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Favorite Chocolate Cake

Favorite Chocolate Cake
Makes:
16 servings
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
65
minutes
based on
80 reviews
This is a perfect recipe for everyone's favorite classic chocolate cake.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 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
  • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 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

Directions:

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
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.

FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
MICROWAVE
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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  •  Star(s)

    chocolate cake

    ROBIN BROWN from Harriman, TN

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

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome!

    Lisa Milby from Sugar Hill, GA

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    The name says it all

    Richard T. from HAMDEN, CT

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    loved it.

    norah joiner from SAN BRUNO, CA

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

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Joan Randall from CAPE CORAL, FL

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    favorite chocolate cake

    elaine hilton from little falls, NJ

    So easy to make. Delicious, rich, & moist. Everyone will love this chocolate treat! Make one today!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    natalia porosa from FAIRFAX, VA

    Super moist and flavourful. I made this for my boyfriend and it only took one day for the cake to disapear.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and delicious!

    Alana Knight from Mansfield, GA

    This is the best "from scratch" chocolate cake that I've tried. Chocolate cake is my mom's favorite, and she loved it. It's great with buttercream frosting.

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Kim Branson from New Berlin, IL

    Easy and Good!!!

  •  Star(s)

    One of the best

    Susanna Davis from WISTER, OK

    My family all love chocolate so when birthday time comes, out comes recipes for chocolate cake this is one of the best. Has good texture and a wonderful taste. I just use a different flavor frosting for the special one i am making it for.

  •  Star(s)

    favorite chocolate cake

    Lelia Jones from SIDNEY, OH

    This is simple and easy to make and its a very good flavor of chocolate. I will use this often as its a winner with my family.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Recipe...

    Linda Randles from NORTH CANTON, OH

    Made this for dessert after dinner. It was a big hit. The family loved it and at first didn't believe me when I said I made it. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing..

  •  Star(s)

    The Best Cake I've Tasted

    Kimberly Cummins from Seattle, WA

    This is the best cake I've tasted besides cheesecake. I made i for my lil' cousins b-day, and al my relatives loved it. I had to make like five of them. plus it was really easy!

  •  Star(s)

    In one word..... yuuuuummmmmm!!!!!

    Christie Lyons from EAST SAINT LOUIS, IL

    For all of the chocolate lovers of the world this is the cake for you. It is a very moist cake and simply delicious. I would recommend this recipe to anyone :)

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate cake

    Joan Folden from SAN JOSE, CA

    This is a very good cake! I made it for an office luncheon and will make it again. Since I don't have luck with cake mixes ( they fall) this is a keeper! It is moist, tender and yummy!

  •  Star(s)

    Heavenly Chocolate Cake

    Barbara Bryant from Chapmanville, WV

    I made this Cake for My Momma,For Her Birthday Must Say Simply Heavenly she ate and could'nt stop wanting more Thanks for this easy to make cake and the best chocolate flavor ever.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cake & Milk

    Carol Perry from WESTFIELD, NJ

    We love chocolate cake and a glass of ice cold milk. This cake is easy and great to eat. Yummy!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    LISA SECKORA from THE DALLES, OR

    Easy, moist and oh so good! I put it in an angel food cake pan and it turned out perfect. A little chocolate frosting drizzled over the top and it is a great way to end a meal and good snack.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    C CONKLIN from WINTERVILLE, NC

    Very good flavor. Very moist. Easy to make. It was so moist and fluffy it was a little hard to use the icing without crumbling a little. Yummy though.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy Chocolate cake

    Meghan Freitas from Reno, NV

    Wonderful chocolate cake, so easy to make!! Excellent flavor and very moist! We even did a blind taste test with our friends and family to see if they would prefer this cake or a mix and this chocolate cake won hands down!! Would use this recipe again and again!

  •  Star(s)

    My Son's FAVORITE Birthday Cake!

    mary-ann kucher from BRUNSWICK, ME

    This is by far, the easiet and one of the most deliciously moist chocolate cakes I have ever made. The flavor is rich and smooth. I know there will never be leftovers and I get neighborhood kids asking me to bake it for them on a regular basis!

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful Cake

    Janken Daniels from TEMPLETON, MA

    This tasty and moist chocolate cake is a hit with my family. Great for anyone who wants a chocolate cake for a birthday or special occassion. Also tasty with vanilla or cream cheese icing.

  •  Star(s)

    Watch Out Chocolate Lovers!!

