut my cake expecting to have frosting for it so not having icing sorta ruins the good cake! 🙁

We are a chocolate loving family but did not like this cake. it had a weird after taste. Sorry

I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first as I am a from-the-box baker. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the frosting recipe, I drizzled some caramel topping over each piece of cake and it was devine.

I must say that I was disappointed in the end result. The cake, itself, turned out big and full. But it was not as sweet as I was expecting, partially due to the addition of the cocoa/evap milk that was cooked and added in, but didn’t have sugar mixed in with it to begin with. Also, the frosting tasted like nothing but thick condensed milk. I may try this again, when I’m looking to experiment a little, and use another reviewer’s idea of putting chocolate mints on top of the hot cake and allowing those to melt to make the frosting instead.

I am disappointed with this cake. I removed the cake from the pan and frosted it. I cut a piece and took a bite, I chewed so much until I finally was able to swallow. The cake itself did not taste bad but the texture was rubbery. I may try again but I used a lot of time and supplies on this cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

less than 30 mins

30 mins to 1 hour

Our really easy chocolate cake recipe is perfect for birthdays. It’s so moist and fudgy and will keep well for 4–5 days. For buttercream quantities, instead of ganache, use our cake calculator.

Each serving provides 477 kcal, 6.5g protein, 56g carbohydrates (of which 40g sugars), 25g fat (of which 10.5g saturates), 2.5g fibre and 0.6g salt.

less than 30 mins

30 mins to 1 hour

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 350g/12½oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml/9fl oz boiling water

For the chocolate icing

  • 200g/7oz plain chocolate
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.

For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.

Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)

Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25–35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.

For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1–2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.

To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.

Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.

Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.

Recipe Tips

The chocolate cake mixture is quite thin, so it’s important to use sandwich tins rather than springform tins, which could leak.

You don’t have to cover the cake in ganache, you can also use buttercream.

Last updated on April 14, 2022

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Get ready for an inside-out birthday cake! Milk chocolate cake layers with chocolate chip cookie dough filling and cake batter buttercream. This is such an easy chocolate cake with the most delicious cake batter buttercream!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This inside-out birthday cake was so fun to make to help celebrate the 100th birthday of Betty Crocker. While Westin’s 1st birthday cake was my first cake from scratch, I grew up learning to make cake with the help of Betty Crocker. In fact, my very first solo cake adventure was when I was 8-year-old! I’ll never forget frosting that chocolate 9″x13″ cake with Betty’s vanilla buttercream.

For this celebration cake, I used my milk chocolate cake layers and paired it with my chocolate chip cookie dough filling and a cake batter buttercream made with the Betty Crocker yellow cake mix.

WHAT IS CAKE BATTER BUTTERCREAM?

This cake batter buttercream recipe is a buttercream frosting flavored with a Betty Crocker yellow boxed cake mix but can be made with any flavor cake mix for a fun birthday buttercream for cakes or cupcakes.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

HOW DO YOU MAKE CAKE BATTER BUTTERCREAM?

To make cake batter buttercream, you’ll first want to cook the cake mix to kill any bacteria from raw flour. You’ll also do this for the cookie dough filling. To do this, you’ll evenly spread the cake mix over a baking sheet and bake the cake mix for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees F. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t brown. Allow the cake mix to cool to room temperature before using in the buttercream.

When the cake mix is cooled, first beat the butter on medium-high until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). With the mixer on slow, gradually add the cake mix, followed by the powdered sugar, and heavy cream. Once all of the ingredients are added, turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

TIPS FOR MAKING BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

To get a light and fluffy homemade buttercream frosting, I have a detailed post: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM to give you in depth instruction for making your buttercream unreal! Here’s a quick overview.

  • Sift your powdered sugar
  • Use slightly cold butter and mix on its own for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Use heavy whipping cream
  • Beat for 5 minutes
  • Stir by hand

HOW LONG DOES THIS BUTTERCREAM FROSTING LAST?

Like all buttercream recipes, this buttercream frosting holds up great in the freezer. While I prefer to make buttercream day of or the day before I assemble a cake, this frosting can last up to a few months in the freezer. Be sure to put it in an airtight container.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

HOW TO MAKE MOIST CAKES FROM SCRATCH

I love this milk chocolate cake recipe from my Better Than Anything Cake. It’s not too rich and makes the perfect pairing to the cake batter frosting. Make sure to follow my go-tips for making moist cakes from scratch:

  • Preheat oven 30 minutes before baking.
  • Use room temperature ingredients.
  • Spray your pan. Line with parchment paper.
  • Beat butter and sugar on high for a few minutes.
  • Turn mixer to LOW once you add dry ingredients.
  • Don’t over bake your cake layer. When you insert a toothpick in the center of the cake it should come out with a few moist crumbs on it.

Published on March 21, 2022

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

The Most Delicious Life-Changing Chocolate Cake – rich, moist, and decadent chocolate cake layers with a silky smooth chocolate buttercream.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

The Most Delicious, Life-Changing Chocolate Cake

I don’t know how on earth I’ve gone six years without putting a basic chocolate cake recipe on my blog. I mean, I have these layers and this buttercream paired with SO many different cakes, but not the two of them together by themselves. Preposterous, I know! Well, the wait is finally over! I’m so excited to share with you The Most Delicious Chocolate Cake you’ll ever eat. Seriously! It’s that good that I’m making such a bold claim.

Plus, it’s an easy chocolate cake recipe. You can whip this up in no time!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Check out how moist these layers are! We have a combination of buttermilk, hot water (or you can use coffee), oil, and eggs to thank for that.

NOTE: The cake batter in this cake recipe is thinner than many of my other cake batters. Don’t let that scare you. It’s going to rise beautifully and taste incredible. Truly the best chocolate cake ever!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate

It’s important to note that this recipe uses dark chocolate for a reason. Because we’re adding cream, butter, and powdered sugar to the chocolate, the flavor gets diluted just a bit. If you use milk chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chips, you’re going to lose a lot of the chocolate flavor. Additionally, the buttercream will simply taste overly sweet. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love all things sweet, but it’s important to have balance. The dark chocolate in the layers and the buttercream help provide a balance to the sweetness because dark cocoa is bittersweet. However, the cake and buttercream frosting don’t taste bittersweet because we’ve added other ingredients to them (i.e. sugar!).

So trust me on this one. Use dark chocolate!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

What Dark Chocolate Should I Buy?

It’s important to use a good quality dark chocolate for the best tasting results. I use and recommend either Callebaut Chocolate or Guittard Chocolate. You can find both at Orson Gygi or Guittard can be found at most grocery stores.

How to Make Cake

When making the cake layers, don’t forget to follow my go-to tips for getting your cakes to rise and bake well:

  • Preheat your oven for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  • Use good quality pans like Fat Daddio.
  • Spray your pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Don’t overmix your cake batter once you add the dry ingredients.
  • Use room temperature wet ingredients.
  • Use fresh baking powder.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it

I also shared the baking process on my Instagram the other day. Click the icon below to check it out.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Best Chocolate Buttercream

I’m making a lot of big claims today, I know. But friends, I stand by them! This is the most delicious chocolate cake and this is THE BEST chocolate buttercream. You’ll be using 10 ounces of dark chocolate, some heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar (sifted, of course), vanilla and salt. I have some tips below for making the best buttercream frosting, plus, you’ll want to click the Instagram icon below to see how I make it.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to Make the Best Buttercream Frosting

To get this silky smooth buttercream, make sure you follow my tips: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM

  • Sift your powdered sugar
  • Use slightly cold butter
  • Use heavy whipping cream
  • Beat for 5 minutes
  • Stir by hand

You’ll want to check out the post linked above for more details on each step to make sure you get the best buttercream frosting. And remember, these steps can be used for any buttercream recipe on my blog.

IMPORTANT For chocolate buttercream specifically, remember to heat the cream and chocolate together first. You’ll then stir the mixture until it becomes a smooth ganache. Once the ganache has cooled slightly, you’ll add the mixture to the butter and continue making the buttercream according to instructions.

