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Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

A rich chocolate frosting is the flavorful finishing touch to this moist from-scratch cake that's mixed in one bowl. It always turns out and is quickly gobbled up by friends and family. I'm asked to fix this favorite so often that the recipe card is an absolute mess! -Cindy Miller, Riverside, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add the water, oil, vanilla and vinegar; mix well (batter will be thin).
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, salt, milk and vanilla; mix well. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 413 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 385 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Homemade Chocolate Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"We made this recipe of chocolate cake with the chocolate cream cheese icing for my grand daughters birthday today. It was awesome, good flavor, and good texture. We added an egg to the cake batter and it turned out really good. We highly recommend this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"After reading the comments, the dense quality was the biggest complaint. I hate a dense cake so I added one egg to the batter. The most delicious fluffy and moist cake I've ever made! I highly recommend."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

"Ok I just made this both the cake and frosting and honestly they both are nasty and the smell in our house didn't smell nice like a cake baking. The smell was more of a stink. I follow the exact recipe for the cake and for the frosting and they both are horrible"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Did not like this at all. Very dense probably cause there are no eggs in it. Won't make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Only tried the frosting, but it was awesome! Also, I used an 8 oz pack of cream cheese instead of a 3 oz."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"its a good recipe but its not my favorite the cake did not taste right without eggs in it. Its also a tad flavorless and its definetly not for cake in a mug"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"It is a delicious moist cake that the whole family loves!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"This is a moist cake. I like that it doesn't have eggs since I don't always have them on hand. The cream cheese frosting makes this cake extra special."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Very Excellent Cake My Whole Family Loved It. It Was Very Moist And The Icing Was Also Excellent. I Recommend This Cake For Everybody To Try"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"I made this cake this evening, instead of using cocoa I used special dark cocoa. This cake was a huge hit with my family. It is absolutely delicious. I especially liked that the recipe required no eggs. I didn't have all the ingredients for an icing/frosting, so we drizzled special dark chocolate syrup over the cake and topped it with reddi whip."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"The cake is awesome !!! I have made it three times now ."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"AMAZING! I have made this cake 2, soon to be 3, times and every single time it has been a HUGE hit. The icing is what really tops it off (no pun intended). I don't think I will ever use a different recipe! This one is perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"I made this today for my husbands birthday. I doubled the batch and made 2, 9 in round cakes. In place of water I used half water and half milk. I also used half the amount of oil and the other half applesauce. Like others did. I ended up baking them 40 minutes the first go around with an additional 24 minutes with aluminum foil around them the second time. They still had a pudding consistency in the middle so I went with it and it tastes great. Added bonus :-)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"Awesome super moist cake. Can't believe it has no eggs or butter. My family loved it. I paired it with a simple buttercream. I am going to try it with splenda next time and ill repost if it turns out."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"im going to make this but i have a question if someone could answer for me. can you taste the vinegar in the cake?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"This recipe is a winner! All 6 of us in this home LOVED it, all of it. Nice, dense, moist.... wonderful!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"Wow is all I have to say about this amazing, moist, easy to make cake! Reading previous reviews, I too, was skeptical about not using eggs. This cake is so moist! Truly one of the best cakes I have ever made or eaten! The only change I made to the original recipe was instead of 2 cups water, I used 1 cup water and 1 cup milk. Also, the icing recipe was delicious as well...I did have to use a bit more milk for the icing than stated. Will definitely make this cake again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"I just made this recipe and added some chocolate morsels to it, it tasted fantastic and it was super easy to make! Im just starting to get into baking because I got a new kitchen aid stand mixer and I will definitely be making this recipe again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"I just made this recipe and added some chocolate morsels to it, it tasted fantastic and it was super easy to make! Im just starting to get into baking because I got a new kitchen aid stand mixer and I will definitely be making this recipe again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Yes! It was easy to make and absolutely delicious. I'm kind of a slow cook, but the cake and icing together only took about an hour, which for me is pretty quick for a cake from scratch."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Yes! It was easy to make and absolutely delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"I followed the directions exactly and the cake came out horrible. It was mushy even though it seemed done after cooking it a little extra. It tasted like cardboard. I will never trust another cake recipe without any eggs."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"This was not only the best cake I have ever made, but it was the best cake I have ever tasted! I did add a box of chocolate pudding and it was and still is super moist. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, it really is AMAZING!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"This is my go to cake. I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. It's easy and delicious. My family loves this cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"my family love this cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"My husband at the last minute change his mind about what birthday cake he wanted and I didn't have any eggs on hand. So I came across this recipe and I was nervous about making it without eggs but it turned out so moist and delicious! I used the chocolate cream cheese frosting for the inside layer and used regular cream cheese frosting for the top. Now it is my go-to magnificent chocolate cake! I have it requested all the time for family birthday cakes."

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RFM
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"I made this cake for the cousins and family of my husband. I take some risk because here in Germany they make really good cakes, I took a chance and it was a rock succes!!! The cake run off so fast that I couldn´t believe it!!! every one was surprise without eggs!! unbelievable and good for vegetarian people!! . I add nutmeg. I put only one cup white sugar and 3/4 brown sugar and is tastes better not too much sugar on it. I put a package philadelfia of 175 and one more of 150g. Frosting I put only 1 cup 1/4 confectioners sugar and a little bit of brown sugar. and some rasp chocolate at the end. I add also vanilla. MMMMh I`d highly recommended the best of the best cakes I ever tasted before!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"i was a little scared from the no butter or eggs and also the batter did not taste very good but the cake turned out delicious and its really good with just a creamy buttercream icing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"This is THE BEST chocolate cake EVER!! And gracious, that icing is so smooth and creamy. I'll make a double batch of the icing next time just to be sure some of it makes it on the cake. It is just that good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"i made this for mothers day as my first homemade cake and although my mom was proud the cake was bland"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"This cake was WONDERFUL!! My family and I loved it.I was a little nervous at first because it didnt use eggs but it turned out so great that my family has asked for more!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Exceptionally moist and tasty. I was skeptical about not using eggs, but I substituted 1/2 cup of milk instead of some of the water and added a dash of nutmeg. I have NEVER made a moist cake from scratch but this was great. I did reduce the quantity but found that at 350 I had to bake for 50 minutes in a 9 inch round instead of around 30 minutes as recommended"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Today is Thanksgiving and our family is spending the holiday at our cabin. I didn't have a dessert planned, so I found this recipe on tasteofhome.com. The ingredients I had were limited, so I didn't add vanilla and I substituted half of the water for milk. I'll admit, I was very skeptical since there weren't any eggs in the recipe. Also, I didn't have a 13 x 9 cake pan, so I cut the recipe in half to make a 9" round cake, which I still baked for the 30 minutes. This cake is the richest and moistest chocolate cake I have ever tasted!!!... No exaggerating!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"Just made this tonight and it was amazing! I had to bake my cake for 50 minutes and it came out a little lopsided but my family didn't mind as it tasted so good. I didn't have cream cheese for the icing but I had a tub of cream cheese frosting. I added coconut flavoring to the frosting and a few teaspoons of half and half and it was wonderful! I will definitely make this cake over and over again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"Very easy recipe with excellent flavor. I was nervous about the vinegar, but this cake was moist and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"This cake is really easy, and something that you can turn to when you don't have much time. And it's delicious too, into the bargain!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"This recipe takes me back to the days when my grandmother made them the way this one tastes!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"This is my absolute favorite cake. Very easy, and better than a cake mix."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"This cake was amazing! I could have earen the frosting alone!!

CA"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2008

"This is very good !!!"

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