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This deliciously easy chocolate cake recipe is topped with homemade chocolate frosting. This 2-layer cake is simple and decadent!

If you love chocolate cake, you’ll also love our Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Easy chocolate cake recipe slice on white plates.

We Love This chocolate cake!

I’ve tried several made-from-scratch chocolate cake recipes over the years, and I finally found a winner!

This easy chocolate cake recipe is a family-favorite that is so soft, delicious and MOIST. Yes, I just said the “m” word, but for good reason. 😉

More reasons why we love it:

  • Easy. This easy chocolate cake calls for simple ingredients that I always have on hand so it can easily be made without a trip to the store!
  • Delicious. This homemade easy chocolate cake was perfectly fudgy and moist.
  • Party perfect. You can’t beat a slice of easy chocolate cake served with Ice Cream.

We love dessert, and especially cake, which is why we have so many cake recipes here on the site (have you tried our Cream Puff Cake and Favorite Sheet Cake recipes?!)

Chocolate cake batter in bowl.

IngredientS

  • all purpose flour – or cake flour for a silkier crumb
  • white sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – since the recipe also uses baking powder, you can use natural or Dutch processed cocoa powder.
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • boiling water
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • half and half

How to make chocolate cake

  1. PREP. Grease two 9″ round pans, line with parchment paper, and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. DRY INGREDIENTS. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. ADD WET INGREDIENTS. Whisk in milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. COMBINE. To finish it off, pour in a cup of boiling water and stir everything together.
  5. BAKE. The cake batter will be thin. Pour the batter into greased 9″ round cake pans that have been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.
  6. COOL. Let the cakes cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto wire racks. Cool completely and frost with chocolate frosting.

Variations

  • Other decorations. sprinkles and birthday candles, frosting flowers, a worded message, beautiful berries, or sliced almonds or chopped walnuts.
  • Cupcakes. Turn this cake into cupcakes! Just add cupcake liners to a muffin tin and fill to about ⅔ full. Bake for 17-19 minutes. Makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

The Frosting

It’s hard for us not to make a delicious Chocolate Buttercream frosting for this best chocolate cake.

  1. BEAT. The frosting is best when the butter is already softened. Once it is, beat all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Add or take away half and half to get it to be the frosting consistency you desire.
  2. FROST. Spread this delicious frosting over your cake and add any sprinkles before it sets up.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting spread over cake.

Frosting Tips

  • Crumb coat. Add a thin layer to coat the crumbs. Let it set and then add a thicker layer of frosting without worry that the crumbs will get caught up in it.
  • Types of frosting. Try a chocolate ganache, or even Whipped Cream.
  • Frostings flavors. Add a sweet Vanilla Frosting, Caramel Frosting, or even Peanut Butter Frosting. Bright flavors like lemon, orange, and berry are a perfect contrast that works well, too.
  • Layers. Buttercream and custard are both great choices to spread between cake layers. Spread an even layer, leaving an ¼ inch of space around the edge so there is room for it to spread when the next layer is added.
Easy chocolate cake slice being dished out.

Storing cake

  • Bake ahead of time. Bake a cake 2-3 weeks ahead of time and store it in the freezer until ready to frost it. Allow the cake to cool and wrap each layer with plastic wrap and again with foil before freezing.
  • STORE. Keep frosted cake stored, uncut on the counter for 4-5 days. Cover it with a cake keeper or a large bowl to protect the cake from dust. 
    • Unfrosted cake is best stored tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a Ziploc bag on the kitchen counter for up to 3-4 days or in the fridge for en extra day.
    • Once the cake has been cut, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the exposed cake, or cover it with more frosting to prevent drying out. Store for 3-4 days at room temperature.  
  • FREEZE. Place the frosted cake in the freezer for 4-5 hours, or until the frosting is solid. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil for 4-6 weeks. Unwrap the plastic wrap, recover it lightly with the foil, and allow the cake to thaw. Freeze unfrosted layers if using later than 5-6 days.
Easy chocolate cake recipe slice close up image on plates.

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4.97 from 268 votes

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This deliciously easy chocolate cake recipe is topped with homemade chocolate frosting. This 2-layer cake is simple and decadent!
Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Chocolate Frosting

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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 9" round pans with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla till smooth. Stir in the boiling water, mixing until smooth.
  • Divide batter evenly between the two pans. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then invert onto cooling racks. Cool completely.
  • While cake is cooling, make frosting by beating all ingredients in a bowl until smooth, adding enough half and half to get a spreadable consistency.
  • Place one cake on a cake stand or serving tray. Spread about one cup of frosting on the top. Place the other cake on top. Frost sides and top of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  • Serve immediately or cover and let sit overnight.

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Notes

Turn this cake into cupcakes! Just add cupcake liners to a muffin tin and fill to about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 17-19 minutes. Makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 562kcal, Carbohydrates: 96g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 449mg, Potassium: 289mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 74g, Vitamin A: 320IU, Calcium: 89mg, Iron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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319 Comments

  1. Ruth Taylor says:

    5 stars
    This is honest to goodness the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made! I’ll never buy a chocolate box cake again! It tasted so moist and delicious without being too sweet. And it truly was easy to make. Highly recommend!

  2. NO NAME says:

    Hi I have a question. Do you know how many cupcakes this recipe makes?

    Thanks

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I am sorry, I do not. I haven’t used this recipe to make cupcakes. Maybe close to 2 dozen?

  3. Stanley says:

    4 stars
    The cake was good, but I’d have used less Cocoa powder, probably a teaspoon of it..

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Glad you tried it! Thank you for sharing that!

  4. Laila says:

    5 stars
    Loved it

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Happy you did! Thank you for sharing that!

  5. Sierra Jones says:

    Hey can you use 2% milk instead of whole milk

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I haven’t personally tried, but I am sure it would be just fine 🙂

    2. Andi Beyers says:

      I used 2% milk and it came out fabulous! 🙂

  6. Dhanashri Pitale says:

    5 stars
    This was my first attempt at baking – this recipe is so easy to follow and the cake was so delicious!!!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Way to go!! Thank you for trying it! Happy you liked it!

  7. sultan says:

    5 stars
    Hi, i would like to bake this mouth watering cake recipe but I have a 9x9x3 inch pan, how many cups of flour needed in order to bake this in my 9x9x3 cake pan ? please do let me know . Will be baking this for some occasion .

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You probably just half the recipe for a 9×9 pan. Good luck!

  8. Hema says:

    5 stars
    Thanks Guys, Your Recipe Was Too Fantastic. Me and My Family Loved it. I Will Share your Rrecipe with my friends. Hope they will love it too.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I hope they will too! Thank you so much for sharing that!

  9. Laura Payne says:

    5 stars
    This was an incredible cake. Easy, Moist and flavorful!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      So happy you think so 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

  10. Sherri says:

    My 94 year Dad wanted a chocolate fudge cake and I gave this cake a try. He loved it! Becaus He likes a single layer cake, I used 2 square pans so it would be the equivalent of your circle pans. This helped maximize frosting around the edges, which he loved! Thank you for making my Dad’s day!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awe, thank you for making this for him! I hope he had a good birthday!