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
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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lorlamotte User ID: 3606957 254041
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016 Edited Sep. 15, 2016

"My favorite cake and frosting. Perfect every time!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 253386
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Gram-9 when shortening is listed as an ingredient, it's always solid. Hope that helps."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 253368
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"My Aunt gave us this icing recipe 60 years ago. I remember she had "blue hair" : )) The cake is excellent too. In warm weather I use all Crisco in the icing. Also I use my hand mixer to blend the flour & milk WHILE its cooking NO LUMPS."

gram-9 User ID: 5719750 253365
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"Is the shortening liquid or solid?"

Shortcake User ID: 26428 253315
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"I've been eating this cake for the past 60 years and making it for the past 45. It's a bit time consuming and the icing takes practice to get just the right consistency for the cooked milk/flour icing but....It is soooooo worth it!. This is truly my favorite all=time cake recipe."

CocineraH User ID: 4366256 252780
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"This is the Hershey's Cocoa recipe for the cake and the Waldorf Astoria recipe for the frosting, but regardless of who created it, the cake and frosting are delicious together. I've been making it for around 10 years. The coffee adds a really rich flavor to the chocolate cake, but doesn't make it taste like coffee. The cake has a very moist crumb. Also, I'm not a huge chocolate fan, and I can't do chocolate frosting on top of chocolate cake, so I love the contrast of the vanilla flavored frosting. This cake keeps well in the fridge and maintains its moisture nicely."

Adais62 User ID: 8912697 252633
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"Loved the cake and the frosting . My mother and I had a similar version only we didn't use vanilla (which is a great extra) and shortening was substituted with margarine instead.??"

meaganteal User ID: 814898 249644
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"I loved the cake!! So moist, chocolaty, and soft! This will be my new go to chocolate cake recipe. However, we were not fans of the icing. It was kinda....bland, and runny. not really runny, but thinner than I would have liked."

lauriejcollins User ID: 8876438 249215
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"I have loved this recipe ever since I found it in the first issue of Taste of Home. The cake is moist and delicious and the icing is superb!"

GVE User ID: 8036342 247636
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2016

"Does the icing use powdered sugar or granulated sugar?"

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