Come one, come all: the chocolate cake is a classic crowd-pleaser. Learn how to make a cake in a matter of minutes with our easy chocolate cake from scratch that’ll get a standing ovation from your guests.

Get the recipe for the above Double Chocolate Cake here.

Ingredients for Chocolate Cake

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 recipe for frosting (see below)
  • Chopped chocolate sandwich cookies or chocolate candy (optional)

Step 1: Prep

Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease bottoms of two 9×1-1/2 inch round cake pans. Line pans with waxed paper. Grease and flour bottoms and sides of pans. The same can be done with one 13x9x2-inch pan. Set pan(s) aside.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Step 3: Make Batter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar while beating and scraping sides of bowl until well combined. Beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 more seconds.

Step 4: Bake

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan(s). Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for 9-inch pans, 35 to 40 minutes for 13-inch pans, or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, peel off waxed paper, and cool thoroughly. Frost (recipe below), and sprinkle with chopped cookies or candy if desired. This moist chocolate cake recipe makes 12 to 16 servings.

Chocolate Cake Frosting

Creamy White Frosting

In a large mixing bowl beat 1 cup shortening, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons milk. Gradually beat in an additional 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk to reach spreading consistency. Recipe frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers; makes 3 cups.

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

In a large saucepan melt one 12-ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces and 1/2 cup butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in one 8-ounce carton sour cream. Gradually add 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until smooth. Recipe frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers; makes 4 cups. Cover and store frosted cake in refrigerator.

Take it up a step: make German Chocolate Cake

This Chocolate Cake recipe is super easy to put together, moist and delicious! It’s almost as easy as a box mix cake, but tastier!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

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How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake

If there’s one thing I love about this blog, it’s getting to play around with new recipes and share them with you. It can be so hard to find just the right cake and it’s always my goal to give you that. For me, that often begins with having the right base cakes – meaning a wonderful vanilla and chocolate cake (or cupcake, cheesecake, etc). One of my goals over the next few weeks is to provide you with the best of the best as far as basics are concerned. Today we are starting with chocolate cake!

You may or may not have already tried my Best Chocolate Cake. I still get major heart eyes for that cake. Love it! But I’m not one to be satisfied with just one version of a classic. I like options. Plus, not everyone has the same idea of the “perfect” cake, so variety is good.

And when you bake as much as I do, every so often I decide it’s time for something new. Problem is, when you already have an amazing chocolate cake, how do you make the best even better?

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An Easy, Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake

Well since the other version is a slow bake cake that bakes at 300 degrees and that can sometimes throw people off, not to mention it takes longer to bake, I decided to make a version that bakes at the usual 350. I wanted to be sure it was just as tasty though! Surprisingly, that wasn’t as easy of a task as I’d expected.

There was a fair amount of experimenting, but the big thing was decreasing some of the liquid so allow for a quicker baking cake. I played around with decreasing the milk, oil and water. They all have similar effects on the cake, but produce slightly different results. I primarily went back and forth on the oil and milk. I ended up with a little more milk than oil. Oil adds great moisture to the cake, but too much makes it a bit of a firmer cake. Reducing it a touch and leaving more milk makes it a little lighter and softer. The final result is perfect and so delicious!

The Best Chocolate Frosting for Chocolate Cake

The frosting on top is also to die for! It’s my usual chocolate frosting, but this time I beat it for a few minutes to incorporate more air and have more of a whipped frosting. It lightens in color and gets fluffier. It’s just as chocolatey, but the whipped, light texture goes perfectly with the moist cake.

I really am in love with this cake! It’s a nice change from the slow-bake version if you’re looking for something easy and quick to throw together. The other one will always remain the MOISTEST cake ever (like seriously, it’s nutty), but this cake truly is moist and tender and SO good! And the 9×13 cake size is classic and easy to transport so you can have chocolate cake all day, err-y day. 🙂 You’re welcome.

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How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 Servings
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This chocolate cake recipe is super easy to put together, moist and delicious! It’s almost as easy as a box mix, but even tastier.

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 1 3/4 cups ( 228g ) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups ( 414g ) sugar
  • 3/4 cup ( 85g ) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup ( 112g ) butter
  • 1/2 cup ( 95g ) shortening
  • 3 cups ( 345g ) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup ( 57g ) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 – 5 tbsp (60-75ml) water or milk
  • Sprinkles, optional

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a 9×13 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray.
2. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 29-32 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool.
8. To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
9. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
10. Add the vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of water or milk and mix until smooth.
11. Add remaining powdered sugar and cocoa and mix until smooth.
12. Add remaining water or milk as needed and mix until smooth, keeping an eye on the consistency of the frosting so it doesn’t get too thin.
13. Beat frosting on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until it has lightened in color and gotten fluffy.
14. Spread frosting evenly onto the cake. Top with sprinkles, if desired.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 430
  • Sugar: 47.2 g
  • Sodium: 421.6 mg
  • Fat: 19.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 27.3 mg

Keywords: easy chocolate cake recipe, best chocolate cake recipe, chocolate sheet cake, birthday cake recipe, chocolate frosting

Published: August 2, 2018 Last Modified: February 23, 2021 This post may contain affiliate links.

This Easy Moist Chocolate Cake recipe is not too sweet and uses basic ingredients.

Smother it with a not too sweet Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and it is so delicious.

I was at youtube and this chocolate cake popped up. With many great comments, I got intrigued and bookmarked the video. Thinking I would make it one of these days.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Once in a while I like a chocolate cake but prefer brownie or yellow cake instead. I usually buy just a piece of cake to satisfy my craving.

A whole piece of cake in my fridge is not a good thing. As much as possible, I try to avoid making something sweet. After a month and half, I saw it again in you tube staring at me!

It stirred my curiosity again. Checked the ingredients and it doesn’t have much to begin with. My pantry has most of the ingredients needed.

Sugar content scared me a bit but I still wanted to make it. When I’m excited about something I want do it right away.

Ran out at 11 pm to get buttermilk, Ghirardelli and Hersey’s Special Dark Cocoa so I can start early the following day.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This cake was so easy to make. It was done in no time.

Took me forever videoing and taking pictures. Imagine taking pictures of every step and checking it in my computer if I got decent pictures. It was time consuming.

I love photography but not food photography since I take too many pictures and at the same time, I am starving and would love to eat what I made ASAP.

Well anyway, like everybody else there’s a reason to rave about this cake. Yes, this is an amazing chocolate cake recipe.

This cake is easy, moist, decadent, soft, chocolaty smothered with cocoa cream cheese frosting that melts in your mouth. It is a delicious, elegant and tall cake.

Chocolate Cake Ingredients

This simple chocolate cake uses basic ingredients that you might already have.

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • eggs
  • buttermilk
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Prepare all the ingredients to make this delicious Chocolate Cake.

How to Make this Easy Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Sift cocoa powder.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Sift flour to prevent clumps and add lightness.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Combine all the ingredients in mixer.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Ingredients fully blended.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Grease pan with butter and sprinkle some flour.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Divide chocolate cake batter evenly using a cup for 3 pans.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Chocolate cake batter poured in greased pans.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Bake chocolate cake at 350 deg F for 30 minutes. Note: Oven temperature varies by model.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Cool for about 15 minutes before popping out of pan.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Use a spatula to loosen edges of cake & invert pan. Cool completely.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Make chocolate cake frosting while baking cake batter.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Assemble cake layers. Add your favorite frosting on cake. I made Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Yummy!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Easy moist chocolate cake. Enjoy!

What is the recipe for the Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting?

What cocoa did I use?

Do I need to sift the flour?

Yes, to prevent clumps and it adds lightness thus my Kitchen Aid doesn’t have to work too hard.

Did I sift the cocoa?

I did but you don’t have to. The cocoa is so fine, but if you notice it has some lumps then it is best to sift it.

Is 7 to 8 cups of powdered sugar too much?

The first time I checked the ingredients, I got scared with the sugar content. Three cups for the cake and 7 to 8 cups for the frosting.

No it’s not very sweet as I expected due to dark cocoa. Next time though I will see if I can get away with 6 cups powdered sugar.

