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Best Chocolate Cake

I found this recipe online and I have to say this is the BEST chocolate cake EVER! It is so good.


  • 2 cups of flour 2 cups of sugar 3/4 cup of cocoa 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. of salt 2 large eggs 1 cup of buttermilk 1 cup of vegetable oil 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 1 cup of boiling water


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (This is a slow bake cake) 2. Lightly grease and flou you pan (9 x 13 in.) 3. Place all the dry ingediants (except for cocoa) into a large bowl and combine. 4. Then add the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil to the dry ingrediants. 5. Add the cocoa and the vanilla extract to the boiling water and add the mixture. 6. Mix everything together at medium speed until everything is combined. 7. Pour into pan and bake for 1 hour.

Comments (76)

Would you say this cake is dense enough to stand up under fondant
Definitely!!!!I have this recipe and its the best chocolate recipe I have and use!!!I usually layer it with a white cake and it tastes heavenly.
I use this recipe in my bakery. It is one of the most requested cakes I get. It gets better with age so I always know it will taste great. And it holds together well with the weight of fondant sculpturing.
Can sub whole milk for the buttermilk? Thanks :)
Buttermilk is too different to whole milk to substitute it as buttermilk has acid in it, which reacts with other ingredients when baking. To make Buttermilk add a tablespoon of cream of tartar or lemon juice for every cup of whole milk.
What size cake pan does this recipe fill?
i tried this yesterday...and the cake was so yummy
If this recipe is used for a 2 or 3 layer cake, does anyone know what temperature and length of time should be used?
Could you make cupcakes with this recipe?
Hello! Just would like to know, is this 300 degrees fahrenheit? You said it's a slow bake cake and that would be very hot in centigrade. It's just because in the UK we use centigrade so would just like to clarify. I too would like to know if this can be used for cupcakes - baking times etc. Sounds YUMMY I am going to try this! =) Thanks in advance!
I doubled the recipe and got a 2" tall 10" square out of it. So I guess it would make an 8" round. Harriet, yes that is 300 F, 150 C, Gas Mark 2-3. For cupcakes I would stick to the temperature, put them in for 20 minutes then test them using a skewer or press your finger on top.
Perfect thanks so much for your advice! :) Look forward to trying these :)
Hello everyone I will love to try this recipe today, I have to start making my birthday cake for next week. Is this cake good for carving? I am planning to make a topsy turby. Thanks for you help
Sorry, another question, is that 3 to 4 cups of cocoa or 3 quarters of a cup? I know it sounds silly but just wanted to check! TIA :)
did you use all purpose flour or cake flour?
I just made this cake today with cake flour, and I liked the consistency and texture. I always add a few tsp of instant coffee to chocolate cakes, it makes the chocolate flavor pop. But for some reason, it was a bit too strong in this cake, maybe because of the buttermilk. Anyway, great cake, I'll make it again w/o the coffee.
Funny, I'm actually baking this cake now! My recipe is exactly the same, except mine uses regular milk instead of buttermilk. Deliciously moist cake!!
I made cupcakes with this recipe today, and it was awesome...I'm new at baking and I wondered if the cocoa was suppose to be sweetened or unsweetened? again nice recipe....
I made my mom's birthday cake with this recipe and everyone at the party told me it was the best chocolate cake they had ever tasted. One lady even said she doesn't like cake in general but this one she LOVED!!!
I had a little trouble with this recipe. The cakes fell a bit in the center and seemed to fall apart a bit when I took them out of the pan. It seemed to work better when I put the cocoa in with the dry ingredients and added the boiling water to all ingredients after mixing them for two minutes.I am thinking that adding the cocoa to the hot water then adding this to the mixture seemed to have presented a problem. Did anyone else have trouble? I am trying it again. Let me know if anyone else had trouble with this recipe.
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