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Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FAVORITE ICING:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Moist Chocolate Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Although moist I didn't find it very flavorful. Maybe I didn't measure right."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"This known as Ginny's Chocolate Cake

Yes instant coffee works or Coke works
Buy Wondra Flour for the icing and use Real Vanilla"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"This cake was very moist with a light not very sweet frosting. I followed the recipe with the minor suggestion of adding a smidge more cocoa powder. For anyone that might find this helpful: the cocoa powder was Hershey unsweetened, for the frosting I used unsalted butter and regular white sugar not confectioners. The frosting is enough to generously frost the whole cake.I baked in a 9x3 round pan with parchment paper on the bottom and sprayed Pam all over the pan. Baked at 325.it did not overflow... It baked maybe 45-1hr I didn't take the time. I also added strawberry filing with a thin layer of frosting in the middle as a personal preference but the cake itself is moist!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Very easy to make. I lined pans with parchment paper as suggested and it still stuck a bit on sides, though I liberally greased pans. Very good cake. My Dad loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"This cake look exactly like the display cake and is so light and moist, the icing is similar to whip frosting like I love!! I will definitely make this again and again in the near future.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"This is the BEST cake recipe I have found, and I have been looking for a long time. I first made it for my mother-in-law's birthday, and we were all very happy with the results. The next time I baked this cake I flavored the icing with mint extract, and I am now in the process of repeating that icing for the cake for Christmas. I have found THE cake for any and all of my chocolate cake needs and desires! =)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"This cake has been our go to birthday cake since I found the recipe many years ago in Taste of Home....it is simply the best and all my family and friends look forward to birthdays so I can make it for them. The frosting is so yummy too! I have been using a rich European cocoa and this certainly does enhance the flavor and for an additional twist you could use Mexican vanilla for the regular vanilla. Awesome cake!! I have also made it into cupcakes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"I love this cake and the frosting is so light and fluffy, it's like my great grandmothers. My middle daughter always wants this for her birthday cake. I have found refrigerating the frosting overnight makes it creamier. I have added red food coloring so my brother can have his "special Red Velvet cake" he don't have a clue."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"I absolutely love this recipe!!! moist and very flavorful. 1 question though. I am going to make a 12in round cake. Could anyone tell me how many cups of batter this recipe is. I've never measured it before with making just 2 9 in round cakes. thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Excellent. That's all that needs to be said."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"The cake was delicious! I did not make the frosting. I made it in 2 9 by 13 pans for a layered birthday cake. It was a bit hard to stack but I expected that because I made it in a different pan than intended. Absolutely delicious though. Very moist."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"i just made it then. it was delicious!!! love this recipe mmmmm mmmmm :D im in australia and substituted copha for the shortening. this recipe is amazing :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"I just made this cake yesterday. OHMYGAWD! YUMMY! I lessened the amount of sugar in the icing and also used powdered sugar instead. YUMMY! What a keeper! And the cake is MOIST! Love it! ...I just wasn't able to use two baking trays...poured it all in one...and ended up with a volcanic cake. Haha! But taste wise....YUMMEH!!! https://instagram.com/p/7gG5mkyUnJ/?taken-by=missgladysl"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2015

"I just made this cake but it stuck so bad to the pan it could not be used as a birthday cake. WARNING!! Use parchment paper! It tastes great though..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I have made this cake time and time again. My family loves it and I have shared it with many friends. I did adjust the temperature up to 350 from 325 and bake time to 35 minutes. I still check the center at 30 minutes but that's just a habit. The frosting is so light and fluffy. If you start the first half of the frosting before you begin putting the cake ingredients together, it saves time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"This chocolate cake is amazing! Easy, moist and nice chocolate flavor. You can taste the coffee in the batter but not in the cooled cake. It just adds a deeper fuller taste. Sometime I substitute half the cocoa powder with dark chocolate powder. I occasionally try different chocolate cake recipes and even if they are good I always come back to this cake as a reliable, delicious go to option. I have never tried this frosting recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"So good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"just made the cake it was really

