Homemade Chocolate Cake
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
- 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
- CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- Dash salt
- 3 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add the water, oil, vanilla and vinegar; mix well (batter will be thin).
- Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- 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.
Editor's NoteThis recipe does not use eggs.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 413 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 385mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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May 23, 2020
My family loved this cake! Made it for Mother’s Day and it was a hit.
May 9, 2020
Ok, some of these people made mistakes for sure. If you don’t like a dense cake maybe don’t make it or add an egg. I’ve made this cake twice the first time was a little off but it was a mistake I made in the frosting. I put sugar in instead of confection sugar. So it was grainy. But it still tasted really good. This time I made it correctly and it was delicious. Also my house smelled delicious! And the flavor was great!
Apr 2, 2020
I’m sorry, but this cake is not good. Chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts and this is probably the first time I haven’t finished a piece. I had to bake it for at least 10 minutes longer than recommended and it was still super mushy on the inside. It had no flavor, but just tasted like flour. I felt like I was eating a cake they would have made back in the 1800s. Just not good.
Dec 16, 2019
I followed the recipe and it was horrible. And it smell bad.not tasty at all.
Jul 3, 2017
I'm a sucker for a great chocolate cake and this one is great!!
May 9, 2017
Very good chocolate cake and frosting--it was gone in a flash!
Mar 29, 2017
Dense, flavorless besides a flour aftertaste. Followed the recipe exactly. Worst cake I've ever made.
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.
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.
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