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Favorite Chocolate Cake

This cake is extra chocolaty. The recipe makes a perfect number of servings, so leftovers are never a problem.—Janice Arnold, Gansevoort, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add egg and butter; mix well. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 203 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • JGa2595176
    Jan 3, 2021

    Everyone in my family enjoyed this cake. Great size for a small family. Deliciously rich enough, easy to throw together and doesn't need frosting!

  • Karen
    Nov 26, 2020

    Absolutely perfect cake! I added 1/4 teaspoon salt because I use unsalted butter. It also took 40 minutes before the center sprang back properly. I expect my oven was set a little low. This is the cake I'm making for my next birthday.

  • compumom90
    Oct 27, 2020

    This cake is so fantastic! I made the 8" cake which seemed reasonable for two adults. Wrong, I had to make a second one! I bake a lot and I have a favorite chocolate cake recipe but I wanted to try something new. I swear I will never make a different chocolate cake, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Ponygirl1014
    Jun 13, 2020

    I have made this cake three times in the last two weeks. Family can't get enough and honestly it is SO easy. I add a cup of chocolate chips to the batter.

  • Ofelia
    May 5, 2020

    Best tasting chocolate cake. And so easy to bake. Only chocolate cake I will serve to my family.

  • Teresa
    Apr 12, 2020

    Ingredients are likely in your cupboard and the result is a delicious moist chocolate cake. It was an instant hit with my family.

  • Helen
    Feb 18, 2020

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  • Cynthia
    Sep 23, 2019

    I make this cake as a treat for myself! Every time I make it it's like getting a hug! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! ??????

  • lvorhies
    Feb 15, 2018

    This recipe is wonderful! I made it last night for a Valentine's treat for my family. It's not to sweet so its great if you want to add frosting, but I like it just the way it is. I did add a little bit of salt, although the recipe doesn't call for any. My mom, who is not a big cake fan, loved it and asked for the recipe. Absolutely a keeper and will be making again. Thanks for the great recipe!!!!

  • Seema
    Dec 26, 2017

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