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The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe


It’s finally time to share one of my favorite perfect chocolate cake recipe. It was passed down to me years ago and I often make it for birthdays and other special occasions. It’s VERY rich and dense, so you MUST be a chocolate lover to enjoy this perfect chocolate cake. I think it’s pretty easy to make and you can add your own twist on it by changing the filling or frosting flavor. I chose to use a rich chocolate buttercream frosting recipe because if you’re going to make chocolate cake, might as well make it really chocolatey : ) Also, how cool is the stand? I have a secret to share… that’s a candle holder I bought at Michaels a year ago! I thought it would make the best cake stand and this was my first time using it. I bought it for around $15! So everyone go to the craft store and pick up a large candle holder to use for all of your beautiful cakes this fall : )

Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add in the eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add in the boiling water. Divide batter into two 9 inch round pans that have been sprayed. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center of the cake is done. If you take it out too early, the middle will collapse.


Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
8 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon brewed coffee


Beat butter until fluffy, sift together powder sugar and cocoa (you can skip the sifting, but it helps with lumps.) Add the dry ingredients to the butter and beat on high. Slowly add in the milk, vanilla and coffee and beat in high until light and fluffy.

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10 responses to The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. October 11, 2012

    Holy Moly. This looks absolutely to die for….I might have to make it

  2. October 11, 2012

    drooling over those photos!! YUM!

  3. October 13, 2012

    Looks fantastic!!

    Maria xx

  4. October 16, 2012

    The recipe seems awesome and I will definitely try this on my weekends because I love chocolate cakes.

  5. October 18, 2012

    i love the wooden cake stand! so clever! and i’m pinning this recipe too, it looks perfect!

  6. March 20, 2013

    The reason that I love this cake so much, is that it is really moist and dense – the recipe does not include any baking powder, but rather buttermilk and a small amount of baking soda. It delivers big time on the wow factor as well.

  7. Sondra
    May 12, 2013

    A cup of boiling water in the batter self? That seems interesting…I should try it at the end of this month. Hope it comes out nice.

  8. Jen
    June 3, 2014

    Is this made with Dutch cocoa?

  9. Lynn
    December 5, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe.

    I made this last night and am really happy with the result. I hesitated on making this cake due to the lack of specificity of 3 ingredients. The amount of cocoa powder intrigued me and it did produce a more pronounced flavor. The cake was very good and I will make it again.

    However, the aforementioned issue should be addressed:

    2 cups flour: What kind of flour? All-purpose, cake flour?

    2 cups sugar? What kind of sugar? Granulated, caster, dark brown, light brown?

    1 3/4 cups cocoa powder? What kind? This makes a huge difference. Dutch processed cocoa versus natural cocoa.

    I used dutch process and the texture and flavor were good.

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