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An Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

It's a snap to make this easy chocolate cake recipe!

Thanks to Claire for this photo of a Chocolate Layer Cake Here's my take on an easy chocolate cake recipe--easy ingredients, easy preparation, one bowl and easy clean up! It's that simple...even a kid could make this recipe. That's right...this recipe can be mastered by anyone whether you have baking experience or not. One bowl makes for easy clean up, but we haven't sacrificed good taste!

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An Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water


1. All ingredients should be at room temperature.

2. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C).

3. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) layer cake pans.

4. Sift together the flour, sugar,soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa.

5. Add shortening, eggs, vanilla, milk and water. Beat on low speed for three minutes, then pour into your prepared pans.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

7. Cool in the pans on a rack for 15 minutes, then turn the layers out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Buttercream Frosting Instructions:

Chop the chocolate and place it in double boiler and melt over low heat.

Stir until just melted and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a bowl, beat the butter until light yellow and fluffy (approximately 3 minutes).

Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for another 3 minutes.

Gradually add the powdered sugar and then beat at medium speed.

Dissolve the coffee in 2 teaspoons of hot tap water. Add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread ASAP on the cooled cake.
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