good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"This is our very favorite chocolate cake. We have been making it for over 20 years. We renamed it Suzie Q cake. Because that's exactly what it tastes like!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Best and easiest chocolate cake EVER! However it is NOT light and airy but rather very dense and heavy; fabulous. Also - the icing listed here is extremely heavy and if refrigerated is very thick and almost solid. It is better using a different lighter icing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"I made this cake for valentine's /birthday cake. My family loves it. It did stick to pan so will use waxed oaper next time. Put red food coloring and it was perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"CAKE IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Prepared according to recipe without modification. No issues with batter running over cake pans, although one pan came close. Suggest using deep pans. Cook time was 35 minutes. Frosting is a separate subject. Although it turned out without issues (was not runny or grainy and did not have strong flour or shortening tastes) I will not make it again. The only positive thing I can say about it was that it was not a terribly sweet frosting, which I liked. I did not like all the fat and hydrogenated oils and will look elsewhere for a frosting recipe to compliment this outstanding cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"This is the second time I've made this cake and it came out great both times. The cake is very moist and has a smooth chocolate flavor. I actually prefer this frosting because it's not as sweet as most. It allows for the chocolate flavor of the cake to stand out. After baking it, it does tend to stick (a little) to the bottom of the pan so I might try the parchment/wax paper suggestion next time. I didn't have problems with the baking time. Both layers were finished in the 25-30 minute suggested time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"This the the best homemade cake I've ever made or eaten! Moist with great flavor.

Made this twice and it came out perfect both times."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I had intended to make a different chocolate cake for an event but realized I didn't have all the ingredients the day I was going to make it. Just 2 days prior I had come across this recipe and had all the ingredients on hand. I normally would not try a recipe for the first time for something special, but I had promised to bring a cake so I went for it. I made it in a 9x13-inch pan, putting waxed paper on the bottom of the pan and using cooking spray before pouring in the batter, and baked it for 40-45 minutes. I used a buttercream frosting that I had already planned on. Everyone LOVED this cake! There were other desserts there but mine got eaten first. I will be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"The cake is super moist, however the flour and shotening in the icing should be swithed out because it gives the frosting a bad taste. The amount of the frosting needs to be decreased because it ran over the cake and everywhere else. Some of the batter stuck to the bottom of the cake pan, perhaps a lining of parchment paper would have been better. Other than that it was a wonderful cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Before I make this, we don't drink coffee so have NONE in the house - and don't wish to buy it just for this recipe. Can someone suggest an alternative? How about orange juice? Water? Almond milk? Thank you in advance for your reply."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"I made this for my grandson's birthday. I did not use this frosting as chocolate frosting was requested. It did take a little longer to bake but the awful part was while baking in two 9" pans the batter ran over the top and I had a huge mess in the bottom of the open. I would have to have put it in two 8" pans. When I make this again, I will definitely use a 13 x 9 x 2" pan."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"One of the easiest, moistest, best cakes ever! I have made it several times with no issues, and my mother made it often. If you have issues, you are not following the instructions exactly and correctly, it's that simple."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"i read all of these reviews and finally I found one that had the same issues. I can not believe no one had issues! I used 9" pans, the dough over flowed and created a huge mess. The pans were greased ,floured and cooled and the cake stuck to the pans. The cake was moist maybe to moist. The cooking time was way off. I cooked it for an hour. And yes my oven's temp is correct. The icing.....had an after taste of flour and I still had grit from the sugar. After doing patch work on the cake, I salvaged it to a degree. NO I would not recommend this cake to anyone. It was a disaster!,"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Wonderful made it yesterday , I too only used butter for the icing and also curdled a bit , but was magic the flavour is amazing ! What I did add in was some Panettone essence to both the cake and icing adds a wonderful flavour . Will make again !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Made this today and it was incredibly moist and delicious! The frosting was a little curdled in appearance (I used all butter and no shortening as others suggested) but the flavor was fantastic. I always use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa for a dark chocolate flavor. Will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015 Edited Jan. 20, 2015

