Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Best Chocolate Cake

There are a few staple recipes every cook should have and the perfect party cake is one of them. Until recently, I never seemed to be able to master the traditional layer cake.  I tried many that were good but not great, so I tended to favor box mixes because they just seemed moister.  Then one night I stumbled upon the easiest of recipes in an attempt to meet a sudden chocolate cupcake craving from Andrew.  This used ingredients I had on hand, only one bowl, no dry ingredient sifting or room temperature eggs.  I was skeptical.  Then pleasantly surprised.  Actually, somewhat blown away.  The best news is it gets better with each passing day.  Hitting its peak around day 3, or so I hear, it never seems to last quite that long in our home! Boxed cake mix lovers let me reform you...

You'll Love Me Forever Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa {I like Ghirardelli}
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk {I've used 1% and whole with equal success}
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tsp good quality vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350.
Butter and flour cake pans or line muffin pan for cupcakes.
Combine sugar through salt in a large mixing bowl.
Make a well and add remaining ingredients, except the boiling water.
Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Then stir in one cup boiling water.
Batter will be smooth and very runny.
Pour into prepared pans.
Cook for 30-35 minutes.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese from fridge
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 cups powdered sugar
4-6 TBS heavy cream

Blend butter.
Add cream cheese, blend till combined.
Add vanilla and cocoa, blend till combined
Add powdered sugar blend on low till combined, increase speed to medium and beat till fluffy.
Slowly add cream to desired spreadability.
Beat till fluffy.
Lick the beater or if you are feeling generous, share with your child!!


  1. Oh this looks sooooooooo good. I know I would love it. I am adding it to favorites. Thanks. Hugs, marty

  2. Aw man...this would be soooo good right now with the cup of coffee I am drinking...GOT to try this recipe! But what about doubling the frosting recipe and doing the sides too? (I am a major lover of frosting.) Too rich?

  3. hi kelly!! there is plenty to do the sides too. in fact i usually do, but i was in a hurry and thought it looked pretty enough so i pitched {gasp} the rest of the frosting. it makes a TON!! enjoy. you will love this recipe!! xo

  4. Sounds delicious! I like how you frosted it. That's actually how I frost my layer cakes. Looks like super homemade goodness.

  5. Yum! That looks awesome! Must try...

  6. Your timing is perfect! My son's birthday is coming up and he wants a chocolate cake. Yay!

  7. Can we please be neighbors? This is just the cake I want for my birthday tomorrow, but I don't bake. Looks divine!

    Happy Monday, sweet friend!

  8. True confession: I've never baked a cake. But have always wanted to. And this look like perfection. When I finally try, perhaps for Valentine's Day, I will def. try this one. I love that you didn't ice the charming.

    I'm crossing my fingers you'll also let us in on the tortellini recipe - I just adore how you put those on skewers w/ the ribbon. Such a darling idea. The entire shower was adorable.

  9. i will definitely share the tortellini recipe too!!

    1. I couldn't find the comment button so I had to just hit "reply". Anyway, this is my go-to chocolate cake recipe too. It's actually Hershey's and I rarely make the same cake twice but for chocolate cake, I always use this one! Glad you found it too (:

  10. I just pinned this. It looks scrumptious!!

  11. Pinning this and putting cocoa on my shopping list. Going to make it tonight! YUM!

  12. Looks delish! I must say, your photography is pretty darn good. LOVE!

    Amy R.

  13. this cake {and its pictures} will blow up pinterest.

  14. I made the cake Saturday morning. Was a breeze to make and smelled so good while baking. It turned out great and my family members loved it. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  15. Hello - how did you garnish the top? What kind of chocolate shavings? Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. hi tracey ~ i used a vegetable peeler and a block of good quality semi sweet chocolate. if it was just for me, i would rather a dark chocolate, but i had some picker eaters in the bunch so i played it a little safer. hope you love the cake as much as i do!

  16. Oh wow! I have to try this for the hubby's birthday next month. He (and I) will love it!

  17. I haven't been able to fing a decent chocolate recipe, each and every one I've tried has been not mooist enough or just mediocre. I will definitely give this one a try right away since I'm pregnant and have been craving chocolate cake like crazy! thanks for sharing (:

  18. thank you so much for this recipe! i made it on monday to take it to my sister's bbq and everyone absolutely loved it! this recipe is a keeper!

  19. I just found your blog on twitter and this cake looks incredible.

  20. I can't say no to that chocolate cake. You are really making me crave for that delectable cake! Can't wait to try the recipe. Happy Evening.

  21. I am not a chocolate cake fan, or should I say wasn't a fan. My Mom made a cake similar to this when I was a kid and she's been with Jesus for a long time so I haven't been able to get the recipe from her. I've tried a few versions over the years, but they were always dry or not very flavorful. A friends birthday was today and her favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting, well I thought I'd try another and found this one. I just returned from the birthday dinner and I'm soooo happy this is IT!!! This cake is moist and sooo gooooodddd, everyone loved it!!! Not dry nor bland, yummmmmy!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you and the Lord for leading me here :) <3

  22. Oh, I will definitely love this cake forever! Anyway, although we have the choice to add frosting at the sides, I think you placed the right amount of chocolate that evens out the cake. Besides, the cake is not dry and bland (which is what I’m thankful for!), so the frosting does not take the spotlight away from it.

    Berenice Ponder

  23. sooo good! made this cake for my dad's birthday back in March, he raved about how it was the most moist chocolate cake ever! Shared it with my mom whose words were the exact same! and now with fathers' day coming up, this was his only request! thanks for such a staple recipe!

  24. I just had to write to say that I just finished making this cake as a Valentine treat for my kids when they get off the bus. I have made this cake ( and as cupcakes and a bundt cake ) about a dozen times. Thank you for this! I live on the south shore of MA and I love the New England style of your home. I bought my house 8 years ago and I feel like I am always re-decorating, upgrading etc. Your blog is a source of inspiration and also on IG. Best of luck and we can't wait for Spring here either!

  25. I just finished making this cake as a Valentine treat for my kids. I have made this as a cake, cupcakes and a bundt cake and it never fails! I live on the south shore of MA and I appreciate your New England style in your home. I bought my house eight years ago and I feels as if I am constantly re-decorating and upgrading. Your blog is an inspiration and I follow you on IG as well. Best of luck and we can't wait for Spring here either!

  26. I am going to attempt this cake for my daughter's upcoming birthday. I always bake and frost my cakes the night before the party and leave it at room temperature, but I've also heard that cakes with buttercream frosting need to be refrigerated because of the heavy cream? I actually never refrigerate my cakes/cupcakes because I feel like they taste less moist - any tips/suggestions on how you store your cake after it's baked? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!