Every home cook should have a go-to chocolate cake recipe. A recipe that’s a no-fail tried and true, works every time, delicious, decadent chocolate cake recipe. This is mine. Regardless of the occasion — whether birthday, holiday, picnic, summer, winter or fall — this is my Favorite Chocolate Cake recipe.
For Christmas, I love to dress it up with crushed peppermint toppings, or for birthdays I almost always add chocolate shavings, for picnics (thanks to my grandma’s tradition) it always has a layer of toasted chopped walnuts. At times, I even forgo the frosting and add a light dusting of confectioner sugar — which I think is beautiful!
Outside of being a truly delicious chocolate cake, it’s incredibly easy to make with items probably already in the pantry.
Favorite Chocolate Cake
1 cup butter (2-sticks)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (my pantry is always stocked with Hershey’s)
1 cup boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Prepare a baking pan.
(Note: At times I bake this in a 13″ x 9″ pan, for special occasions I make a 2-layer cake using (2) 9″ round cake pans. For a 3-layer cake, use (3) 8-inch round cake pans. To prepare pan, grease and flour, shaking off the excess. Set aside).
In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add unsweetened cocoa and stir until combined. Add boiling water and stir until completely incorporated.
In a bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Pour hot butter mixture over the flour, stir to combine and to cool.
In a separate bowl combine milk and eggs. Whisk together until frothy. Add baking powder, baking soda and vanilla and whisk to combine.
Add milk and egg mixture to the chocolate and flour mixtures. Thoroughly combine.
Pour batter into prepared cake pans.
Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter in the microwave or saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to a spreading consistency. Add small amounts of milk if needed. Stir in vanilla.
“Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting by Hershey