Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

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The cake reminds me of my grandmother, because it was one of her specialties. I bake it often for family parties, and it always brings back fond memories. The cake is light and airy with a delicious chocolate taste. This recipe is a keeper! —Patricia Kreitz, Richland, Pennsylvania
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 636 calories, 37g fat (10g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 549mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Sift together dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oil, coffee and milk; mix at medium speed 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 2 minutes longer. (Batter will be thin.)
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans (or two 8-in. round baking pans and six muffin cups).
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool on wire racks.
  4. Meanwhile, for icing, combine milk and flour in a saucepan; cook until thick. Cover and refrigerate.
  5. In a bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add chilled milk mixture and beat 10 minutes. Frost cooled cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Moist Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p63

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dig1 User ID: 6907234 263716
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"Good cake"

mdmunden User ID: 7287385 261916
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017 Edited Mar. 1, 2017


kelly User ID: 9083458 261464
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"There is obviously a typo in this recipe. Our oven temp is correct we even got out the thermometer just to make usre, but it took an hour to cook 2, 9" pans and they overflowed. 3 cups of liquid (Oil, coffee and milk) will not work with only 2 cups of flour. I'm with Leehigh69. This recipe is missing something (like another cup of flour). Perhaps you don't notice so much in a larger 13 x 9 pan."

Justin-Emily User ID: 9073779 261059
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"I think this is a good starting point but it didn't have much flavor and we won't be making this again."

Katherine User ID: 9069823 260862
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Hey, how can I half this recipe but still use 2 eggs, and the rest I would like to half"

Kathrynkrs User ID: 1149164 260248
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"I have made a wacky choc.cake for years and this :has similar ingredients.But I question that this recipe has only 2c of flour, not 3c. Likel theacky cake.

I have not baked this cake because of the flour discrepancy.
Are you sure it is 2c flour.? For the . Liquid ,sugar,and cocoa amount IT does not seem proportional to the liquids."

Snehil User ID: 9016926 259215
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"Loved it! Didn't make the frosting but it is awesome just like that. Thank you."

Lisa User ID: 9015418 259150
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Love this cake! First time I made it I hesitated putting shortening in the frosting, but it's so good! Very moist and kids always ask me to make it for their birthdays. Definitely a keeper!"

Grandma's cake 69 User ID: 8978526 257632
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"Reminds me of your grandmother as well specially of her moist cakes"

pastrychef27 User ID: 3590518 257047
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"This cake recipe is delicious! I used a different recipe for the frosting so can't comment on the icing provided on here. My only complaint is that it sunk a bit in the middle."

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