Ridiculously Good Chocolate Cake

Baking cakes from scratch is a relatively new habit for me. I’ve been doing it for just over a year now and I really enjoy it. However, while I’ve learned to make some mighty fine tasting cakes, I’ve yet to master the fine art of cake decorating. In fact, I don’t even own any tools of the trade.

Those are on my list to buy someday though. For the meantime, a knife and spatula are the only things I use. And while I know this cake wouldn’t be worthy of any cake decorator, I was pretty pleased with the final outcome. It didn’t taste too bad either.p3284347

Ridiculously Good Chocolate Cake

For the cake:

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. baking  cocoa
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. buttermilk or milk soured with 1 T. vinegar to equal 1 cup
  • 1 c. strong black coffee
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
1. Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes.
2. Pour batter evenly between two greased and floured 8 or 9 inch cake pans, or one 13×9 inch pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool completely before frosting.
For frosting:
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. baking cocoa
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T. milk, as needed
1. Beat together butter or margarine, powdered sugar, baking cocoa and vanilla. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Add milk a little at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency.


Sorry for the poor quality of this picture. It was the last piece of cake and this picture was taken around midnight, just before I ate it. I realized if I wanted a picture of the inside of the cake, I had better hurry up and take it!

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24 thoughts on “Ridiculously Good Chocolate Cake

  1. I think it is a beautiful cake – and the photo of the layers looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this in cupcake form sometime!

  2. I think it is gorgeous. You don’t “need” fancy tools. You do great with what you have. I can’t imagine what you would do with some other tools, unbelievable.

  3. This is the best chocolate cake ever!! Have made it a few times and no one ever leaves anything but crumbs on the plate.

  4. I made this recipe today, but it needed 2 sticks of butter instead of one. I thought that one might not be enough so I softened 2. I am glad I did. This was an amazing recipe and I WILL be making it again! I never make scratch cakes but this one was a breeze. Thank you for sharing.

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