easy chocolate cake recipe

Every once in a while, I get the craving for a rich, moist easy chocolate cake.  I stopped using box mixes a couple years ago, after I learned how easy it is to make it from scratch! Once you purchase the essential ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, etc), it is easy to whip up this recipe, time and time again.  Some extra benefits: you know exactly what you’re eating (no preservatives or hidden bad stuff), and it’s cheaper to make it from scratch. 

This cake is sweet, but not too sweet.  It has wonderful chocolate balance, with a hint of coffee.  

When greasing the pans, I recommend trying a Misto spray bottle.  You add in your own olive oil, and out comes non-toxic, pure olive oil to grease your pans with.  It’s a much healthier, and much safer alternative. My family has been using it for almost a year, with great results! 

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
908 calories
132 g
111 g
40 g
9 g
17 g
259 g
801 g
91 g
1 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 908
Calories from Fat 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
Saturated Fat 17g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 111mg
Sodium 801mg
Total Carbohydrates 132g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 91g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cake
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 tbsp vinegar
  9. 1/2 cup oil (I use coconut, but vegetable or canola would also work)
  10. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  12. 2 eggs
For the Frosting
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 3.5 cups confectioners sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 2-4 tbsp baking cocoa
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 4 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine milk and vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. Add oil (if using coconut, warm up in the microwave for 10 or so seconds to melt), vanilla, coffee and eggs and whisk together.
  4. Slowly pour the milk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, into the dry mixture, beating well after each addition. Once fully incorporated and lumps are gone, pour into a greased bundt or cake pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow cake to cool before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, place softened butter and beat with an electric beater until butter is creamed. Add remaining ingredients and continue beating until light, fluffy and fully incorporated.
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7 Responses to Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. Heather says:

    I just found your site today and I am already loving it. I am going to have to try this cake. Have you tired apple sauce instead of oil???? I use apple sauce in all my cakes and brownies instead of oil. Less fat and makes it super moist!

    • Andrea says:

      Welcome Heather, and I am so glad you’re enjoying the site!

      I have used applesauce in place of oil in muffins, and they have turned out very well. It is certainly a great alternative if you’re looking for lower fat and calories. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Cynthia L says:

    I agree with making cakes from scratch. They really are better. I will admit, I always have a mix in the pantry for emergency purposes. This is a great looking cake!

  3. Lori says:

    I don’t have a bundt, what size regular pan would you recommend? Would a 9 inch square be too small? Thanks!

  4. Elise says:

    Looks so good! Thanks for linking to the Misto sprayer. I need to get one!

  5. Pam says:

    I love easy recipes, and I love chocolate. This cakes sounds like a winner to me. 🙂

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