Did I have too much frosting?

No. This cake is tall with three layers. Frosting was added in between layers and all around the cake. I had enough to decorate the top of the cake.

Can you cut the recipe in half?

When I make this cake again, I will cut the recipe in half for both cake and frosting. I will make a 2 layer cake or cupcakes.

What piping tip did I use to decorate the top of the chocolate cake?

Do I need to refrigerate the frosting?

No, I did not refrigerate the frosting for the cake but I refrigerated the frosting for 10 minutes before piping the stars on top of the cake. It is easier to pipe frosting that is not too soft.

Can you eat the cake right away?

Yes, but I suggest to refrigerate for an hour so frosting is firmer.

This Dulce de leche chocolate cake is an easy, delicious recipe and requires no frosting, making it fuss-free. The perfect cake to feed a crowd!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This cake is an homage to the cakes my mom bought from home industries when I was a little girl. Home industries (or Tuisnywerheid in Afrikaans) are small shops that sell cakes, cookies, pies and tarts made by local cooks and bakers. These businesses allow family’s an extra source of income and are quite popular where I grew up. The cakes specifically are always amazing. Light, fluffy and impossibly moist with simple buttercream frosting and more often than not, a thick layer of dulce de leche (or as it is also called, Caramel Treat). Simple indulgence in its best form.

Ingredients needed

Full recipe + amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Flour. I use cake flour but all purpose will work just as well.
  • Sugar. Caster sugar or regular granulated.
  • Salt.
  • Baking powder.
  • Baking soda. (Bicarbonate of soda)
  • Cocoa powder. I used a very rich, dark cocoa which is why my cake turned out so dark so don’t be alarmed if yours is lighter.
  • Boiling water. I add a teaspoon of instant coffee to the water to intensify the flavor of the cocoa but this step can be omitted.)
  • Milk.
  • Vegetable oil.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Eggs.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make dulce de leche chocolate cake

  1. Make the batter: Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the wet ingredients together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well until the batter is smooth and thick.
  2. Bake the cake: Preheat the oven and grease and line a rectangular cake pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Allow to bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
  3. Decorate the cake: Once the cake has completely cooled, whip the dulce de leche to make sure its completely smooth. Spread/pipe the caramel onto the cake then decorate with sprinkles (optional). Slice and serve.

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is caramelized, slow-cooked sweetened condensed milk. Traditionally, it is made cooking milk and sugar very slowly until it is rich, dark and thick. It can easily be made yourself by cooking a sealed can of condensed milk in a pot of water over a long period of time (there are many articles on doing this yourself all over the internet). I, however, choose to use the ready-made, canned version because it is absolutely delicious and requires no effort on my part.

In South Africa, Nestlé manufactures cans of caramelized condensed milk called Caramel Treat so I’m not sure of the names of similar products globally but I know dulce de leche is a readily-available ingredient in most supermarkets.

Are caramel and dulce de leche the same thing?

No, they are not. Caramel has a base of water, sugar, butter and cream while dulce de leche is milk and sugar cooked slowly until thick, darkened in color and caramelized.

For this cake you want dulce de leche which is thicker than caramel and is used as the topping.

Published on October 26, 2021

Chocolate dump cake is so decadent with lots of chocolate chips and delicious toppings. Each bite is loaded with chocolate for a dessert you can’t resist.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Chocolate dump cake

With as little as 3 ingredients, this Chocolate Dump Cake comes together quickly and easily for a delicious cake that is super easy to make. Anytime we need a quick dessert that is amazing, we make this easy recipe that starts with a chocolate cake mix.

You won’t believe how simple this is and how decadent it turns out. Seriously each bite is just out of this world and packed with tons of chocolate.

Our family asks for this all the time and it is seriously so easy! We have served this for guests and no one ever believes it is a cake mix with so few ingredients.

It reminds me of those fancy chocolate cobblers some of the restaurants serve. Yum!

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is exactly how it sounds. You dump the dry ingredients and wet ingredients into the baking pan and bake.

No mixing bowls are needed. Some dump cakes are fruit topped with a cake mix and butter but this one is a little bit different.

Everything is still dumped into the pan but we do mix it before serving it. We just mix it in the same pan as we bake it in to save on dishes.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Ingredients for chocolate dump cake recipe:

  • Chocolate Cake Mix – I use either a plain chocolate cake mix or a Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix for this Recipe.
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Chips– These are optional but I highly recommend them. They make this cake moist and gooey. Usually I use semi-sweet chocolate chips but milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips will work great as well.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make chocolate dump cake:

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Next, go ahead and spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.

Pour the milk in the pan. Add in the dry cake mix and the pudding mix into the pan.

Stir everything together with a fork or whisk.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

If you are using the chocolate chips, go ahead and add those on top of the cake. While this is optional, I highly recommend it because it just adds such an amazing layer of ooey gooey chocolate.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Bake for 30 minute or until the edges pull away from the pan and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Cool before cutting and serving.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to know when the cake is done:

This cake is meant to be super moist and gooey so it can be hard to tell when it’s done. Watch the edges closely.

When the edges are starting to pull away from the pan and are browning slightly, it’s done.

There will still be some wet parts in the middle of the cake and that is normal.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Topping ideas for chocolate dump cake recipe:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Try different ice cream flavors. Chocolate fans might like chocolate for double the chocolate flavor!
  • Whipped cream
  • Drizzle Caramel sauce or hot fudge sauce on top.
  • You can also top with nuts. Pecans or walnuts are great.

This reminds me of a hot fudge sundae. My favorite is a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous drizzle of caramel and hot fudge sauce.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Variations of chocolate dump cake to try

  • Try German chocolate dump cake for a delicious twist on the classic recipe.
  • Caramel chocolate dump cake is so tasty. We love adding caramel to the cake.
  • Try using white chocolate chips. This is great mixed in with the milk chocolate chips or you can substitute them.
  • Add nuts to the cake mixture before it bakes. Pecans, walnuts or almonds would be great.
  • Peanut Butter chips are also so delicious in the cake. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this is a great combination.

Honestly, you can use any cake mix to make yourself a completely different flavor of dump cake.

Storage:

Leftovers: Store the leftovers of this cake in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. I don’t recommend refrigerating this cake as it will cause it to dry out.

In the Freezer: You can freeze the leftover cake in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Defrost the cake in the refrigerator overnight when you are ready to serve. Then reheat in the microwave or oven.

I love this cake warm, so I recommend reheat your leftovers slightly before enjoying them.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Easy Chocolate dump cake is budget friendly!

Not only is this recipe easy and frugal, it is so delicious. This is such a moist cake and really tasty and amazing.

You can easily change or adapt the ingredients based on what you have on hand or prefer. I often use what I already have in the pantry or can get on sale at the grocery store.

We make this all the time and have tried lots of tasty combinations. You are going to love just how simple it is.

I like to pick up different types of cake mixes when they go on sale at the grocery store.

This recipe is so easy to use what you have on hand. I often just use what I already have or what is on sale at the grocery store. We are fans of using what we already have and it saves us time and money.

By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Everyone loves this delicious recipe so it is on our permanent menu plan rotation.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Try this amazing chocolate dump cake recipe this week!

This is one of our absolute favorite cake recipes. It is so easy and delicious.

The simple toppings like ice cream and chocolate syrup just make this even better but still keeps it simple. Each bite is so decadent with the gooey chocolate chips. Yum!

You are going to love this and how easy it is. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Whether you need an easy dessert for your family, guests or any occasion, this recipe is the one to try.

You will save money and be able to serve everyone a fabulous dessert.

It’s EASY to make an absolutely delicious German Chocolate Cake for dessert, thanks to a simple shortcut (using a box mix) and then topping it with yummy HOMEMADE coconut pecan frosting! SO GOOD.
How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Do you enjoy German chocolate cake? We sure do, but I think my Mom might be the biggest fan of all. She is the one who taught me this quick shortcut which I have used for years to make this delicious dessert!

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My Mom LOVES German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is my Mom’s all-time favorite cake – (she used to make one for herself for her birthday whenever possible). I recently flew down to see her in Southern California because she was very sick (and it was her birthday), and made her a German chocolate cake as a SURPRISE!