"Made this today. First time I've made a cake from scratch that wasn't dry. It was so easy and quick. Turned out fantastic. Changed the icing a bit, used all butter and added a bit of cream cheese and cocoa to make a chocolate icing. We loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"is the dry chocolate part the hersheys can unsweetened cocoa."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Awesome nothing else is needed to be said????????"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"Usually I make box mix cakes but this cake was delicious and easy enough that I will definitely make again. Followed recipe exactly cake was moist and delicious, the coffee flavor does not come out in the end result if you are worried about that. Cake cooked in 33 minutes. The recipe for the frosting was really nice as well, make sure you whisk the flour/milk mixture while its cooking. Also granulated sugar is the correct sugar to use, end result is not grainy at all. The end taste of the frosting was light and delicious, look was very glossy and shiny. Frosting was good but the cake is so good on its own you don't need that much frosting, next time will cut frosting recipe in half. Great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"love it the cake and the ICING thanks for sharing so we can try it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"Great cake, easy to make. I use brewed coffee but instant will work as well you just need the flavor of coffee to intensify the chocolate. I had never used this icing before but it was great, too. Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"Can't wait to try this recipe, but would like to know if it would work as a sheet cake? I gave it 5 starts because of all the tremendous already 5 star ratings it has gotten. I would though, use all butter instead of using shorting in the icing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Love this cake. I used to make it years ago. I couldn't find the recipe and then I opened my email and there it was. I think one could use instant coffee, just make a cup of it, then add to recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"For "bushbabe" I have several recipes that call for brewed coffee and all I use is instant. Just make it like you would for a cup of coffee and add it into the recipe. Any recipe that calls for "espresso powder" I also use the granulated instant but I crush it to make it a powder then I measure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"This sounds delicious! We only drink instant coffee in our house. Does anyone know the results if instant was substituted for brewed? I'm anxious to try it, but don't want to waste the ingredients and ruin it by using instant coffee. Has anyone baked this with instant coffee?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I've been making this cake for over 20 years and everyone loves it. The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor. Peanut butter frosting put it over the top."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I have used this wonderful recipe for many years. My children and I have won many blue ribbons and Best of Show using this recipe. I often use a chocolate butter cream frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"have used this recipie for years, using all butter or margarine for icing, no shortening. 5 Tbl. flour is correct"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I can't help but noticing 5 tbsps. of FLOUR for the icing???? Is this an error???

Also baking cocoa......not sure if I can get it here, so can I substitute with the regular cocoa, which we mix for tea?? Apart from these 2 enquiries, I'm ok and dying to get started."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I use a similar recipe for icing, but use 1 cup butter instead of the butter/shortening mix, 4 T. flour. everything else the same. If you beat the butter and sugar well, it shouldn't taste grainy. We really like it because it isn't as sweet as regular butter-cream frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"This year I was in charge of my uncles birthday cake. I make chocolate cakes a lot, but I have never made such a good one! I loved it, and so did everyone else! Even my dad who eats lots of chocolate cake, and is picky about what he gets said that this was one of the best he had ever had! I have never done this before, but I printed out this recipe, it is definitely a keeper! I cooked it for 28 min. and used a different vanilla butter cream frosting recipe, and it tuned out FANTASTIC

#BESTCAKEEVER : b : )"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"This cake sounds wonderful will be trying it soon.i wouldn't think the shortening would make the frosting not taste good because a lot of butter creams are half shortening half butter as in decorating cakes and reading the frosting recipe I would think either sugar would work I do know cheap shortening does not work as well and you don't want it to be more than a couple of months old. But as others have said regarding frosting you really need to beat it good You can almost burn up a hand mixer trying to beat it sometimes. Thanks for sharing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"I made this today and its delicious. In fact, my whole family likes it. I followed the directions exactly, baking the cakes in 9" pans. They did take about 15 minutes longer to bake than directed, but I know that there are oven variations, various types of pans, etc. that would account for the difference.

