CHOCOHOLICS BEWARE! THIS DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE IS THE ONLY ONE YOU WILL EVER NEED! WHY, YOU ASK? READ ON AND FIND OUT!
Introducing my Death by Chocolate Cake recipe! I think we can all agree that chocolate cake probably tops the favorite dessert list, right? And there are soooooo many recipes for it out there. So, why try mine? Well, I’ve made this recipe for decades. It is deeply chocolatey, very moist and this recipe doesn’t require any special skills or ingredients. That’s right, you probably have everything you need to make this cake in your cupboard right now!!! So give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!
This is how I prepare my cake pans. A little bit of non-stick cooking spray on the bottom to hold a circle of parchment paper in place and then more non stick cooking spray on the parchment paper and sides of the cake pan. You don’t have to do this but I always do because I never have to worry about my cake getting stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Start by preheating your oven and preparing two 9 inch cake pans by lining with parchment like shown above or by greasing and flouring them. Boil 1 cup of water and set aside for a moment. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. I always use the Ghirardelli cocoa powder because I find it has a better chocolate flavor. Add all the wet ingredients EXCEPT the boiling water. Mix well and then while beating at a low speed, add the boiling water in a small steam. Mix until well combined.
Divide the chocolate cake batter between the two cake pans. You cake pans will be roughly 3/4 full of batter. I realize this seems too full, but I have never had this cake cook over the edges.
Bake your chocolate cakes at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. A toothpick should come out with moist sticky crumbs. You do not want it to come out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack, run a knife around the edges and remove the cakes from the pans.
Once completely cool, frost the chocolate cakes with my Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: One 2 Layer Chocolate Cake
* 2 1/4 Cups Flour
* 2 Cups Sugar
* 1 Cup Cocoa Powder (preferably Ghirardelli)
* 1 tsp Baking Powder
* 1 tsp Baking Soda
* 1 tsp Salt
* 2 Eggs
* 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
* 1 Cup Milk
* 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
* 1 Cup Boiling Water
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans by greasing and flouring them or by lining the with parchment paper and spraying them with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Prepare the 1 cup of boiling water and set it aside for a moment.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. Add the eggs, canola oil, milk and vanilla. Mix well.
6. With the mixer or beaters running pour the boiling water into the batter in a small steady stream. Mix until well combined.
7. Divide the batter between the two cake pans. They will be quite full.
8. Bake your chocolate cakes at 350 for 27-30 minutes. A toothpick should come out with moist sticky crumbs, not clean.
9. Cool on wire racks for a half hour, then turn out of the pans to finish cooling.
10. Frost with my Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting below.
1 serving is 1 slice = 332 calories
Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
THIS RICH CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING IS PERFECT FOR CAKES, CUPCAKES, COOKIES, PUTTING BETWEEN GRAHAM CRACKERS OR JUST EATING OFF A SPOON!
Frosting from a can is considered an unforgivable sin at my house.
This is my go to, tried and true chocolate buttercream frosting. I’ve used it on cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and one of my kids favorite ways, between two graham crackers. It pipes beautifully or spreads well if you prefer. It is very rich and deeply chocolatey. I know you’ll love it! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Yield: 3 Cups
2 Cups Room Temperature Butter
2 Cups Cocoa Powder
One 2 lb bag Powdered Sugar
1/2-3/4 Cup Milk
Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until creamy and smooth.
Beat in the cocoa powder a little at a time until it has all been added and the mixture is smooth and lump free.
Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time alternately with 1/2 cup milk. Once all the powdered sugar has been added and you’ve beaten the frosting until smooth you can add more milk if you want a softer frosting.
For an easy treat just spread this rich chocolate buttercream frosting between graham crackers and store in an airtight container overnight to soften. So yummy!
If you want to cut this recipe in half, 1 lb of powdered sugar is roughly 4 cups.
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.4g 38%
Cholesterol 61.3mg 20%
Sodium 11.7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14.5g 5%
Protein 2.7g 5%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 0%
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