She loved it, and I even froze a few extra slices for her, which she was able to enjoy long after I had returned home to Oregon.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

My mom has made LOTS of German chocolate cakes over the years. She told me how easy it has NOW become, thanks to using a boxed cake mix for the base. Her cakes are always good; she cooks most of them from scratch, so I assumed she still made this particular cake from scratch. Nope. She switched because of the time it saved her to make this cake (a box mix can be made lickety split)!

So that’s how I make it now, too. She insists it’s the FROSTING that needs to be made from scratch for a PERFECT TASTING German chocolate cake! I gotta tell you – this frosting is the best – better than a tub of frosting from the store!

How To Make This EASY German Chocolate Cake

So here’s how to make this delicious cake, easily and quickly! Prepare boxed cake mix using the ingredients and instructions on the box. I made a 9″ two layer cake, but it’s perfectly okay to make a 13×9 sheet cake with this recipe, as well (even EASIER).

When done baking, transfer the cake pans to a wire rack. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully invert cake layers onto wire rack, one at a time. You can do this by placing a wire rack on top of the cake pan. Quickly and carefully turn it over while holding both the wire rack and the cake pan tightly together. This will release the cake from the pan. Let the cake layers cool to room temperature before frosting.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Time To Make The Easy German Chocolate Cake Frosting!

Once you put the cake in oven, make the homemade frosting: Cook butter, evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for a full 12 minutes, stirring often, until mixture thickens. Remove the pan from the heat.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans until fully blended. Let this frosting cool to room temperature before frosting cake. You can speed up the cooling process by stirring the frosting often, if desired.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Frost The Cake

To frost the cake, place one layer onto a serving platter. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of this layer. Place another layer of cake on top of the frosted layer. Carefully spread frosting lightly over the top and sides of cake until fully covered.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Serve The German Chocolate Cake

Once the cake is frosted, all that is left for you to do is… slice cake, serve… and ENJOY! (Insert everyone’s happy face here. ). The frosting is so incredibly good, and you made it from SCRATCH. You don’t have to tell your friends that you used a boxed cake mix for convenience… that will be OUR little secret (wink, wink).

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This is a light, moist, absolutely delicious cake… one you will be proud to serve to family and friends, and the homemade frosting is outta this world good! The recipe makes enough frosting to lightly frost a two layer cake or a 13×9 inch cake (see NOTES section in printable recipe for larger quantity ingredient calculations), if additional cake layers or a thicker layer of frosting is desired.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will check out some of the other cake recipes here, like Apple Cake, Carrot Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Lemon Jello Cake, and several others. They are delicious, and can easily be found in the Recipe Index at the top of this page. Have a fantastic day, friends.

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If you are not a pro at baking then don’t worry as we bring you a super easy recipe of chocolate cake that you can make in minutes!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

No matter how bad of a day you are having, a decadent and gooey cake can always turn it around and make you feel better. And if it’s a chocolate cake, then nothing like it! But making a huge cake with tons of ingredients and equipment’s can be a hassle, especially when you are not a pro at baking. Baking has traditionally been thought of as a time-consuming and challenging task. And if you miss a single ingredient, you’ll most certainly end up with a charred crust which no one likes. So, if you also find yourself in the same situation, then fret not, as today we bring you a molten chocolate mug cake recipe! This recipe is simple and quick to make, and we assure you that you don’t need any elaborate ingredients to make this. With just a few things, a delicious mug of chocolate cake will be ready in no time!

In this mug cake recipe, all you need to do is mix the essential dry ingredients like flour, cocoa powder, baking powder with milk and essence. Combine them and bake! Your molten cake will be ready in no time for you to devour it. You can quickly whip up this recipe when you are in the mood to have something sweet or when you want to impress your friends and family. So, without waiting, let us check out the recipe for this yummy molten chocolate mug cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Here Is The Recipe Of Molten Chocolate Mug Cake | Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

To make this, first, take a mug and add all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and milk, chocolate essence. Combine these well. Now take a piece of chocolate and add it to the middle of the prepared batter. Once done, bake it in an oven till the cake rises. Take it out when it’s cooked and let it come to room temperature.

For the full recipe of molten chocolate mug cake, click here.

Make this yummy delight and impress everyone around you! Let us know how you liked the taste of it!

These stunning cakes will be the best part of your celebration.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

There are few things more iconic than a colorful, brightly-lit birthday cake. These days, it’s so easy to buy a pre-made cake at your local grocery store or bakery that it’s very appealing to skip the work of trying to find the perfect birthday cake recipe altogether. After all, why bake your own cake if you can have a professional make it for you? It’s true that making a delicious dessert recipe from scratch can take a little more work than buying something, but it’s often a much more rewarding experience (as an added bonus, it can save you some money, too). Even though cookie recipes or cupcake recipes can be tempting, there’s nothing quite as special as a homemade birthday cake. And, hey, if you’re so inclined, most birthday cake recipes can be easily changed to cupcake recipes with a few minor recipe alterations.

So in between writing the perfect birthday card and choosing the perfect birthday present, consider baking one of the following 33 birthday cake recipes for a loved one or friend. The person celebrating their special day will not only appreciate the delicious cake, but also the time, effort, and thought that went into concocting the perfect birthday cake just for them.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This whimsical and elegant cake would impress just about anyone, and the gorgeous chocolate details just scream “party.”

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This is the brightest, happiest, most joyful looking cake around, and that’s what makes it so great for a birthday cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This springy cake would be picture-perfect for a little girl’s birthday party, or any party, really.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

For the chocolate lovers in your life, try this recipe for a rich and indulgent birthday cake. Simply add sparklers or sprinkles for some color.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Decorate store-bought cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, arrange them in a dress pattern on cardboard, and add candy flowers to fill in the gaps for this unique birthday cake idea.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

We all know that one person who is obsessed with strawberry ice cream. This recipe is for them.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

If you’re wondering what type of cake is best for birthdays, you can’t go wrong with this classic vanilla sheet cake recipe. Plus, it’s a great blank slate if you want to get creative with your own DIY decorations.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This cake looks like a traditional birthday cake on the outside, but keeps things interesting with a strawberry-rhubarb filling.

Master the chocolate cake with an airy, light sponge and rich buttercream filling. It’s simple enough for an afternoon tea but special enough for a party too

Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (14)

Nutrient Unit
kcal 523
fat 29 g
saturates 18 g
carbs 59 g
sugars 47 g
fibre 2 g
protein 6 g
salt 0.6 g

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for the tins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream

  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the chocolate shards (optional)

  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 25g milk chocolate
  • 25g white chocolate

Method

  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Butter the base and sides of two 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, beat together 200g golden caster sugar, 200g softened unsalted butter, 4 large eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp milk and a pinch of salt until pale.

Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, put 100g chopped milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 secs. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for 5 mins.

Mash 200g softened butter and 400g icing sugar together with a fork, then switch to a wooden spoon or electric beaters, if you have them.

Sift in 5 tbsp cocoa powder with a pinch of salt and pour in the melted chocolate and 2 tbsp milk. Mix again until smooth.

On a cake stand or large plate, sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream, then spread the rest on top. Decorate with chocolate shards, if you like.

To make chocolate shards: melt 50g dark chocolate and pour it onto a tray lined with baking parchment or foil.

Now melt 25g milk chocolate and 25g white chocolate and drizzle them over the dark chocolate before it sets.

Shake the tray gently to level the mixture then leave to set somewhere cool. Chop into shards.

Try these next-level, indulgent chocolate cake ideas from our sister title olivemagazine.com/chocolate-cakes.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2017

Last updated on April 28, 2019

Want to make a cake in small portions? Here are 18 great easy recipes for small cakes that will serve two.

Who doesn’t like cake for dessert? It’s a terrific dessert for any occasion. The only problem is that you may not want to make a big cake if there’s you two celebrating. Why make it if you’ll have to throw most of it away.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best recipes for small cakes. Most of them you can make from scratch in under an hour. Check them out and choose your favorites. Enjoy!

