Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 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
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 413 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 385mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Homemade Chocolate Cake in Quick Cooking December 2000, p29

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lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 265782
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"Very good chocolate cake and frosting--it was gone in a flash!"

Kendra User ID: 9123589 264046
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"Dense, flavorless besides a flour aftertaste. Followed the recipe exactly. Worst cake I've ever made."

nightnurse53 User ID: 8777217 244185
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."

Buzz6515 User ID: 8512783 231876
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."

sheltagirl User ID: 8418373 228059
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"

nblanchard1972 User ID: 6551180 222994
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

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

AdrianneKathleen User ID: 7810435 65503
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."

oliviareilly User ID: 7959732 82495
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"

becca7844 User ID: 7656866 82484
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

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

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 81095
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."

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