The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}

The best chocolate cake recipe. Ever? There are plenty of claims for the best chocolate cake recipe. I get that. But with one bite of this chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, every single person around the table commented that this was the best chocolate cake they’d ever tasted.


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So as for my house, this chocolate cake recipe now holds that honor.

As the compliments continued, I didn’t begin to tell them how easy it was to make.

In all honesty, it is probably one of the easiest cakes I’ve made in a long time, really, but I just smiled and thanked them.

As we continued on gobbling up the cake, drinking our coffee or iced cold milk, the compliments just kept coming.

Then the requests for the recipe started.

That’s generally when you know that folks really like what you’ve made if they ask for the recipe and tell you for what event they plan to serve it.

As a cook, that really is one of the highest compliments you can receive – well, at least in my book.

It was great to hear that they thought the cake was just as good after their last bite as they thought it was with their first.

Here’s another great thing about this recipe. The cake batter really can be made in a bowl without the use of a heavy duty mixer. Of course, that just makes things easier, but this is easily a recipe my Grandmother would have enjoyed making in her tiny kitchen with a whisk and a bowl. And I’m sure it would have turned out perfectly, too.


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I’m not going to kid you, this makes a very rich, moist, and absolutely luxurious chocolate cake recipe. So if you are a faint of heart chocolate cake person, this is not the cake for you.

Based on the Old Fashioned Hershey’s recipe, I sort of went a bit heavy-handed with some changes testing cake after cake until I got it just the way I wanted it, but the end result was oh so worth it.


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The few crumbs left on plates gave that away.

One of the ingredients that really made this chocolate cake recipe come to life, in my opinion, was the addition of espresso powder in both the chocolate cake and in the chocolate frosting.

If you’ve not tried a bit of espresso when baking with chocolate, you really should.

The espresso works to elevate the flavors in much the same way as vanilla extract and I now think of it as an essential part of my spice cabinet.

Espresso powder is easy to find at the grocery store or even online if your grocer doesn’t stock it normally.

Believe me when I say, it is very much worth the effort to have just for those times you are baking with chocolate!


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So my friends, if you have a chocolate lover in your midst, make them this cake. If they’ve had a bad day this is certainly something that will brighten it for them. If they’ve had a great day, then this chocolate cake is a great way to celebrate with them!

It just needs to happen.


Let me just say again, this chocolate cake + this Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe = the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had!

And here it is.

4.8 from 377 reviews

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}
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Chocolate Cake with decadent chocolate frosting that will quickly become your favorite!
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. For the cake:
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  5. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  7. Frost cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Do let me know how you like it.

If you are looking for cupcakes from this recipe, I’ve shared my recipe for the best chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting for ya.

Robyn xo



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A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1271
    Kyle Bushor says:

    The first bite I took I heard an applause and Ava Maria in the distance and began to cry like an incessant little girl on how good this cake was.

    10/10 Will Bake again.

  2. 1272

    Thank you so much for this… I wanted to take the time to thank you and let you know how much we love this!
    As a caterer and baker… This is our go to recipe for chocolate cakes… It is the BEST Chocolate cake recipe by far! We have taken your recipe and revised it to make it gluten., and it’s perfect every time!

    Two Moms Catering

  3. 1273

    Just wondering, can you leave the mixture in the fridge over night?

    • 1274

      I have baked this cake with great success although not iced and tasted as yet. My question is does this cake freeze well?

  4. 1275

    hey robyn. this is the first ever time i have ever baked in my life but i think i am going to bake this for a start(the best choclate cake recipe){Ever}.i think this is a gooood cake. therefore i am going cook this for my whole entire famliy.

    great cake by the way……..


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  6. 1278

    I would love to try out this chocolate cake recipe but I am not sure what adjustments I would have to make for being at a high altitude (above 5000 feet).

  7. 1279

    Will try this recipe today :)

  8. 1280
    Brenda Estep says:

    I will be making this cake today! It looks wonderful! Read all the comments… I’m in!

  9. 1281

    I was wondering, can I leave the other half of the batter and bake it afterwards because I only have a small oven which only allows one baking pan (9″inch) at a time? Will be trying this recipe for my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary tomorrow! Thanks!

  10. 1282

    i only have one tin, how do i bake this with one tin?

