This is my go to recipe for chocolate cake, it is very moist, extremely tasty, and has never failed me- I use this for stacking, fondant, sculpting, and it is even egg-less! It does not have a coffee taste to it- the coffee brings out the chocolate flavor- and this recipe uses only two bowls, no mixers needed!


Amount Ingredient
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups hot water
3/4 cups vegetable oil
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 tbsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 8 inch pans.
Sift flours, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to mix it all together.
Combine hot water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. Mixture will start bubbling, Immediately divide batter between pans, and bake about 30-45 minutes.


luv2laf Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 6:28pm

Thanks for posting this. I am going to try it this weekend. We are vegetarians, so I keep looking for eggless recipies. Wish me luck!

HeidiL Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 6:48pm

This is the recipe I use, minus the coffee and cake flour. It's an old recipe from the Depression era, known as "wacky cake". I skip mixing the wet ingredients separately. I love that I don't have to get out the mixer. This is the only chocolate cake recipe I ever use. It always comes out moist and delicious, yet sturdy enough for carving and stacking. LOVE IT!

BlueBerryBaker Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 6:48pm

Is there supposed to be sugar in this recipe?

AniesBakeHouse Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 7:12pm

I think typo error. Should have sugar in there.

icer101 Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 7:34pm

I would love to try this, how much sugar?

Tails Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 10:55pm

Yup, same as my Wacky Cake:

Debbye27 Says... 26 Jan 2012 , 5:20am

I can't believe I forgot the sugar! 2 cups off sugar-sift with other dry ingredients sorry! I actually made it once without sugar on accident.....very gross!

angiecares Says... 26 Jan 2012 , 6:11am

Thanks for the recipe, i love eggless cakes, i'm certainly going to try it. All the best to you.

rutha Says... 26 Jan 2012 , 6:20am

Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this.

bandcbakes Says... 26 Jan 2012 , 7:32am

I contacted her and she said that it was suppose to included 2 cups of sugar to be sifted with the dry ingredients.

fcakes Says... 26 Jan 2012 , 2:24pm

how much cake does this make? and how many cupcakes? thnx!

Debbye27 Says... 27 Jan 2012 , 7:43am

It's enough batter for 2 8 inch pans. I've used it for 10 inch pans with a little extra for cupcakes. (I love when it works out that way :) and even 3 6 inch pans. However, you don't want to let this batter sit- as soon as you mix the wet ingredients into the dry-it starts bubbling and is ready for the oven. I am not sure how many cupcakes- probably about two dozen...I've never really counted- as I usually am making multiple batters when I do cupcakes.

fcakes Says... 27 Jan 2012 , 11:04am

thank you!!

kellieob Says... 27 Jan 2012 , 10:57pm

What is cake flour??? is this the same as self raising flour ? i live in Ireland so i know we have different names for a lot of things!!!

HeidiL Says... 28 Jan 2012 , 5:53am

Kellieob, cake flour is sifted all-purpose flour with cornstarch added to it. I make this recipe without it, and it turns out fine. You can make your own cake flour if you can't find it in stores. For every cup of sifted flour, remove 2 TBSP and replace with cornstarch. Sift flour and cornstarch together several times.

kellieob Says... 28 Jan 2012 , 9:30am

Thanks for that Heidil, although i might try it your way first without that cake flour and coffee.

ladylauren Says... 30 Jan 2012 , 8:18am

Thanks for posting! I have been looking for a cake recipe that doesn't use eggs. Can't wait to try it out!

cakesbyneen Says... 30 Jan 2012 , 7:56pm

OMGoodness! Thank you SO much for posting this! I've been looking for a good eggless chocolate cake recipe! My little one is allergic to eggs & he loves chocolate, so I'm very excited to try this out for his 3rd birthday in April! Yay! :)

afiata Says... 31 Jan 2012 , 8:12am

so glad i got to see this,i will surely give it a try.

cely10 Says... 2 Mar 2012 , 10:26am

I made your recepi and I love it, thank you.

luv2laf Says... 4 Mar 2012 , 3:55am

It turned out great!! Thanks for sharing:)

eperales0411 Says... 6 Mar 2012 , 4:32pm

I had been looking for a scratch chocolate cake recipe that would have a good flavor and work well for carving. I just love this cake, its moist, carves very well and tastes very good!! Thank you soooo much for this awesome recipe!!!

alicem02080208 Says... 26 May 2012 , 12:37am

Hi every 1, im new to this forum and would like to know could i make this in one large tin. Im going to make it for my Grandsons Birthday cake and also can i freeze it and then take out to decorate, would be glad for responces thanks..................oh and if i make in one tin how long would i have to cook it for.

ajwonka Says... 7 Jun 2012 , 8:42am

I tried this for an egg-free customer & had to throw it all away and make a new recipe. It just wasn't sweet at all.

ajwonka Says... 7 Jun 2012 , 8:43am

Ha! Now I realize why it isn't sweet at all! There's no sugar listed in the ingredients! Obviously a typo but not a good recipe without sugar!

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