Best Chocolate Cake Recipe (2024)

Chocolate Cakes: Here’s a simple recipe for a classic chocolate cake. This recipe makes a moist and delicious chocolate cake. You can also customize it with your favorite frosting or add-ins.

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Dr. James Baker first learned how to create chocolate in 1764, when he ground cocoa beans between two enormous circular millstones. This is how chocolate cake got its start.

The Classic Chocolate Cake (Size: 12" round (serves 30-40))

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For the Cake:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting (optional):

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Mix dry ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add wet ingredients:
    • Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
    • Mix until well combined, but do not overmix.
  4. Add boiling water:
    • Gradually add the boiling water to the batter, mixing until smooth. The batter will be thin, but that’s okay.
  5. Bake:
    • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool:
    • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Frosting (Optional):
    • In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  8. Assemble:
    • Once the cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of frosting on top of one cake layer, then place the second layer on top.
    • Frost the top and sides of the entire cake.
  9. Serve:
    • Slice and enjoy your homemade chocolate cake!

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Feel free to get creative with the frosting or add chocolate chips, nuts, or other mix-ins to the batter for extra flavor and texture. Enjoy your delicious homemade chocolate cake!