Recipes in this Post

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

What a fantastic chocolate cake with double the chocolate. See this link for the complete recipe.

Two-Layer Cake

What a great recipe for a two-layer cake. See the article for the complete recipe.

Sandy’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

Check out this great chocolate cake recipe. Follow this article for the complete recipe.

All-in-one chocolate cake

This is a delicious all-in-one chocolate cake. It’s effortless to make, moist inside and has an extra layer of delightful cream. See this link for the recipe.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Cake

This is a fantastic brown butter hazelnut cake. It’s very nutty with browned sugar and hazelnut base. Follow this link for the complete recipe.

Easiest Ever Chocolate Fudge Cake

What a terrific and easiest ever chocolate fudge cake. It’s straightforward to make and will be your go-to recipe for any occasion. Follow this link for the complete recipe.

Black Forest Mini Cakes

Check out these terrific black forest mini cakes filled with moist chocolate, syrup, cream, and cherries. Follow the article for the recipe.

Easy Chocolate Layer Cake

Layered with creamy frosting, this is a terrific, easy chocolate layer cake. See the article for the complete recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Cake

This is a fantastic recipe for homemade vanilla cake recipe made from scratch. It has a light and tender vanilla flavor. Follow this link for the recipe.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

What a delicious pineapple upside-down cake, ideal for two. It’s a very moist and sweet dessert for any occasion. See the link for the recipe.

Sponge Cake

What a tremendous step-by-step foolproof recipe for a sponge cake with only five ingredients. Follow this link for the complete recipe.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

What a way to make molten chocolate lava cakes! These are perfect for a small batch for two. See this article for the complete recipe.

Raspberry Vanilla Mini Cakes

These are excellent raspberry vanilla mini cakes. They make a real delight layered with vanilla frosting and raspberry jam. See this link for the complete recipe.

Mini Chocolate Cake

This is a terrific recipe for mini chocolate cakes. Its rich dark chocolate taste will make a great dessert for a romantic night. See this article for the cooking method.

30-Minute Chocolate Cake

Check out this delicious 30-minute chocolate cake that you can make from scratch for two. See the article for the complete instructions.

Small 6 Inch Chocolate Cake For Two

Check out a great small 6-inch chocolate cake recipe. This is a one layer dessert that you can make without a cake mix. Follow this article for the complete method.

Mini Chocolate Cake

Check out a delicious recipe for a mini chocolate cake. It’s perfect for any special occasion that you’d be celebrating with your significant other. Follow the article for the complete recipe.

Mini Vanilla Cake

Check out a terrific recipe for a mini vanilla cake. A great alternative to chocolate. See this article for the complete method.

Here’s our recipe for a tasty, hassle-free dessert made from ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

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Ice cream is a great cold, sweet treat to enjoy on a hot summer’s day, but it can taste even better served up alongside another dessert. No, it’s not the cookies stored in the back of the pantry. It’s a warm, gooey cake, and there’s a recipe that doesn’t require an excruciating amount of time or effort to whip up. It’s called the 5 minute mug cake.

There are three main reasons to love the humble mug cake. First, it takes 5 minutes. Second, you prepare, bake and eat it in a coffee cup, so you can make a quick, single-serve cake when you don’t want to wash a ton of dirty dishes. Third, mug cakes are an ingenious shortcut for people without an oven to cook tasty baked goods at home, since all you need is a microwave.

I only recently graduated to an apartment with a conventional oven. Before that, I lived in a tiny college dorm and then a New York City apartment, both sans ovens. Before I caved in and bought a toaster oven , I was able to turn out good chocolate and peanut butter mug cakes in my microwave.

Whether you’re looking for a hassle-free dessert or an oven-less cake recipe, here’s how to make a chocolate cake in a coffee cup that’ll satisfy your cravings. I’ve also included a few ways to modify this recipe, if you have dairy- or egg-related dietary restrictions. You can also easily make mug cakes gluten free by using gluten-free flour blends you buy or make from scratch. For more tips, here’s how to cut a cake without a knife , how to pit an avocado without stabbing yourself and a 5 minute activity to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Chocolate mug cake recipe

During my tenure making mug cakes, I experimented with recipes from the Food Network, New York Times, Allrecipes and Tasty to uncover the simplest way to make a delicious chocolate mug cake — one that requires minimal time and skill to prepare, and with ingredients you likely have on hand.

A lot of recipes look fairly similar to the one below, with the main ingredients being flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, milk, oil and an egg. Some recipes, however, called for less common ingredients that you may not have in your pantry, like chocolate hazelnut spread. Others even called for butter (instead of vegetable oil), which required a separate cup to melt in and some skill to avoid scrambling your egg when it’s hot. I tried to keep this one simple by sticking to pantry basics and oil, which is easier to incorporate and helps keep this quick-cook cake moist.

For a basic chocolate mug cake recipe, all you’ll need are these staples:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want your cake to be)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • A few drops vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to taste (optional, but if you have them, I recommend)

1. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to a standard-size (12-ounce) microwave-safe mug. Note that if you are using a smaller cup, your cake may rise and spill over the rim. Mix thoroughly with a fork until ingredients are well combined.

2. To the same mug, add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and an egg. Whisk all the ingredients together with a fork until the mixture is homogeneous and free of lumps. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.

3. Microwave your mug cake uncovered for 90 seconds. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes before eating — trust me, it gets hot!

4. Top the mug cake with more chocolate chips as desired, powdered sugar or ice cream, and enjoy.

After taking it out of the microwave (and waiting for it to cool), your mug cake is ready to enjoy.

How to make your mug cake dairy- and egg-free

Whether you choose to omit dairy and eggs from your diet, have allergies or want to dodge increasing egg prices , you can easily hack a mug cake recipe to exclude milk or eggs.

For the recipe above, simply replace the egg with an extra tablespoon of oil. It’s important to note, however, that this does affect the texture of the cake, and it will not rise as much while cooking. To make the recipe dairy-free, simply use a milk alternative such as almond milk, oat milk or soy milk. The results are just as good.

This cake cooks in a microwave.

How does a microwave cook a cake?

The microwave’s history can be traced back to 1955, when the appliance was first introduced for home kitchens, but the mug cake’s lineage is less clear. One of the earlier references to a microwavable dessert cooked in a coffee cup surfaced in a 2009 YouTube video titled “The most dangerous cake in the world.” The woman in the video skeptically tries a recipe from her neighbor, and she concludes that it’s “dangerous” because you can have a moist cake ready in less than 5 minutes any time of day.

Microwaves use super-speedy electromagnetic waves to cook the food item by vibrating the water in the food. This means cooking a cake (and other dishes) can be done much quicker in comparison to ovens, which use gas or electricity to warm up the entire inside of an oven to cook food. A plus for ovens, however, is they can also caramelize and crisp up food, creating a nice crust on baked goods. For baking cakes, this means the color and texture of your dessert will be different when cooked in a microwave instead of baked in an oven.

By Shea Goldstein Parade @dixiechikcooks

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I made these so-easy-to-make Mini Chocolate Cakes just in time. I was searching for the ultimate chocolate cake recipe; I wanted something very, very good. Mediocre would definitely not do.

While I was looking through my cookbooks, I found something perfect, but it wasn’t actually from the book. It was folded up inside the book. I have a ton of these, and some are VERY special.

Backstory: Ok, so here’s the thing; I had a bad baking experience a few weeks ago.

You know, one of those kitchen experiences that make you want to throw a fit?? Nothing works the way it’s supposed to, everything is ridiculously complicated despite the “straightforward” instructions, and the baking time is soooo off. I really could go on and on. That’s when I remind myself that savory recipes are my forte and baking is definitely NOT, and it is not the end of the world. Give me a a few good cuts of STEAK and some fresh asparagus and I’m in my cooking happy place.

As I was looking for a good chocolate cake recipe, I found a hand-written recipe for chocolate cake in one of my cookbooks (I only have a thousand), and I thought OK I’m definitely trying this. I have no idea where I got it from, but I can tell it was from the early ’90s based on my handwriting and the recipe in the book I saved it in.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

I worked at SouthTrust Bank (Wells Fargo bought it a few years ago), and I worked with several awesome women at the time in the Compliance Department as an administrative assistant. I was so young, and they were all such awesome ladies that were like big sisters to me.