    • 1283

      Hi May,
      I would recommend that since you only have one baking pan, you bake the layers separately. Just pour about a third of the batter into the prepared baking pan and then once that layer has cooked and you’ve turned it out onto a wire rack for completely cooling, wash the baking pan and begin again with the next layer. Alternately, if you have a large rimmed sheet pan you can use this version of the recipe –

    • 1284

      PEEERRRRFFFEEEECCCTTT CAAKEE. my family don’t like cake much but after dinner, it was all gone. i was ecstatic, still is actually.

  11. 1285

    can you taste the espresso powder? im thinking of making this for my soon to be sister in laws wedding but in cupcakes with your chocolate buttercream. Is the cake light and fluffy and fudgy? sorry for so many questions but I want them to turn out great!

  12. 1286

    Oh WOW!!! With so many posts out there about the greatest, best, most wonderful chocolate I was skeptical. I made this cake and the frosting for a coworkers birthday today and it was FANTASTIC!!! I covered the sides in mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for some added flare! Thanks for the recipe!! Its a keeper for sure!! :)

    • 1287

      Ohhhh, I love the idea of adding the chips to the sides. It sounds like it was a huge hit. Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

  13. 1288
    Jenny Ooi says:

    With all that review, i can’t wait to bake it for my mum in law’s birthday. Can anyone confirm how many gm is 3 sticks of butter pls. Tq

  14. 1290

    I made this yesterday and frosted it with your Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

    It was amazing! We try to eat Paleo, but occasionally I’ll make a non-Paleo dessert – and this was well worth it!

    My family was visiting yesterday, and everyone kept having “just one more piece” more than once. My dad said, “I need to get away from this cake because I can’t stop eating it.” lol

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. 1291

    Hello Robyn, this cake is absolutely delicious. Do you have a vanilla/yellow cake recipe this moist also?

  16. 1292

    Butter milk? Semi-skimmed?

  17. 1293

    Has anyone tried making this cake in a bundt pan?

  18. 1294

    very good, i had to tweek it a little because something isnt right with my oven. in stead of 1 cup water I put a 1/2 cup coffee because i didn’t have the espresso powder. so I guess it was a hole different recipe. lol it also took 45 min to cook not 35 and that was with cutting the water in half. :(

  19. 1295
    portia boesen says:

    Very nice moist cake; just the way how I like it. Thanks for sharing; I like your pic of the cake; its a keeper!

  20. 1296

    awesome, frosting bit runny, i must of added too much liquid, wasnt as pretty as youre, but best choc cake ive ever tasted x

  21. 1297
    Netta Hartin says:

    It is the best chocolate cake ive ever baked. THank you for sharing this recipe Top of my list. The hot water keep it moist love it, the colour is dark chocolate, i will make 3 morr for fathers day now. See what my families will say.

  22. 1298

    This cake recipe is delicious, but problem with frosting. I believe there is a mistake with the amount of butter, maybe 1 1/2 sticks as oppposed to 1 1/2 cups? It was too runny and I had to add about 3 more cups of sugar to get it thicker, but it was still a tad runny, but did not want to add more sugar because then it would be too sweet.

  23. 1299

    I followed the recipe of the cake word for word. I tried only the cake. It turned out super yummy.Thanks Robyn for the wonder recipe.

  24. 1300

    I made a half recipe of the icing today because I made the cake in a 9 x 13 pan…the texture was perfect. When I make the icing, I don’t melt the butter. I just use softened butter (very soft room temp) and it has turned out fine.

  25. 1301

    Hi Susan,
    I just finished using this frosting recipe, and the directions of using melted butter seemed strange to me, like it’d make the frosting too runny. After reading your review and others’, that was confirmed! Instead of melting the butter, I just used softened/room temp butter, and the consistency turned out perfect! Smooth, thick and creamy, definitely NOT runny!

  26. 1302

    How long did you bake the cake in the 13 x 9 pan??

  27. 1303
    melanie allen says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Ive made alot of chocolate cakes and this is by far the best EVER I made it exactly how it looks in the pictures you put up for my daughters birthday and everyone was asking for the recipe and my kids loved it so much I think Im going to make it just because I cant get enough myself:) Thank you again for sharing the best recipe ever!

  28. 1304

    Thanks so much, Melanie! Happy birthday to your daughter! I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  29. 1305

    Hi ^^,
    I can see so many great comments about your amazing recipe here that i can’t wait to try it out for my best friend. I am just wondering how much grams is your 2 cups of all-purpose flour and sugar and is it ok to use Dutch processed cocoa?

    Thank again for sharing and i can’t wait to bake it!!!


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