Dense, rich and intensely moist chocolate cake.

Sue B’s Chocolate Cake


  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups bleached AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda


    1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  1. 2. Mix cocoa and boiling water.
  2. 3. Mix buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla toether.
  3. 4. Sift dry ingredients together.
  4. 5. Mix dry ingredients into combined wet ingredients.
  5. 6. Mix in the cocoa/water.
  6. 7. Pour into two greased & floured 9-inch round pans lined with
  7. parchment.
  8. 8. Bake about 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.


MikeRowesHunny Says... 2 Nov 2009 , 10:27am

Adding 1 tbsp espresso powder to the boiling water dramatically improves the flavour of this cake and makes it perfect!

Uterlybutterlydelicious Says... 19 Jan 2010 , 8:31am

This cake was absolutely delicious. I layered it with Chocolate ganache n that added taste to the cake..Its a must try recipie

Kaaren Says... 21 Feb 2010 , 6:29pm

Made this today and it is WONDERFUL! I've been making random chocolate cake recipes this past month, and this one is yummy!!

kookiekween Says... 27 Mar 2010 , 7:12pm

My family and I really love this cake...added chocolate chips to the batter...delicious!

bmarlow001 Says... 22 Apr 2010 , 1:42am

I love love love this recipe.. I have used it on several cakes and everyone just can't get enough of it!

nadine72 Says... 26 Jun 2010 , 7:48am

I have made this at least half a dozen times and everyone loves it.

Crissielyn Says... 14 Jul 2010 , 9:36am

This is my go to chocolate cake now. Its tasty, but not overly rich or too sweet. Goes well with a sweet frosting such as buttercream. Dense enough to hold up find under fondant. Moist, delicious, and simple to make.

kward322 Says... 4 Aug 2010 , 12:44pm

Super moist and delicious!!! Didn't have quite enough cocoa so I melted some semi sweet morsels in the hot water. Will definately make this again. Everyone loved it!!

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