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slice of chocolate cake on white plate with bite missing

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Craving Chocolate Cake? This is my absolute best chocolate cake recipe! Once you try it you’ll never go bought to cake mix again!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot black coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour two nine inch cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper if available.
  3. Add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in coffee. Batter will be very thin.
  6. Place the prepared pans on a baking sheet and pour in the batter. The cake will rise a lot so do not overfill.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minute before removing from pan to a wire rack and allowing to cool completely before frosting.


  • If you don’t want to use the coffee you may substitute hot water instead.
  • Cake batter will be runny.
  • Cake rises a LOT, do not overfill cake pans and place pans on a baking sheet to protect oven in case they overflow.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 374
  • Sugar: 41.5 g
  • Sodium: 450.2 mg
  • Fat: 13.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.8 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.7 mg