Simple Chocolate Cake!

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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!

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.

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.

Notes:

9×13 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.

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This recipe was inspired by Hershey’s!

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

10 comments on “Simple Chocolate Cake!”

  1. I want to make half of this recipe so what am I supposed to do

  2. 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 :)

  3. I made this for my boyfriend last night and he said it was the closest thing to heaven he has ever had!!!

  4. This is the only chocolate cake recipe I will use!!! So many compliments!

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

    • 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

  6. 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.

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