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I think everyone needs a good chocolate cake recipe in their arsenal. You know the kind – the kind of cake that makes everyone go “ummmmm” and want to come back for seconds (or thirds!) My problem is that I can never just stick with one recipe, because I’m always wanting to try new ones!! This cake certainly fit the bill of a delicious, moist, chocolaty cake, but I still think it was missing that “WOW” factor that I am looking for.

I was actually going back through some photos and doing some organizing when I found the picture of this cake. I made it back last year in July for my husband’s birthday. All he requested was a chocolate cake, and since he is not a big frosting fan, I decided to go simply with whipped cream and strawberries. Too bad once his birthday came around, he was sick! I still made him a cake – everyone needs a cake on their birthday! He managed to eat a slice, but it’s never fun to be sick on your birthday.

Do you have a killer chocolate cake recipe that is so good that you use it and no other recipe?

Classic Chocolate Cake
from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups water

Grease and lightly flour two 9 inch round baking pans. (I used a bundt pan and it worked great!) Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the chocolate and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and water alternately to the beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each. Pour into the prepared pan(s).

Bake in a 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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22 Responses to Classic Chocolate Cake

  1. Sara says:

    This looks beautiful, very rich and delicious! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with chocolate cake.

  2. Maria says:

    I am not big on frosting either. I love the way you topped this cake!! Looks delicious!

  3. Aimée says:

    I’m like you in that I’m always trying new chocolate cake recipes. Keeps things exciting!

  4. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks great. It’s wonderful that it can be served without frosting – I’m awful at frosting, so I always like recipes where I can leave it out.

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A wonderful cake! It looks really good…



  6. Debbie says:

    I LOVE chocolate cake. Just posted one last week and now I made another one last night I will post about soon. I just love all things chocolate. Your chocolate cake looks VERY good!!! I love alls things chocolate!!!

  7. Michelle says:

    I don’t have a chocolate cake recipe but I think I need one! I’ve been experimenting a lot with baking with whole grain flours and such, but haven’t made any choc cakes yet. It’s on the list!

  8. Ingrid says:

    GREAT photo!

    Sorry no chocolate cake…not fond of chocolate.

  9. Elyse says:

    Classic? Chocolate? YES, PLEASE! I’m so excited that you posted this yummy-looking recipe on the same day I received my new bundt pan in the mail. I think this stellar chocolate cake deserves to get baked in a nice new bundt pan!

  10. mjnetty says:

    I have a great chocolate cake recipe – it’s an old family favorite. It doesn’t use eggs, instead it uses baking soda and vinegar to make it rise. It ends up being super moist. I don’t know how to submit it, though.

  11. Mary says:

    I happen to love the chocolate cake recipe on the back of the Hershey Cocoa can. It’s really moist and delicious and the frosting is super fudgey. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like chocolate so I don’t make it very often!

  12. Sophie says:

    Your husband sounds a lot like mine in this regard, he always requests chocolate cake for his birthday. The strawberries were a great topping choice :).

  13. Ryley says:

    I have an awesome one for you..
    It’s actually a chocolate Kahlua cake.. But if you dont feel like making a trip to your neighborhood liqour store than you can leave out the Kahlua.. I’ll find it for you. It’s awesome in a bundt pan and with just a dusting of powdered sugar! it’s truely amazing! 🙂
    And I do have a confession that every time we go to mexico i buy a bottle of Kahlua just for this cake! 🙂 Oh.. and I’ve NEVER told anyone in my husband’s family that it contains Kahlua… 🙂

  14. Grace says:

    now that you mention it, i don’t believe i do have a good chocolate cake in my repertoire! i’ll certainly give this one a go–i feel confident in your confidence in it. 🙂

  15. kat says:

    I love the dark chocolate color of that cake

  16. Kristen says:

    If I could choose any cake, it would have to be chocolate. McCormicks used to have the BEST 7 layer chocolate cake – to die for.
    This looks like a winner!

  17. Paula says:

    I do have a killer chocolate cake recipe, and like your gorgeous one here, it’s topped with whipped cream. Oh, I can’t wait for summer when we’ll be enjoying fresh, ripe strawberries again! YUM!

  18. glamah16 says:

    AQ perfect choclate cake doesnt need icicng IMO.

  19. Ruth E says:

    I have about 4 go to chocolate cake recipes and can’t decide which my favourite is – how could you when there’s chocolate? lol

    Love the look of this cake too.

  20. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    That’s a seriously good looking chocolate cake!

  21. Michelle says:

    I made this last night! It’s a birthday cake in 2 layers, raspberry jam in between, with vanilla frosting. Haven’t tasted it yet but the recipe was a dream to make, very easy. Thank you! I subbed 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour but otherwise followed instructions to a T!

  22. Kevin says:

    Nice looking chocolate cake!

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