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

Reviews for Favorite Chocolate Cake

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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!"

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"

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Super easy and sooo delicious!!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed May. 6, 2013

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

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"super taste"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

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

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."

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."

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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