For those hesitant to make this because they don't like coffee, I can promise you the cake doesn't taste like coffee. I'm in my mid 50's, have never in my life had a cup of coffee, but still enjoy this cake. I was a little hesitant about making this frosting as its different from anything I've ever made, but it turned out great. Its not gritty as some said and I like it because its light in texture and not too sweet."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Baking time way off! I'm at 45 minutes and still gooey in the middle."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Wow! This cake was so good! I followed all the directions exactly. I brought it to work and everyone raved over it. One lady I work with (who tends to be critical) said it was the best chocolate cake she ever ate. I loved the icing, too. Great texture and flavor. Just make sure you whip it well!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"What an amazing cake! Usually I do boxed mixes but this was far superior, and not much work. Very moist, rich and delicious. It was even better the next day! I didn't do the frosting recipe but used canned vanilla frosting. A thin layer was all you needed because the cake is so rich on its own."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"I have never rated a recipe before but this was very very good! I followed the recipe as written, including the icing and everything turned out great! Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"EXTREMELY Moist cake! The recipe really does make two 8 inch round cakes plus cupcakes so be prepared! I attempted to make the frosting but my shortening was bad (I had no idea it went bad). I agree though with the WYOpink that it tasted waxy. Next time I would use a cup of butter instead. This time I substituted a can of store bought chocolate frosting and my chocaholic LOVED it! That's all that really matters!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"ABSOLUTELY DELCIOUS! And so easy to make! I just made it this afternoon with my kids, and it is a HUGE hit. I used the "Vanilla Frosting Recipe" from TOH because I needed something simple for the kids to help me with. Thank you so much for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"This cake is amazing! You really must try it. Do use the coffee as well. It doesn't taste like coffee. I made it with regular and decaf and preferred the decaf cake. My husband and our 3 boys also loved the flavor. This cake is very moist. I won't ever buy another box cake again. Now...the frosting...not very good. It tasted waxy and like shortening. It turned out just as stated but doesn't compare to buttercream. I used this frosting recipe the first time I made the cake and was disappointed in it. The second time I made it and used a vanilla meringue buttercream and it was perfect. Thank you for the wonderful cake recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"I was very nervous about baking a chocolate cake, I have had my share of to dry....but not this one. It was WONDERFUL. The only adjustment I used just a little more then a quarter cup of coco powder. The color was just right, Will bake again very very soon!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Made this cake today and it was delicious, nice and chocolaty. I used 8 inch round pans and baked at 325 degrees but had to bake for 45 minutes not 25 minutes as stated in the recipe. Will definitely make this again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Made this recipe this weekend for my mother-in-law's birthday - it was so moist and tasty! Everyone loved it, and asked for more. I used cream cheese icing and it was just the right amount of sweet. You definitely CANNOT taste the coffee in it. Just chocolate, yummy chocolate!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"Excellent cake - very moist and wonderful flavor. I followed the directions exactly and no issues with grainy texture for the frosting. This is a keeper for us - thanks so much for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"This is a delicious cake - moist with a rich chocolate taste and a lovely icing. I followed the directions and the frosting frothed to wonderful consistency. Thanks to Ms. Kreitz for sharing it- It's absolutely a keeper!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Easy as anything I've ever baked and awesome!!! I did not use the coffee on second one but my hubby is a big coffee drinker so he prefers to add it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Love Love Love this cake. Definitely moist and creamy. Everyone should try this recipe. It is easy to make and even if it wasn't it would be worth the wait!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"This cake is so delicious. The only change I made was to use 1/2 tsp vanilla plus 1/2 tsp almond extract since I love almond in chocolate. I am not a coffee drinker and did not taste any coffee in this cake. I took it to a potluck at church and came home with an empty plate. The frosting sounded very familiar as I believe I made it many years ago. It was not too sweet at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"Delicious! And simple. For the icing, I used granulated sugar and followed directions to a tee, using my wire whisk attachment on my mixer to beat for 10 minutes. Did not turn out grainy at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I have been making this cake for years, with love. My dear mother-in-law who has passed on gave it to me with a shower gift before my wedding. The whole family giggles when someone shows up with this cake...a cousin has been making it since she was a child and she told me it never let her down. It's called "Never Fail Cake" in my household. The coffee deepens the flavor and the texture is fluffy & moist, but it is not a coffee flavored cake. Sometimes I ice it with a peanut butter frosting and then stand back and watch people lick & scrape their plates. Yeah, it's that good. If I have to see one more 1 star rating from a "reviewer" that has not attempted the recipe...well, I'll just have another piece of cake and laugh. This isn't Pinterest or someone's blog, it lowers the rating unnecessarily."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"This was one of my Mom's most-requested recipes. This is so delicious, and the light, not-too-sweet frosting brings back memories of Mom...! This recipe is a classic, and never disappoints!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Loved the moist chocolate cake recipe. The frosting comes out light and sweet. I prefer one of those richer frostings so I think I might try a different one maybe even chocolate frosting as well. Cannot say enough good stuff about this cake. That coffee I used was donut shop blend and cooled it before using in the cake. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Cake is wonderful, just as is! For the frosting, it's granulated sugar, and you must follow the instructions and beat 10 minutes, using a whisk attachment if you have one. For me, it would be better using 1 cup of butter rather than half butter and half shortening, as I don't enjoy the shortening taste, but it was definitely a nicer consistency than my Mom's traditional buttercream and I'll be making this again using all butter."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I followed directions exactly and the cake turned out wonderful! I had no problems with the frosting. I used regular sugar I just made sure I mixed it well before adding milk mixture. This recipe is definitely a keeper! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Confusing frosting recipe! Cake turned out great but I used regular sugar for frosting and I think it should have been POWDERED SUGAR instead. It was gritty. It did not specify. Please correct. 3 star"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"This is a wonderful cake. I also have made it in a 13 by 9 sheet cake and it is great. I wish that all those that rate without trying a recipe would please stop. There are forums to ask questions in to understand components in the instructions BEFORE rating and this would be helpful to them and eliminate unfair ratings for the recipes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Any suggestions for altering this for high altitude?"

