Favorite Chocolate Cake

Favorite Chocolate Cake

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based on 80 reviews
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15 min.
65 min.
16 servings

This is a perfect recipe for everyone's favorite classic chocolate cake.


  • CAKE
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 4 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 3 1/2 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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oven to 350° F. Grease and flour one 13 x 9-inch or two 9-inch round baking pans.

BEAT sugar and butter in large mixer bowl. Add flour, milk, water, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat on low speed until blended. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in Choco Bake. Pour into prepared baking pan(s).

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pan(s) for 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack(s) to cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Choco Bake and butter in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at additional 5- to 10-second intervals, stirring just until butter is melted.

TRANSFER mixture to small mixer bowl; cool to room temperature.

BEAT sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract and salt into chocolate mixture just until spreading consistency. Up to 2 tablespoons milk can be added for a creamier frosting.

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chocolate cake

This was really YUMMY and very easy to make. I would recommend, and would make it again.

- ROBIN BROWN from Harriman, TN


My turning-6-yr-old asked for a chocolate cake for his birthday party and I found this one randomly. I was curious about adding lemon juice or vinager to it. I topped it with a ganache icing at my brother-in-law's suggestion and it was a huge hit! Hardly any cake leftover! My older son loved it so much, he begged me to make it again for his Boy Scout Blue and Gold ceremony this month! I think this will become a family tradition.

- Lisa Milby from Sugar Hill, GA

The name says it all

This truly has become my favorite chocolate cake recipe. I have made it many times and it is always a big hit. It's easy to do and lends itself to your own creativity for filling and decorating. It bakes to the most level layers (no doming) as long as you are careful about oven temperature. Make sure eggs and butter are at room temperature and do not over bake. When frosted with the Chocolate Lover's Frosting it is guaranteed to satisfy all your chocoholics and have them asking for more.

- Richard T. from HAMDEN, CT

loved it.

i just made this cake and all my friends and family loved it.

- norah joiner from SAN BRUNO, CA

Favorite Chocolate Cake

Not only was this cake flavorful, but the lemon juice was an enhancing "secret" ingredient that added depth to the cake! With the addition of ice cream for serving...it became the perfect dessert!

- Joan Randall from CAPE CORAL, FL

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/16 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 16

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 430
  • Calories from Fat: 160
  • Total Fat: 18g (28% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 10g (50% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 50mg (17% of DV)
  • Sodium: 260mg (11% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 68g (23% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (8% of DV)
  • Sugars: 51g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 6% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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