Simple Chocolate Cake!

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simple chocolate cake

This cake was just so simple!  I didn’t have to dirty a ton of dishes or melt chocolate or make a huge mess in the kitchen.  I just used one bowl and a few measuring cups… and I was rewarded with a beautiful rich moist chocolate cake.  I also loved that the layers (I made 3) cooked up so evenly… perfect for stacking.

Now that I’ve made this, I don’t think I’ll be buying boxed mix anymore.

Simple Chocolate Cake!

Author Holly


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour your baking pan (see size information in the notes below) or line your muffin pan with paper liners for cupcakes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla to dry mixture and mix with an electric mixer on medium for about 2 minutes. Gently mix in boiling water. Note: Your batter will seem thin, it's ok.. it's supposed to!
  5. Pour into pans and bake. Cool on wire racks.

Recipe Notes

9x13 pan: 35 - 40 minutes
3 layers (3 x 8" round cake pans) 30 to 35 minutes
Cupcakes: Line with paper cups. Fill 2/3 full and bake 22 to 25 minutes.
Nutrition Information

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

This recipe was inspired by Hershey’s!


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  1. Hi there, may i know by this measurement “1-3/4 cups flour”, does it mean the recipe requires 1 & 3/4 cups of flour? Thank you :)

  2. Hershey’s chocolate cake is my go-to favorite….I make it with the special dark cocoa for an extra chocolate fix….so delicious!

    1. That would make it nice and rich! I am considering trying replacing the boiling water with hot coffee next time for a little extra depth! <3

  3. I have been making this cake recipe for over 20 years. It’s the only chocolate cake I make. Moist and delicious! It also gets better when you use quality cocoa. Try for high-fat dutch process. Penzey’s if you can get it.