MY REVIEW
knn
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"....For new bakers... if a recipe simply says "sugar", it means granulated. If powdered, or confectioner's sugar, etc., is to be used, the recipe then specifies accordingly. :) My students did a great job with this cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I've been making this cake for 43 yrs from the old Grange cookbook. It is the best chocolate cake ever! It is so moist and also tastes great with peanut butter icing! For those who do not like coffee....it does not have a coffee taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I need to tell you this is a cooked icing. You cook the flour and milk stirring constantly so there is no lumps and bring it to a boil. Then take it off the stove to cool down put in fridge until cold. Take white sugar (not confectioners) and other ingredients and mix until sugar is dissolved then add the flour and milk mixture and beat for 5 mins till it is light and fluffy. I have made this icing for years and it is wonderful. Good luck."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"Coffee makes the chocolate more tasty and you absolutely do not taste any coffee. Also, the recipe says sugar -- NOT confectioners. To rate a recipe you haven't tested is indeed poor taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"Why do you rate a recipe one star if you HAVEN'T made it? No, it won't taste like coffee; only a little mocha. And the sugar in frosting is almost always POWDERED so use that."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"Not a big coffee fan. . . . . does it taste like coffee???"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"HELP: What type of sugar for the frosting.......powdered or regular???? Recipe doesn't specify so only give it one star for now."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I have been using this recipe for years, ever since it was first published. The absolute best cake and frosting you can imagine!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I am typically not one to eat chocolate cake, but since it is my mother's favorite I made this recipe for her birthday. I made it exactly as listed and it was amazing! I have never had any type of cake that was so moist. I can't wait to try the recipe for cupcakes!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"i have made this cak for over 20 years an it is still a good nw asthe first v trie it. everyone a work raves over it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"I made this cake for my sister's birthday, and it was excellent! Since I baked it in a pyrex bowl, it took over an hour to bake. I was a little worried since I made it half whole wheat and only put in 1 3/4 c. sugar, but it turned out super moist and yummy! It was fairly dense, but really good! I didn't try the frosting, though."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"I made this cake for my mother's birthday and everyone raved about it. It was really moist and the icing was fluffy and tasted like whipped cream. I made it in a 9 x 13 and had to increase the baking time to 43 minutes. I will definitely be making it again. Now my family wants the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Absolutel;y delicious!!! Very moist, great flavor. I baked it in a 9x13 and only make half of the frosting called for and it was the perfect amount. Will make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"This is my go-to chocolate cake. I usually do it in a 9x13 or as cupcakes. Most of the time I make a different frosting or use store-bought frosting. I like this frosting recipe, but it is a little time consuming and I don't have a stand mixer."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Very delicious and moist. I am not a coffee drinker and you really don't taste the coffee."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"The most amazing cake and frosting ever!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"LOVE! I forgot to add oil and the cake was still marvelous. This is a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"I've made this Moist Chocolate Cake several times for family, friends and a church dinner, and there is never a crumb left. The frosting is a perfect complement to the chocolatey cake. I always decorate the top of this cake with red gel frosting dots, which makes it look like it came from a restaurant pastry cart. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"A2thpro: You will never taste the coffee. I am a cake baker by trade and use it in all chocolate cakes. I HATE coffee, too. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"Have made this for years....family loves it and the frosting is excellent!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"looks great! Going to try it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"I was wondering if the icing uses granulated or powdered sugar? I really want to make this for my dad's birthday on Friday. I am trusting the reviews and that I won't ruin it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Excellent cake! Also delicious with cream cheese frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"I dislike coffee flavor of any kind. Could I substitute water? I know coffee is supposed to enhance the flavor of chocolate, but yuck....I LOVE chocolate but can't even take mocha."

