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Simple Chocolate Cake

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)



Simple Chocolate Cake

Linda Larsen
This excellent Simple Chocolate Cake recipe is moist and delicious, and it's very easy to make. It's a one bowl cake, topped with a rich, pourable chocolate frosting.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 16 servings


  • 3 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup water, heated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, melt 3 squares chocolate and 2/3 cup butter in the hot water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Mix well with a wire whisk or eggbeater. Then stir in buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tsp. vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour into 13x9" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until the top springs back when touched with a fingertip.

While the cake is baking, make the frosting. In a heavy saucepan, melt 2 squares chocolate and 1/3 cup butter together. Add powdered sugar, milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, and a pinch of salt and beat well. You may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency: the frosting should be pourable.

When the cake comes out of the oven, let cool for 15 minutes, then beat the frosting again and pour onto the cake. Spread if necessary, and let the cake cool.

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 4 out of 5
Very gooey, Guest

The cake was really good and easy to make. I would definitely make it again. However, the recipe made a lot of frosting and it was very sweet. I think I would leave the frosting off the next time and showcase the rich, moist, deep chocolate cake. There is a mistake in the frosting recipe: in the list of ingredients, it calls for 1/3 cup butter, but in the directions it calls for 1/4 cup butter. I wonder which it's supposed to be.

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