Chocolate Cake

Everyone needs a great go to chocolate cake recipe and this one is my favorite!

Chocolate Cake

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I love this recipe because it works for both cake and cupcakes equally well! It is simple and always works perfectly.

You'll Need...

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 (convection) or 350 (regular) and line two 8" or 9" pans or a 9x12 sheet pan with parchment paper.[TEMP]
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking power, salt and baking soda. [COMBINE]
  3. Mix well on low speed in a stand mixer. [COMBINE]
  4. Boil water in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, until it reaches boiling. [MICRO]
  5. Add milk, canola oil or melted butter, and eggs. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. [BLEND]
  6. Add boiling water and then beat on high speed for one minute. [BEAT]
  7. Bake for 18 minutes for cupcakes and if you are making an 8" or 9" cake, bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until tester comes out clean. [BAKE]

Additional Notes

This recipe may be halved or doubled. The cake pairs well with almost any frosting.

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