The basic chocolate cake recipe is a go-to recipe when you want to keep some easy cake from scratch recipes on hand for occasion for birthdays or anniversaries. They make delicious desserts and count as a favorite cake recipe for a good many people.
A basic chocolate cake recipe from scratch doesn’t have to be boring. You can dress it up with a dose of cream cheese icing, that you add some cocoa powder to.
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- Try this basic white cake recipe on your next birthday or anniversary
- Color this Free Alice-in-Wonderland coloring page featuring Humpty Dumpty to relax
The following recipes represent the best basic chocolate cake recipes you’ll find:
- All Recipes has a simple, yet delicious chocolate cake recipe that fits the bill nicely when you need to make a cake for your child’s birthday. It holds up well once it’s frosted.
- Naturally, you can’t go wrong with one of the Food Network’s chocolate cakes. Ree Drummond has this tasty big chocolate birthday cake for you try for your next bash!
- Watch the video for another version of the simple chocolate cake, which includes step-by-step instructions.
Or you can try this basic chocolate cake recipe, inspired by Hershey’s version of this simple dessert recipe.
- 2 c. all-purpose flour or cake flour if you want a fluffier cake
- 3/4 c. cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 c. veggie oil
- 2 tsp. vanilla or for extra flavor, try 1 tsp. vanilla extract plus 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 c. water, boiling
- Make the cake denser by adding another egg and a small box of chocolate pudding.
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Add flour to two round 9-inch cake pans.
- Mix together the dry ingredients — the salt, baking soda and powder, flour, cocoa, and sugar — in a bowl.
- Add in the vanilla, eggs, the milk, and the oil.
- Put this mixture through the mixer on medium speed. Blend for two or three minutes.
- Stir in the boiling water. (This will make a thin batter.)
- Pour the basic chocolate cake batter into the floured pans
- Bake the cakes for a half an hour or so. You’ll know it’s done, when you can stick a toothpick in the center of it, without any batter sticking to the toothpick.
- Allow this to cool for 10 minutes.
- Take the cake out of the pans and allow to cool on wire racks.
- Frost once the cakes are cool.
- If you don’t have time to make a homemade chocolate frosting, use your favorite store-bought brand and go.
- When you’re doing specialty cakes like making tiered Alice-in-Wonderland or Batman cakes for a bday, go with the denser cake so that it stands up to the extra items you’ll put on the cake.
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