It has to be one of them. Ok, back to now.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

So, I made the cake from the recipe, and it was ridiculously easy. The cake came out SO beautifully moist, and sprung right out of the pan. Instead of making a whole cake, I made itty bitty cakes with my mini muffin pan.

They’re so stinkin’ CUTE.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Some of these I added sprinkles on top, which you could totally do, or even sanding sugar would be fun.

Instead of making a frosting, I used a very high-quality coating and dipping milk chocolate that I’ve used for SEVERAL THINGS. This was also a huge time saver, and it hardens up to be a beautiful chocolate shell, so transporting it is much easier than a regular cake. I love the sheen on this chocolate.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

What’s better than chocolate on chocolate??

I stuffed some of these with caramel and some with coconut filling. These were so good, but the CARAMEL ended up on the bottom of the little cake pan and didn’t want to come off. The coconut was just fine, and was devoured by my coconut loving friend, Susan.

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This easy gluten-free chocolate cake is super simple, and has the perfect texture.

You won’t know it’s gluten-free! It’s my favorite gluten-free chocolate cake recipe and it will be yours too.

And it makes the best gluten-free birthday cake!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Sometimes you just need a little gluten-free cake chocolate cake to get you through the day. We make this chocolate cake recipe at least once a month.

It’s simple, uses minimal ingredients, and it bakes up quick.

I often find that gluten-free cake recipes are complicated or call for a kazillion ingredients (ok, not a kazillion – but a lot).

I don’t have the time or the brain space to bake up crazy big recipes, or recipes that have tons of steps in them.

I need gluten-free cake recipes to be simple, have less than 15 ingredients, and require two bowl or less – otherwise my kitchen ends up a massive wreck.

You know what I’m talking about right?

Piles and piles of dishes, all for one delicious thing – a gluten-free chocolate cake. You might be wondering why it has to be that way. Well, It doesn’t.

There are amazing recipes out there, and they don’t take forever to make or require you to hire a housekeeper to clean up after you in the kitchen. You just have to look for them.

Give this gluten-free chocolate cake a try and see what I mean. We often use this gluten-free cake recipe to make gluten-free birthday cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

When we first switched over to a gluten-free diet we struggled. Gluten-free recipes were over-complicated and we got frustrated in the kitchen.

We were tired of having to hunt down ingredients and even more tired of recipes failing.

Chocolate cake was one of the things we missed the most. Not flour-less chocolate cake, not chocolate cake made with nut butters, but regular old-fashioned gluten-free chocolate cake.

The kind that is crumbly on the outside, and spongy in the middle.

We tried a couple of gluten-free chocolate cake mixes (mind you, this was seven years before this post) and weren’t satisfied. Most of them tasted like grass.

It wasn’t until I started creating recipes from scratch that we found our perfect, easy gluten-free chocolate cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make gluten-free chocolate cake

There are a couple of tips and tricks to getting the right texture with gluten-free cake. First, you have to follow the recipe.

So many people comment on recipe posts saying that they made a ton of substitutions and the recipe didn’t turn out.

Other than the dairy substitute, I haven’t tried other substitutes in this recipe. If you use substitutions, you are doing so at your own risk.

Second, you want to mix at the right time and not over-mix. When you are beating the oil, sugar, and eggs you’ll want to beat it for the time listed.

This adds air which in turn helps the cake rise. Beating any longer will cause the batter to stiffen.

Can I make this gluten-free chocolate cake dairy-free?

Yes, you can make this gluten-free chocolate cake dairy-free. Simply use dairy-free milk in the gluten-free chocolate cake mix and use dairy-free butter in the frosting.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Can I make this gluten-free chocolate cake egg-free?

I haven’t tried using an egg substitute in this gluten free chocolate cake but a few others have tried it with flax-egg.

If you make it egg free please stop back by and let me know which egg replacer you used.

If you don’t want to experiment, you could always start with my Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes.

What causes a gluten-free cake to crack on top?

If your temperature is too high, or your cake is placed in the oven too high your cake may bake up into a high, cracked dome.

The heat of baking activates the baking powder and causes it to release carbon dioxide, which forms bubbles and raises the cake.

If your oven is too hot, that process is sped up. Make sure to place your cake in the center, and regularly check your oven’s temperature.

Some of my favorite gluten-free cake recipes:

If you are looking for cupcake recipes, just search cupcakes in the search bar on the right. Here is a video of my gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, which uses the same ingredients as this chocolate cake.

Why did my gluten-free cake sink?

There are several reason why cakes sink, one is from over beating the batter and adding too much air. Also, cakes often will sink when there is too much moisture.

This is more common in humid climates where added moisture can collect naturally in ingredients such as flour.

When this occurs, cupcakes may rise rapidly and then fall during baking.

In higher elevations, the leavening agent works twice as hard and may cause the batter to rise rapidly and sink before it’s had a chance to set up.

All these tips are relevant to most cake and cupcake recipes, not just this Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This gluten-free chocolate cake recipe is a family favorite.

I wanted to share it with you so you can find your happily-cake-ever-after.

This gluten-free cake recipe is simple enough that anyone can make it (yes, even the non-baker folks). Serve it with Gluten Free Ice Cream for an extra special treat.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! If you like cake then you’ll also love my Gluten-Free Lemon Cake and my Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes.

If you make this gluten-free cake please stop back by here and let me know what you thought!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

It certainly doesn’t happen often in my house, but on the rare occasion we don’t devour an entire cake, I’m always looking for fun, new leftover cake recipes.

I hate wasting food, so even if I overbake something, I feel the need to use it. When I got a new oven, we went through a LOT of cake pops!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

The good news is that there are a bunch of recipes for that extra cake, even if it’s covered in frosting.

From simple cake truffles to pound cake French toast and chocolate cake shakes (yes, really!), this list of 10 leftover cake recipes has everything you’ll need to use up every single crumb!

1. Birthday Cake Truffles

These are as good as they sound, and if you’ve ever been to Milk Bar, I know you’ve tried these and let out a little groan.

The actual cake truffle here is a simple mix of leftover vanilla or Funfetti cake with vanilla frosting and a bit of extra milk for moisture.

But it’s the cookie crumb that makes these pop!

You’ll mix flour, sugar, and cornflour with melted butter, vanilla, and sprinkles and bake until lightly golden.

I like to use an ice cream scoop to portion mine because it’s easy and mess-free.

Once they’re rolled and chilled, you’ll just need to dip in melted white chocolate and roll in the cooled cookie crumbs.

2. Cake Scraps Fudgy Brownie Recipe

This recipe is baking magic at its finest! Seriously, you won’t believe how simple and delicious these brownies come out.

Just blitz your leftover cake in a food processor until it’s nice and crumbly, then throw in the rest and blitz until smooth.

It takes minutes, and you’ll be left with a thick and chocolatey batter that will bake into the fudgiest brownies ever!

If you use chocolate cake scraps, it will be much deeper in flavor, but vanilla would work, too.

Either way, adding in chocolate chips is a must.

3. Cake Crumb Pudding

Bread pudding is a sweet, dense, and tasty way to use up stale bread. But did you know it doesn’t just have to be bread?

When I worked in a bakery, we would take all the leftovers (cake, donuts, pastries, and more) and add them to the mix.

The different flavors and textures really made this simple little treat into something extra special.

If you blitz the cake into crumbs, this will be very custard-like.

If you like a bit more texture, try chopping the cake into crumbs and toasting some of it first.

Don’t over-mix this, or you’ll lose any texture it has. I like mine with rum or tea-soaked raisins, too!

4. Cake Pops

Cake pops can be made using any kind of cake and frosting you might have leftover, provided the flavors work together, of course.

I don’t think chocolate cake would work too well with lemon frosting.

When making your mix, if the cake already has frosting, don’t add extra until you’ve broken it down to crumbs. You might find it’s moist enough.

