Best Ever Chocolate Cake

The only chocolate cake recipe you’ll ever need

It’s criminal that I’ve never posted my original chocolate cake recipe. This cake is incredibly moist with a deep, rich chocolate flavor and the creamiest chocolate frosting you can imagine.

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

I am a cake snob. There, I said it. I’ve never been more proud than when my foodie friend Irene (@chompdallas on Instagram) told me that I’ve “ruined her” for cake. But seriously. If there’s one thing I make really, really well, it’s cake so trust me when I say, this is the the best chocolate cake recipe ever.

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Here’s the secret: you can’t over bake it! Dry cake is the worst. Check it a few minutes before it’s done and pull it out the very first moment that the toothpick comes out clean. That’s the secret. For heaven’s sake, if a recipe says 20-30 minutes don’t you dare set the time for 30 minutes. In this example, I would set it for 18. Just look at how moist this slice is!

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

But anyway, back to this particular cake. I use dark cocoa powder because I prefer all things dark chocolate and I must say that even my friends who prefer milk chocolate have all told me that this is their favorite chocolate cake. Just try it, please. I don’t even use expensive cocoa powder! I always use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, which is available at most supermarkets, and it’s divine.

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Note that there isn’t any butter in this cake except for the frosting – and even that doesn’t even have a full stick. This means the cake is (a) less calories than other cake if you care about that sort of thing and (b) doesn’t take up all the butter in your house! SO many cakes take a whole box of butter and, well, I hate that. I often bake this cake if I haven’t gotten to the store lately and am low on butter.


Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Finally, you’ll think you’re ruining the cake by adding a cup of boiling water to otherwise perfect looking cake batter but that’s what makes it so moist and delicious. Just trust me here! I hope this will be your new favorite cake recipe.

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

For the cake:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Dark Chocolate Frosting:
6 Tbsp unsalted buter, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

To bake the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9″ cake pans. Coat with cocoa powder the way you would typically flour pans.
  2. Whisk together sugar, flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Add milk, oil and vanilla extract all at once and beat on medium speed of mixer about two minutes, stopped once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gently stir in the boiling water. Divide batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  4. Frost and enjoy!

To make the frosting:

  1. Beat softened butter. Beat in powder sugar and cocoa powder alternately with milk until smooth. Add vanilla and beat well.

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Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Happy baking,

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Akintoye Latifat Adeyinka says:

    Thanks for this beautiful receipe, would love to have more of it

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  4. Linda says:

    Made this cake and icing…it really is the best ever!! The recipe is simple and easy to follow. I am not someone who bakes all the time so I really like simple and easy recipes that turn out good…this one gets a A+++ rating from me…my family loved this cake and icing…so rich, tender and moist. I will definitely be making it again.

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review, Linda! So glad your family loved the cake ❤️

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