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Best cake I ever tasted. I made this when it came out in the magazine and thought the icing recipe looked strange. It is so light and delicious. I have been looking for this recipe ever since I lost it. So glad to have found it again."

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Best cake ever!!"

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Best chocolate cake and icing ever. However I would 1 1/2 the icing. This cake needs 40-45 minutes baking!"

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Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"very good"

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Best cake EVER"

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Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"The cake was moist and delicious. The only problems I had was that it took a much longer time to cook because I used one rectangular pan and I had issues getting the lumps of shortening out of the frosting. The cake was delicious and you didn't notice the lumps when the frosting was on the cake so overall amazing! Will make again"

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"This cake came out as good as everybody said it would. I made an 8x8 square cake and twelve cupcakes with the recipe given since I didn't have round cake pans. With the 8x8 cake, I poked holes in it and poured chocolate syrup all over the top instead of frosting. It was amazing!! I will definitely be making this cake again."

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"Best chocolate cake recipe, extremely addicting, you have to try it, it was gone so quick! I made it with chocolate icing, next time I'll have to try the one on the recipe."

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"This is a favorite of mine. I can't believe a scratch cake can be so chocolatey and moist. The frosting is not so rich and is great for decorating. If a buttercream frosting is your preference, check out the one at The cake recipes are the same. I lost my magazine and was thrilled to find this online."

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Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"Years ago I obtained this recipe from one of the Taste of Home magazines that I received on a monthly basis. From the first time I baked this cake and made this icing I have never selected another chocolate cake recipe. I have used other icings, like cream cheese frosting, which is also delicious on it. I have made this over and over for friends and family and have always been told it is the most wonderful and delicious cake they've ever tasted. Once I made it and took it to a church social and it was chosen to be auctioned off to church members to raise money for the young people. It was a lot of fun to see people bidding for it and it sold for a great price as they all knew it was wonderfully delicious! I've been asked for the recipe by many family members and friends. I have never had this recipe to fail when I made it. I love it!"

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"We make this recipe all of the time since I received my first issue of TOH. It is the requested chocolate cake. We do like it with the frosting recipe that comes with it but I have also done it up with chocolate frosting."

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"I made this today for a birthday. Wanted something different from what I had made before. This is an excellent cake, received raves from all my family. In fact I will be making it again next month for my nephew's birthday. I had seen recipes for this kind of frosting before but had never made it. It is a new favorite for my family."

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"I have made this cake countless times, and it is absolutely the best chocolate cake I've ever had. I have never made the icing; I usually top it with cream cheese frosting. This cake is at its best when you make it a day ahead in order to bring out its delicious moistness"

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"We love this cake, I go back to this recipe quite a bit. And the icing is so tasty! If I had to choose between this and a buttercream I'd choose this one always. Not so sweet."

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"I thought that the batter was deliciouse but the final product had a flour taste that was not very good. The frosting was also disappointing."

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Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"A very moist cake. I put sliced strawberries in between the layers, topped it with whole strawberries and drizzled it with chocolate.

I would prefer a buttercream frosting over this one."

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"this smells so good and taste so good"

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"wow this was more than words can describe fantastic. Very mosit cake and the icing was super super good"

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This is the only chocolate cake that I make and have been making it since it first appeared in 1993, it is the best!!"

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I read other reviews after I wrote my own. Two people asked about the unusual icing recipe. The answers are, yes, it uses flour, and it uses granulated sugar. It does take the 10 minutes to beat the icing. Did you ever wonder how the filling in a commercial filled cookie or cake (like oatmeal cream pies or Devil Dogs) is made? Make this icing and you will see! After I had made this cake with the icing, I read a recipe for whoopie pies. The filling for them is the same recipe as this icing, just a different quantity! I recommend you try the icing! Excellent! So you know how much I like this recipe, I just spent hours trying to find it on this website because I can't find the magazine with the recipe! This is THE chocolate cake!"

