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Chocolate Layer Cake

User Rating 4 Star Rating (23 Reviews)


Slice of chocolate layer cake
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This fabulous cake recipe is very simple to make. I love that the dark chocolate cake is frosted with a lighter cocoa frosting.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cocoa


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and dust with cocoa two 9" layer cake pans. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with wire whisk until blended. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat well with wire whisk or mixer until combined, about 2 minutes.

Heat water in microwave oven to boiling. Stir in cocoa powder and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir this mixture into cake batter.

Pour the thin batter into the two prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan, top springs back when lightly touched, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Fill and frost with Chocolate Frosting.

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 1 out of 5
Terrible, Guest panda0543

I don't understand the positive reviews for this cake. I bake a lot, and this is by far the worst home made cake I've EVER tried. It IS like a store bought cake... one of the stale cakes Wal-Mart has marked down to get rip of ASAP. There's very little flavor, and by very little I mean it tastes like fluffy flour bread and wax frosting with a smidgen of chocolate flavoring. In all honesty you'd probably be better with a box cake. Keep looking... there are much better recipes out there.

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