If you’re starting with just cake scraps, add the frosting a little at a time, as a super moist cake won’t need much.

The idea is to add just enough so it will hold its shape as you scoop and roll.

Too much, and you’ll be left with one (delicious) sticky mess.

Again, use an ice cream scoop to ensure you get the same size balls and be sure to chill them/freeze them before dipping in melted chocolate.

5. Chocolate Cake Shake

I really enjoy a bit of texture in my milkshakes.

Cookies and cream are a great example of that almost grainy texture from the blended Oreos.

I know it doesn’t sound great, but if you’ve tried it, you’ll get what I mean.

That said, this will also have a texture. It’s not quite as grainy, but it’s not smooth either, which I think makes it extra tasty!

Be sure to add cake and frosting, so you get maximum flavor and feel free to use chocolate ice cream if you want it really rich.

6. Pound Cake French Toast

Just when you thought French toast couldn’t get any better, with this recipe, nobody has to know you’re having cake for breakfast!

Unlike most French toast recipes, you don’t want to over-saturate your pound cake.

It’s not as stable as bread, so it will break apart if you leave it for too long.

A great way to ensure it holds its shape is to give it a light toasting before adding the custard.

Alternatively, why not try a pound cake French toast casserole? Make the custard and pour it over your cake in a baking dish.

Instead of leaving it overnight, just let it sit in the fridge for about an hour before baking.

7. Mango Trifle

Trifle is a layered dessert made using cake, custard/pudding, whipped cream, and usually a fruit layer.

So, if you have some leftover vanilla cake, why not break it up and make this sunny little trifle?

Since the cake is layered with pudding and cream, it doesn’t need to be neat, and if it has frosting, it will just add to the flavor.

I think this would be extra tasty with coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut sprinkled over the top.

Though it’s not essential, caramelizing your mangoes with a bit of brown sugar will elevate this to another level!

8. Grilled Pound Cake with Berries

I’ve mentioned toasting your leftover cake a couple of times in this post, but have you ever grilled cake before?

If you’re already grilling meat and the BBQ is still hot, you’ll have to give this a go.

Not only do the grill marks look amazing, but they add such a unique, smoky flavor to the buttery cake.

If you pair it with grilled fruit, it’s even better!

9. Domino Cake

This is a very dense and fudgy cake scrap recipe. It’s pretty similar to a no-bake cake made using dates and nuts.

The great part is, not only can you use chocolate or vanilla cake, but you can even throw in leftover cookies if you have them!

10. Lemon Raspberry Trifle Recipe

This quick trifle recipe needs just four ingredients: leftover white, vanilla, or lemon cake, lemon pudding, whipped cream, and fresh raspberries.

Lemon cake works incredibly well here, but if you only have vanilla, you might want to make a quick batch of lemon curd to boost that zesty taste.

If you have, say, a lemon and blueberry cake left, you could always swap out the raspberries for extra blueberries.

Though the raspberries would make a great color contrast!

Chocolate Ice Cream

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Follow this easy recipe to learn how to make homemade chocolate ice cream. This recipe is super easy and requires only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of work. No ice cream machine needed and no special equipment needed. This homemade ice cream recipe is also eggless and no-churn needed. The result is creamy, smooth and rich homemade chocolate ice cream! Full Recipe here: Chocolate Ice Cream

Japanese Cheesecake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This Japanese cheesecake is fluffy, light and easy to make. All you need to make this Japanese soufflé cheesecake is 3 ingredients. Unlike other classic cheesecake recipes, this cheesecake is simple and doesn’t require a lot of preparation. Full Recipe here: Japanese Cheesecake

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This 3 ingredient chocolate cake recipe is vegan, gluten free, eggless, dairy free and no bake. This chocolate cake is low in sugar and it takes only 10 minutes to make it. The taste of this cake is surprisingly good. If you are looking for an easy, light and healthier cake you should give this cake a try. Full Recipe here: Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Oreo Mousse

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This 3-ingredinets Oreo mousse recipe is super easy to make and requires only few minutes of work. If you an Oreo lover and like simple desserts, you should give this recipe a try. This mousse is not like the traditional mousse and doesn’t contain any eggs (eggless mousse). Full Recipe here: Oreo Mousse

Chocolate Fudge

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This easy chocolate fudge recipe is made with only 3 simple ingredients. These chocolate fudge squares are rich, chewy and very delicious. They are perfect for holidays, or as a gift. To make this easy recipe you need only 10 minutes of work and no baking requires. Full Recipe here: Chocolate Fudge

Oreo Ice Cream

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Learn how to make easy homemade Oreo ice cream without machine. This ice cream recipe is eggless and you need only 3 ingredients and few minutes of work to make this delicious cookies and cream ice cream. Full Recipe here: Oreo Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cookies

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Quick and easy 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies. These peanut butter cookies are gluten-free (flourless) and it takes only 25 minutes to make them. Perfect cookie recipe for peanut butter lovers. Full Recipe here: Peanut Butter Cookies

Nutella Cookies

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

These 3-ingredient Nutella cookies are very easy to make, you don’t need to be an experienced baker to make them and there are taste good. You can prepare these cookies with homemade Nutella or with store bought. No matter what you choose, the cookies will still taste delicious. Full Recipe here: Nutella Cookies

Butter Cookies

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Learn how to make the easiest butter cookies with only 3 ingredients that you already have. These butter cookies are so delicious and they melt in your mouth! This recipe is super easy and anyone can make it at home. Full Recipe here: Butter Cookies

White Chocolate Mousse

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Quick and easy 3-ingredient white chocolate mousse. This white chocolate mousse is rich and creamy, and you need only 10 minutes of work to make this beautiful dessert. This easy white chocolate mousse is perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or any other occasion. If you looking for individual desserts, this recipe is for you! You can top this mousse with white chocolate shavings, fresh strawberries, raspberries or oven nuts. Full Recipe here: White Chocolate Mousse

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Ingredients

Heat oven to 350º F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each with a round of parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.

In a small saucepan, combine the butter and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add to the flour mixture and, using an electric mixer, mix until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Transfer one of the cakes to a platter and spread with ¾ cup of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread with the remaining frosting.

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Real Simple Frosting Recipe • 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) semisweet chocolate, chopped • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), at room temperature Melt the chocolate in a medium bowl set over (but not in) a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often, until melted. Let cool to room temperature (do not let it solidify). Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. With the mixer running, slowly add the chocolate and beat until combined and smooth.

I would like have the frosting recipe that is on the cake shown. Please email me with the frosting recipe. I cannot imagine you posting a cake recipe without the frosting recipe shown to ?

makes 12 LARGE cupcakes great recipe.

Does it take 1 cup of water?? Water is not in the list of ingredients.

I have not tried but will give it a shot soon. Looks great! In the meantime you cut the recipes calories in half by making the serving 16 instead of 8 servings. I imagine that this cake could also be made in a 13 x 9 pan and no one would carve that into eight pieces! Better yet, you could cut it into 24 pieces (4 x 6) if you made it in a pan. I have been of sugar now for 3 months and feel great. Finally have the sweet tooth under control. Strangely, the portion problem is also under control and I can have a small slice ( like 1/24 of a pan) and be completely satisfied. Cured a 50 year habit in just under a month.

Really. It’s CHOCOLATE CAKE. it’s supposed to have a “high calorie count”. LOL!!

Fantastic! This cake is so rich, dense, moist and fudgy. Just what I was looking for. I made it for a family gathering and everyone loved it. I used a basic chocolate meringue buttercream instead of the frosting suggested. And for those of you worried about calories. How often to you really eat something so decadent? Sometimes you have to treat yourself. Also, I can not see anyone eating 1/8th of this cake as a serving. I know we got AT LEAST 16 servings out of it. And yes, regular exercise is key to being able to occasionally enjoy such things!

This cake was SO INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! It is now officially my standard chocolate cake. Dense, moist, still fluffy, and rich. It is not very difficult to make. I frosted with a homemade butter cream, and it was awesome. I ate a ton of it by myself, but like another reviewer said, it serves more than 8, and a thinner slice is more than sufficient because it is so rich (make sure you have a glass of milk handy!) Enjoy! : )

If you all would put on your running shoes and move your body every once in a while, you wouldn’t have to worry about the calories so much!