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Ever since I got the magazine in the mail with this recipe in it, this has been my chocolate cake recipe! It is the best! The frosting is different, but a very good different! I've been using this recipe for nearly 20 years! I do not use the coffee, however. I use water in place of the coffee. Oh, and never use sour milk for the milk. It really rose that time! What a mess! If you forget the sugar, you can add it at the end (ask me how I know). The only time this cake was not the right cake was when I was using a special shape cake pan (Scooby Doo), and this cake was too moist for the pan."

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This cake is so yummy and moist. It's the best chocolate cake I've ever made"

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"LOVED THIS CAKE!!!!!! This is my new chocolate cake...very moist very good! I was a little worried when it was baking because it formed a wet ring and kind of looked like a doughnut, but turned out just fine when done. I didn't use this icing recipe I used a homemade peanut butter icing instead."

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Can someone please tell me if the sugar used in the icing is granulated or powdered?... I've never heard of granulated for icing (unless cooked), but it doesn't specify"

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"I love this recipe! Cake is moist and flavorful! I have found though that the baking time is off by about 10-15 minutes. I have increased baking time accordingly. For the icing, it calls for 5 Tablespoons of flour, which is used for thickening. The best icing I have ever had. You won't be disappointed."

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Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I was reading the recipe to make it for a birthday cake...when I came to the icing I saw 5 cups of FLOUR. Does it really use flour for an icing?"

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"Awesome cake! This is my most requested cake recipe, especially for birthdays."

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"This recipe came with my very first Taste of Home magazine. I had looked and looked at that cake and thought to myself that that cake couldn't tastes as good as it looked. Oh, Mother of Pearl I was wrong. Over the top it is. I didn't think my husband would eat it because he can't stand coffee and it has coffee in it, but I was wrong. This is the only chocolate cake they ever ask for. Suits me. It is out of this world fantastic. I have made it over and over again. It is soooooo wonderful. Thanks for this recipe."

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"This cake was moist, I'll give it that. But as far as taste goes, the flavor was very lacking. I tasted almost no chocolate, and that was after I added more cocoa than it called for. I would not make this again. To me, a chocolate cake should taste more chocolatey than this cake did."

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"This cake is spectacular - the best chocolate cake we've ever eaten. Very moist with that "can't get enough" taste! No. 1 on our list."

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Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"Best ever!"

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Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"I have made this cake ever since it came out in the cookbook back in about 1992. I love it! It is failproof. If you want it to fill a 13 x 9 full, just do one and a half batches of the recipe. After it cools, slice off the extra (it is the best part!) and then turn the cake out onto the cooling rack."

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"I found this recipe in the premiere edition of Taste of Home. It has been our family's traditional birthday cake ever since, made for every family member. Taste's best after it's been refrigerated. Beware this cake can be addicting!"

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"My family and friends LOVE this cake! I saw this recipe when TOH first came out almost 20yrs ago, I've been making this cake ever since. I make a lot of cakes, but this is the one EVERYONE asks for and there is never any leftovers...YUM!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"Best Chocolate Cake ever."

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This is by far the best chocolate cake ever! Better than a cake mix!"

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"Wow, was this ever an addicting cake to eat! I couldn't stop eating it! I made it for my daughter's 7th birthday. I made cupcakes & one round cake and doubled the recipe for the frosting because I didn't want to run out. It was perfect!"

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"THE best chocolate cake recipe I have ever made. I use to only make it for special occations but they are far and few so now I make it regularly. Very moist for days and the frosting isn't sickly sweet. A keeper...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I've made this special cake for many family birthdays. My husband loves the frosting and it looks beautiful on the table!"

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This is THE chocolate cake recipe in our house. We love it both plain and or with the frosting. We like the frosting because it's not overly sweet as so many frostings tend to be. Our older son insisted on this cake for every birthday when he was little. A surefire winner!"

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Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"Ever since receiving the first edition of Taste of Home, I have been making this cake. My daughter who is now 28 years old has requested it for every birthday since she was little. I don't even bother looking at other chocolate cake recipes. They can't compete. This is THE chocolate cake (and icing) for me and my family. Delightful!"

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This is the greastest chocolate cake I've ever had. When I was very young, my mom received the premiere issue of TOH. We made this cake, and I've been making it ever since."

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"I have made this recipe for family birthday parties since my first issue of Taste of Home and it turns out everytime--moist--chocolately and rave reviews!! I always use 8 in. layer pans and make a half dozen cupcakes for later. I noticed that today when I went to make it for my best girlfriend's birthday lunch tomorrow, that I couldn't find my recipe due to my kitchen under renovation--when I went on the TOH website the cake didn't turn up--so FINALLY at 3:30 pm found it in a box--and made it---turned out perfect! Once more!!!"

