Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This cake is extra chocolaty. The recipe makes a perfect number of servings, so leftovers are never a problem.—Janice Arnold, Gansevoort, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 203 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add egg and butter; mix well. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Moist Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p13

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"love love love this cake, it is so easy and moist,i actually have the recipe and it is called "moist chocolate cake" i dont have another chocolate recipe"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"This cake is great.l I used non-gluten flour, and I used coconut sugar instead of white sugar. This cake took the substitutions well. The cake was delicious. The 8-inch square pan is just the right size of us. I made a frosting of butter, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut sugar. If you put coconut sugar through a blender, it will have a consistency like that of confectioners sugar. Everyone loved this cake."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"This cake is really good!!! Highly recommended!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I had extra "Rich Chocolate Frosting" (also from TOH) after making 2 cakes for friends, so decided to make a small cake to keep. I added 1 tsp salt after noticing there was none in the recipe.

This recipe is very similar to another recipe I love which calls for a little vinegar in it and mixing it with a wooden spoon, so I added 1/2 tsp vinegar."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I had an unexpected guest spending the night, so wanted to whip up a quick chocolate cake with ingredients on hand. I made this recipe and could not believe how quickly it came together and how delicious it was! Bravo, so glad it made a smaller cake and was gone quickly. Thanks again!"

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