I wonder if anyone has used this recipe to make cupcakes? I wonder about the difference in baking time. Oh, and if you don’t like the calorie count, find another website.

Big fat yummers!

I made this for Easter. It was a hit! It served many more than 8. It was very rich so a small slice was perfect. I highly recommend this and will be saving the recipe to make it again.

A great BIG YEAH! for all the people that wrote in complaining about the calorie counters. I’m like Wanderdust; I just want to know if someone has tried it, how it turned out, and if they have any tips that would help me during the preparation. It’s MY choice what I eat. I wrote in asking about the ‘Ginger Ale Ham’; it was the same scenario, i.e. blah, blah, blah about the sodium content. I still don’t know if it is any good or not. There are times that quite frankly I don’t care how much fat or calories something has in it. It’s not like I eat this type of thing morning, noon, and night every day. Lighten up people; enjoy some of what life has to offer. If you’re so very concerned about the nutritional value of everything you eat, why don’t you stick with websites that are specifically dedicated to that type of food? So. has anyone tried it yet.

I wish someone would say how it turned out rather than comment on the calories. Was it rich and decadent? If you are going to have chocolate cake, it should be yummy! What’s the point of eating dry, butter-less, sugarless sawdust? Have your cake and eat it, too.

I was going to say something about those calories, but after seeing the other comments I apparently am not the only one who believes your choice of high calorie recipes is ridiculous. You might want to consider reading and visiting “Taste of Home” as a role model. This is not the first time I questioned your choice of a high calorie dish.

Everyone who is panicking about the caloric content of this recipe is being hysterical. Food (including chocolate cake) is not the enemy, and someone with a varied, reasonable diet and no chronic medical conditions can absolutely eat this once in a while without fear of imminent, painful death. Every day? Certainly not. But I am tired of people saying that certain foods are inherently bad. (Except high fructose corn syrup. That is in fact inherently bad.) Furthermore, there is no inherent virtue in cooking light–although apparently there is a considerable amount of self-righteousness involved.

You’ve got to be kidding!! 5 sticks of butter to serve 8 people. Sounds good, but this is heart attack haven!

1306 calories! Yikes. No wonder our country has 25% obesity with recipes like this. I’ll stick to cooking light where I can have my cake and eat it too.

This vegan chocolate cake is moist, chocolatey, and so delicious! It’s the perfect recipe to use for any special occasion!

This vegan chocolate cake is moist, chocolatey, and so delicious! It’s the perfect recipe to use for any special occasion!

Preheat oven to 375. In one bowl, use a fork to mix the melted vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, almond or oat milk, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder.

Once the mixture is smooth, mix in the flour until just combined. Be careful not to over work your batter or the cake will become dense.

Bake your loaf for 30-40 minutes (oven times vary) or 25-30 minutes for a round cake pan. Be careful not to over bake this loaf or it will become dry. When you remove it from the oven, it might seem soft in the very center but once you allow it to cool it will be done in the middle and super moist. While baking, use a whisk or hand mixer to mix your frosting ingredients!

Once the loaf is done, allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes and then spread the frosting over it. Enjoy!

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Directions

Preheat oven to 375. In one bowl, use a fork to mix the melted vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, almond or oat milk, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder.

Once the mixture is smooth, mix in the flour until just combined. Be careful not to over work your batter or the cake will become dense.

Bake your loaf for 30-40 minutes (oven times vary) or 25-30 minutes for a round cake pan. Be careful not to over bake this loaf or it will become dry. When you remove it from the oven, it might seem soft in the very center but once you allow it to cool it will be done in the middle and super moist. While baking, use a whisk or hand mixer to mix your frosting ingredients!

Once the loaf is done, allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes and then spread the frosting over it. Enjoy!

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How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This Easy Chocolate Camping Cake is delicious & so simple. Whip one up today & dig your fork into a wonderfully moist, chocolaty cake after dinner tonight.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

This Easy Chocolate Camping Cake is delicious and ridiculously simple to make.

Whip one up today and dig your fork into a wonderfully moist, chocolaty cake in under 45 minutes! It’s seriously sinful.

I love chocolate cake, and I love easy recipes and this Easy Chocolate Camping Cake fits the mold for both and tastes incredible.

It is actually an oldie but goodie from this blog, a part of the Secret Recipe Club wayyyyyy back when.

Now defunct, the Secret Recipe Club doesn’t exist anymore.

Tina, who originally created the Easy Chocolate Camping Cake (and I have no idea where she got it from), no longer blogs.

We are friends and have been for years, but I truly miss her fun recipes – always super easy and creative and full of deliciousness!

But at least this recipe among a few others of hers, live on. That’s really all that matters.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

My photography has improved immensely since this original recipe was posted, BUT I love these photos anyway and I wanted to keep them up for prosperity.

I guess maybe someday I will remake the recipe with new photos, but for now – these are just as great.

Trust me this cake is just as heavenly as it looks! You will want to make it again and again!

Let’s make Easy Chocolate Camping Cake!

Who’s ready to stick their fork into this chocolaty goodness?

Less than 45 minutes and I promise you will be! Enjoy! Let’s get this thing going!

Think you will be whipping up some of this beautiful Easy Chocolate Camping Cake up in your kitchen?

If you are anything like me you love chocolate. Anything chocolate. So I knew that I needed to make a delicious moist gluten free chocolate cake recipe that we could enjoy. Let’s face it, boxed cake mixes are nice, but they can’t hold a candle to the from scratch goodness. At least not in my mind! I think you guys are going to love this recipe. There is a secret ingredient to keep it moist and the icing. … it’s to die for! Seriously. So good!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

You will need two round cake pans to get this cake perfect. I used 9 inch rounds. You could probably use 8 inch rounds but might have to cut the tops off the cake.

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

Of course you knew I was going to have to throw Good Cook in here somewhere. I love this knife. Yeah it’s not first choice for slicing a cake, but it was clean and available! And well I LOVE it!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

You’re going to need my Artisan Gluten Free Flour Blend for this cake. You can probably use other flour blends, but it is the only one that I have had complete success with. I’d love to hear what other blends you’ve made work with it!

How to make an easy and delicious chocolate cake

I really don’t know what else to say about this cake other than you have to try it. It is so good. My family loved it. Our roofing crew loved it. It is definitely a must have at our house. I’ve made it for birthdays before as well. You’re going to want to have it on hand for every occasion even those that aren’t special!

And now, I am going to go work on perfecting my dairy free version of this cake to share with you too. This cake is so good. After dairy free I am working on a super yummy white cake and then maybe a strawberry. But somewhere in there has to land a yellow one with yellow icing for a special girl with a birthday this month. Yellow is her favorite color. I’m also in the mood for something adventurous. . . . tomato cake anyone! 🙂

  • Total Time 1h
  • Prep Time 20 m
  • Calories 550

Be it any occasion, a Chocolate Cake never fails! It creates memories through its taste and flavours. Even if you are feeling low, this chocolate cake recipe will woo you over and make you feel happy as its moist and delicious. So, what are you waiting for? Go for this cake recipe explained through step-by-step pictures.

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Ingredients of Chocolate Cake

  • 250 gm all purpose flour
  • 4 beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 250 gm powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter

How to make Chocolate Cake

Step 1 Mix all the dry ingredients and pre-heat the oven

To prepare this easy chocolate cake recipe, pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Meanwhile, grease and line a 7-inch round cake tin with baking paper and butter. Now, sieve together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Keep the dry ingredients aside.

Step 2 Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and bake the cake batter

Take a glass bowl and mix butter and sugar into it. Beat these ingredients till light and fluffy. Make sure that the sugar has dissolved. Now, beat in the eggs, two at a time and allowing at least two minutes gap between each addition. Lightly fold in the flour into the mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 3 Tasty Chocolate Cake is ready!

Check if the cake is baked properly by inserting a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done. Transfer the cake onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely. Cover with your favourite toppings. Then slice and serve.