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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"So good! I had rave reviews after taking to work for a birthday."

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Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"I have made this cake for years! We love it and it is a staple for our birthday cakes. I sometimes try other recipes, but this is the best."

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Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"This was the very first recipe I ever made from Taste of Home, and I've lost count of how many times I've made it since. I've tied many, many chocolate cake recipes and none can compare to this one. As a bonus, it's outrageously easy! I've even baked this in heart-shaped layers and decorated it with rolled fondant (after icing, of course) and fondant roses for a Valentine's treat - its texture is substantial enough to hold up to the fondant.

We like this cake best chilled. My husband and I call it "Whoopie Pie Cake" as we are from Maine, and think that it really captures the flavor of those yummy Maine treats.
Personally I usually do bake it at 350, as I've found that at 325 it takes rather a lot longer than 30 minutes, but that may be my oven. At any rate, this is an absolute "keeper" recipe!"

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Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"Does Taste of Home not publish negative reviews? This cake was a disaster for me today. I used 9-inch pans and the cake came out over the top and spilled into the oven. I followed the recipe to the letter, but I think it should have been baked at 350 degrees rather than 325 and perhaps part of the batter should have been used for cupcakes as described if one used the 8-inch pans! Too much batter for 9-inch pans."

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Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"The first day I received the Premiere Issue with this recipe, I baked this cake! Now it's my family's favorite chocolate cake and a must for my husband's birthday every year!"

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Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"This is the ONLY chocolate cake recipe my family will allow me to use! THE BEST!!"

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"We really enjoyed this cake. Very moist and the frosting is light. I did add 1 cup powdered sugar to sweeten the frosting like another person did. And I baked 2 -8 inch and 6 cupcakes. My cakes ran over the sides of the pans. Next time I 'll do 9 inch and cupcakes. Very Yummy!"

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"One of the best cakes I have ever made, when they say moist they mean it! It's a nice moist rich chocolaty delight :-).....A slice of heaven on a plate in my book!!!"

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"This by far my family's favorite cake. Adults and kids love it. It is like a big "woopie pie". It is a nice light bbut moist cake. Great"

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"We make this cake for my daughter's birthday on New Year day because I didn't have a box mix. This is the best chocolate cake we have ever had, better then any box or bakery cake. The frosting is perfect and not to sweet. I made a double batch of frosting and used all of it on a two layer cake."

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"Not a big fan of chocolate cake, but this one always makes me go back for seconds!"

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"Excellent recipe; it's just as moist as a box mix. I made the cake with whole wheat flour and couldn't tell the difference!"

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I have been making this cake for at least 20 years. My children, now grown, have never asked for any other for their birthdays.It was originally in the Taste of Home magazine."

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I have been carrying this recipe around since I found it in an issue of the Taste of Home Magazine that is dated 1993. I have shared it with everyone that has asked for a Moist Chocolate Cake. And the Icing Recipe that is with this cake is Excellent! It is NOT sweet at all. You can actually eat the whole piece of cake without scraping the icing off due to heavy sweetness. I truely believe that every cook out there should have a copy of this recipe for it is the BEST.

Barb Smith"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"This cake is deliscous! It melts in your mouth :) The icing is good but I doctored it a little. After about 8 minutes of beating, I added 1 cup of powdered sugar to sweeten."

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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2009

"Any tips for high altitude? I'm at 7000 feet and my cakes overflowed into my oven, then sunk dramatically in the center. They taste good, but could have turned out a lot better."

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"This cake is fabulous! Very moist with lots of chocolate flavor. The icing is really light and has a wonderful taste, not overly sweet. Definitely a "keeper" recipe!

Trish D"

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2009

"I made only the cake portion of this recipe and it is truly spectacular! Very moist and flavorful. Not one of those sickeningly sweet cakes. I will be using this recipe again!"

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Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"This cake is the best "moist" chocolate cake I've ever tasted. I have had nothing but praises from all those who have tasted it & numerous requests for the recipe."

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2008

"This is absolutely the best chocolate cake of all! I have made this cake many, many times over the years and have yet to find one that could top it! Very rich and moist."

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