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Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Favorite Chocolate Cake

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dytrammell User ID: 8692256 241480
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"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 230199
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."

korymoran User ID: 7706624 229274
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

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

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 219909
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."

juliacooks User ID: 7433760 219351
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!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 21802
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"I recall preparing this recipe! I just greased an 8 or 9" square pan! I did add 1/2 tsp. salt!

This is a really great recipe for making a quick chocolate cake! delowenstein"

AdrianneKathleen User ID: 7810435 46465
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Super easy and sooo delicious!!"

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 23355
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Delicious cake! My niece loved it. She thought I'd made brownies!"

Ponygirl1014 User ID: 1584755 47706
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014 Edited Oct. 18, 2014

"I whipped this cake up in no time. My son hates icing, so this cake is perfect. It came out really moist. I just snuck a piece will still hot. I think it would taste good with chocolate drizzle on top."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 51462
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"What a yummy little chocolate cake,perfect for a small family.Just a dab of whipped cream is all we used .My go to cake for something easy and chocolaty."

finatorta User ID: 7477146 45118
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"This is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I have tried. It is so moist! I doubled it with no problem. I also added 1 teaspoon or so of espresso powder to bring out the chocolate flavor a little more. Thanks for the recipe! This will be my go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on."

Pringle93 User ID: 7194587 21345
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"I made this for my Mom's birthday cake. It turned out absolutely perfect!"

kittxnfacx User ID: 6188046 22013
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"so easy and quick. this is officially my go-to cake in a pinch."

YOGES User ID: 6167324 47705
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"super taste"

tsinlyndon User ID: 5349471 22011
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I make this for my family at least once a month. They love it. And it is so easy, my teenaged girls can make it on their own too."

malburg04 User ID: 4755531 80004
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I spray the pan with Pam, then "flour" with baking cocoa. Very fast and economical cake!"

sarahwheat User ID: 1980735 22010
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"This cake is wonderful! It has the light, moist consistency of a box mix cake with the rich flavor of a homemade cake. Also, incredibly easy to make with all the ingredients on hand. The size was perfect for my family of four. I will definitely add this to my favorite recipes."

tuffykenwell User ID: 3393289 45115
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"This is a fantastic little chocolate cake. I love that it is a smaller size than most chocolate cake recipes so it is a nice "everyday cake". It is moist and delicious and whips up very quickly."

dorisandlarry User ID: 1384571 21794
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2008

"This was very moist and delicious. I made a simple frosting to go on top. I even had a hard too please teen who spent the night and had two pieces of it. Will make again."

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