This is the BEST scratch cake I have ever made! I received lots of compliments on it the first time I made it and plan to use it again and again. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Cake


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. 2. Grease and flour two 9in pans or one 13x9in pan
  3. 3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients
  4. 4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes
  5. 5. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into pans
  6. 6. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  7. 7. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks


SexySuga Says... 2010-05-09 15:48:16

This cake is absolutely delish!!

kixbakes Says... 2010-09-05 19:19:23

is there a difference when i use corn oil instead of vegetable oil? I only have corn oil in my kitchen right now.

KeraP Says... 2010-11-10 05:22:22

I made this cake last night. I used 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of coco and added some hersheys chocolate syrup and baked at 335 for a longer period of time. I made three 8 inch cakes. They are super yummy and moist. Thanks Kera

knoxmom Says... 2011-02-21 11:49:47

I made this cake twice just last week and I have to say I was not impressed. I never have any problems getting my cakes out of my pan because I use pan grease, but the first time I made this cake it did not come out. I decided to make it again and put a parchment circle in the bottom of the pan and it turn out fine. The cake did taste good but was so sticky. I think it has way too much sugar in it.

shrimpsey Says... 2011-07-05 13:36:58

There is a reason this is almost 10 stars, DELICIOUS!! My new go to choc cake! Thanks!

Crikkitt Says... 2011-09-25 15:04:42

What a pleasant surprise! I was looking for something easy, but have to admit that I was a little leery about using vegetable oil instead of butter. I made this recipe into cupcakes and these are some of the lightest, fluffiest and moist cupcakes I've ever made! Next time, I think I'll add about 1/4 cup more cocoa.

SusieQ1083 Says... 2011-09-26 17:59:22

This is a delicious cake! I use this recipe every time I make chocolate cake. Very moist as well!! If you have troubles with it sticking - it probably could be that the sugar isn't mixed in well enough and it's sort of concentrated in one area - "melting" to the bottom of the pan. I always use lots of shortening and lots of flower at the bottom of my pans and the cake comes out beautifully. Delicious, delicious, DELICIOUS! 10+ stars from me!

Cat52480 Says... 2011-10-18 18:50:33

My experience is different than the rest of the group. Perhaps I did something wrong? I thought the taste was very average and it's not my choice chocolate cake recipe. I made two batches and both tasted the same- maybe I did the same thing wrong both times? I was able to easily get them out of the pan however, which is a problem I have with other scratch chocolate cakes.

MCurry Says... 2011-10-21 13:56:24

This is Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake recipe. I have the cookbook. The cake is moist and very good.

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