Best-Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

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You can't miss with this delightful old-fashioned dessert. The cake is moist and chocolaty, and its light, fluffy frosting stirs up in a jiffy. Use vanilla pudding instead of chocolate in the frosting if you wish. -Catherine Dawe, Kent, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 365 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 443mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Beat on medium for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Beat in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Editor's Note: This cake does not contain eggs.
Originally published as Best-Ever Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p33

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"This as a very moist and delicious cake. The cake is not real sweet which I liked but very "chocolatey" . I made mine in a 10" springform pan this time and it took 55 minutes in my convection oven. I will definitely make this again and again. There is nothing like a scratch cake. If you like light and airy puff and blow cakes, then maybe this isn't for you. It was beautifully heavy...a perfect cake in my opinion. Surprised to see NO EGGS in this cake. SUPER!!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I made this for my husbands birthday several years ago and every year since!! Now my kids are asking for it for their birthdays!! It is the Best Ever Chocolate Cake!!! So moist and yummy!"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Gotta love chocolate and this cake satisfies that craving!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"We make this all the time, since my son is allergic to milk (using a different icing, of course). But we're not sacrificing quality for the sake of allergies this time, because this is the best ever chocolate cake."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"All there is to say is, YUM. It was moist and delicious."

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