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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.

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever. The Best Chocolate Cake recipe with decadent Chocolate Buttercream Frosting that will quickly become your favorite! //

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever. The Best Chocolate Cake recipe with decadent Chocolate Buttercream Frosting that will quickly become your favorite! //

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.


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.



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!



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.

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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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2,456 thoughts on “The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}”

  1. Hi Robyn,

    What a great recipe! Can you please tell me how I can adjust this for a three layer cake? Thank you very much!

  2. Hi Robyn, I made this cake a couple of weeks ago. I used 8 inch tins instead of 9 inches as the recipe said. The cake turned out great, strong chocolate flavour. It was for a birthday and everyone loved it. However, I think I did not do it right. In the oven, they rise up quite high, but slowly flattened down after coming out of the oven. They were very dense, looks like they did not rise. I wonder if you can tell me what did you think I did wrong? Thanks a lot before.

  3. We just had a big wind storm here in BC our power just came back on and we all desperately needed some cake. The only chocolate cake I knew how to make required sour cream, which we didn’t have. So I tried this one. I was very unsure because of the amount of liquid and how thin the batter looked but into the oven it went. This cake was fantastic. I could really taste the espresso, would of been fab with some vanilla ice cream!

  4. Thanks a lot for the recipe! I made the cake for a friend’s birthday and it was a success. It was the first time I made a two layers cake and the frosting. I just put half cup of boiling water because I found the mixit too liquid, and brown sugar instead of white sugar. Apart of that, I followed the recipe and it was perfect. Moist and delicious! I can’t wait to bake it again!

  5. I don’t have any espresso powder on hand, but I do have coffee. Can I brew some really strong coffee and use that as a substitute? Add it instead of the boiling water?

  6. By far the best and I say it again THE BEST chocolate cake ever. It’s super moist and very delicious in its soft and velvety chocolate goodness. Thank you so much for this and it will be my go to recipe for chocolate cake from now on :)

  7. AMAZING! I like my baked goods on the medium-rare side, and usually find cake too dry for my taste. This cake is absolutely amazing. One commenter suggested that it tasted like brownies as if that were a bad thing! The batter does appear much more wattery than you would expect (and I double-checked to make sure I read the flour quantity correctly) but this baked into a beautifully light but decadently moist cake like I have never had before. This is my new go-to for chocolate cake (the icing is incredible as well). The kids couldn’t get enough. Going to be trying the white cake next.

    1. Excellent review. I was also really hesitant about adding all the water at the end, so i actually didnt add it all (probably 3/4 c. Instead of 1 c.).

  8. Hi! This cake looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it! I was trying to get the chocolate buttercream frosting recipe, but I can’t get it to come up! Will you post it on Facebook please. Thanks!!!

  9. I have a recipe very similar to this that I found a while back. It has most of the same ingredients except no baking powder and the cocoa and coffee are boiled on the stove together and turn rich and thick. This is just short of 1/4 cup of sugar and flour from the other one and the other calls for buttermilk instead of regular milk.
    It is a very good deep chocolate dense POUND cake and tastes very close to an oreo cookie. I’m hoping this one will be the same great cake only more moist and airy for a regular layer cake recipe. It’s in the oven, so only time will tell, but it did rise nicely for being a thin batter.

  10. Am I the only one this didnt work for? It was a complete disaster and I followed the recipe to the letter! Its overflowed all over my oven and was a flat, gooey mess. Now, I have no cake and an impossible to clean oven where it’s glued itself to every shelf and the bottom :((((

    1. I used to have those messes sometimes and now I always put a cookie sheet or other sheet pan under my cake pans for this very reason. Also, I have 10″ round deep wedding cake pans (4″), so my layers were a tad bigger in diameter, and less to spill over the top.

      It’s really worth investing in good deep pans for baking. There are many brands. My favorites are Fat Daddio’s pans. …and no, I don’t work for them, not an affiliate, don’t get kickbacks for advertising. lol I just like the pans. They are lightweight, reasonably priced, come in many shapes and sizes and when prepared well, release cakes easily.

      Baking blessings to you! I hope your next cake will be a winner! :)

  11. it was so delicious !!! i baked it as my first ever homemade cake . at the end it looked like a mountain of chocolate !!! thank u so much for these recipes :)))

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