Moist Chocolate Cake
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
- 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 Nellie’s Free Range 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
- 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.)
- Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans (or two 8-in. round baking pans and six muffin cups).
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool on wire racks.
- Meanwhile, for icing, combine milk and flour in a saucepan; cook until thick. Cover and refrigerate.
- In a bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add chilled milk mixture and beat 10 minutes. Frost cooled cake.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece: 636 calories, 37g fat (10g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 549mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
Jul 18, 2018
This recipe is great. However if you use only butter (1 cop) the frosting is much better! Whip butter and sugar till light and fluffy,then continue as stated..
Apr 8, 2018
What kind of sugar is used in the frosting...confectioners or regular...would superfine work??
Feb 19, 2018
I have found my chocolate cake recipe! This is exactly what I was looking for; rich, dense but not heavy, great chocolate flavor. Very moist! Delicious! I used vegetable oil because it's what I had. Came out beautiful. Definitely a keeper!
Jan 31, 2018
Oh, my gosh! This has been our family's favorite cake since I first made it when TOH debuted in 1993! We have six children, & all of them frequently requested it for birthdays, nameday treats, half-year birthdays (we celebrate a lot in our family!), baptismal anniversary days, etc. Our oldest daughter asked me to make it for her wedding reception in Oct. 2013! The only change I make is to make 1 1/2 times the amount of frosting & then use the recipe for the frosting in the TOH 2/96 issue for Pastel Chocolate Cake. We call the resulting cake "Rainbow Cake." I don't change a thing in the recipes!
Jan 30, 2018
I'm still waiting for my cake to finish baking! It's all giggly in the middle and I need it in an hour and a half for my moms birthday. I may be throwing it out and buying one. What went wrong?
Dec 16, 2017
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. I have reduced the amount of oil to 3/4 cup and the amount of sugar to about 1 1/2 cup.
Nov 24, 2017
I use a very similar frosting recipe that was my mothers, however it calls for confectionary sugar instead of granulated white sugar, which incorporates much easier and faster, with no grittiness. You can also easily add more powdered sugar if the frosting isn't sweet enough for your taste.
Nov 21, 2017
This has been my go-to chocolate cake since it was originally published in 1993! I have made it countless times, and it has never failed. Adding coffee to enhance chocolate is actually a very old trick. The unique frosting is also a keeper that I have used on this cake and many others. I have never seen frosting using a white sauce paste and granular sugar anywhere else. I will say I am glad to have a stand mixer now for the frosting since it takes so long for the granulated sugar to incorporate- even if you use fine grain.
Nov 10, 2017
Perfect chocolate cake! I have used this recipe many times and refuse to use any other chocolate cake recipe.
Oct 20, 2017
Similar to my moms cake but we used i think quarter cup mayo, and no canola oil or coffee, and raisins , try it ;) not salad dressing, real or low fat mayo , she preferred hellmans, raisins optional ;) ill have to try the coffee ;)
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