    Erika Robinson from Belleville, MI

    This chocolate cake is too good to be true. It's easy to make and it is simply delicious.....moist and everything. Don't be fooled, this recipe is a keeper

  •  Star(s)

    Very good chocolate cake

    Tammy Nelson from Fremont, NH

    Me and my family really enjoyed this chocolate cake with a cold glass of milk. It was very moist and delicous and very easy to make . I also have tried it by using a cup of brewed cold coffee instead of milk and it gave the cake a nice mocha flavor . Definitely a good recipe to keep and share.

  •  Star(s)

    EASY and MOIST

    THERESA KOZER from CORTLAND, NY

    I loved this cake, it was so easy and moist even better the next day!

  •  Star(s)

    Very moist and simple

    AMANDA WILBUR from WALLACEBURG, ON

    This cake was very simple to make and turned out extreamly moist. When i mixed it up i thought it did not look very chocolatey but it definitely has the taste!

  •  Star(s)

    mm good

    Susan McCormick from BUFFALO, NY

    My family loved this easy to make classic and I changed it a little by adding cherry juice and chocolate chips...it's a winner and i have been asked to make it Again!

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome

    Jackie Eisenhower from Grand Prairie, TX

    My entire family loves this cake. It is one I will bake often. I made a chocolate pecan icing for it. UMMMM good. I plan to submit my icing recipe. I had been looking for a good fast, and easy chocolate cake recipe, I found it in this one.

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Henry Story from StoneMountain, GA

    I baked this recipe and had rave reviews.

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Choclate Cake

    Paul Brown from West Warwick, RI

    This Tasty chocolate Cake Was the most moist and best cake I have made. and the recipe was easy to follow I will make this recipe again

  •  Star(s)

    MELT IN YOUR MOUTH CAKE

    DAO ORLOSKI from MENTOR, OH

    THIS RECIPE MAKES A CAKE THAT JUST MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH. IT'S A KEEPER.

  •  Star(s)

    favorite chocolate cake

    katherine anderson from LEAVENWORTH, KS

    i thought this chocolate cake was great! everyone loved it. it was moist and delicious! the recipe was easy to follow and the great chocolate taste was excellent! i will make this cake again!

  •  Star(s)

    GET OUT THE FORKS !!!!

    Naomi Tauberman from Mentor, Minnesota

    Thank you once again for a yummy recipe. Always looking forward to a new way to bake chocolate cake. What can this family say except 4 Stars. Delicious and moist. Its a keeper.

  •  Star(s)

    everyone's favorite chocolate cake

    Cathryn Ricard from Pleasant Hill, CA

    This is one of the best chocolate cakes. It's moist and rich. Another variation that my sister came up with is, instead of adding frosting, put ha half bag of mini chocolate chips in the batter. then when it comes out of the oven it's all gooey and fudgy. it tasts great without all the extra work of making the frosting.

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Sue Reed from DES MOINES, IA

    After making this chocolate cake, I will never go back to boxed cake mix again! This is so easy and more moist that any cake mix with "pudding" in the mix. The only thing that makes this cake better is a big glass of cold milk!

  •  Star(s)

    excellent

    Rosemary Morris from MOUNDSVILLE, WV

    family loved this cake, thought it the best I ever made. thank you for the recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    simply delicious

    deborah mellon from NORTH GEORGETOWN, OH

    I only made this recipe because of the reviews. Oh my were they all right. I had a craving for a chocolate cake for 2 weeks before making this. Wellwhenever it hits again this is the cake i will be making. I have made 2 in the last week and both went faster then lightning

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Barbara Blackman from CLAYTON, NC

    This is a five star recipe! The recipe is easy to follow and the outcome is wonderful.

  •  Star(s)

    This is a wonderful chocolate cake!

    LORENE GOBERT from OPELOUSAS, LA

    I love this chocolate cake! It is so good. Super moist and easy to make. Family takes less time to eat it than it takes me to make it!

  •  Star(s)

    Soooo Gooood

    Maria Lugo from Newark, NJ

    really good, really recommended

  •  Star(s)

    NUmber One

    Linda Hitchcock from ALEXANDRIA, VA

    My husband ranked this as number one of the many chocolate cakes I haved baked for him. Excellent and easy instructions.

  •  Star(s)

    Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Marjorie Massenburg from CHARLOTTE, NC

    This cake is good. Very moist. My family loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome cake

    Torrie Gunia from REGINA, SK

    I made this cake for my nephew for his halloween birthday, so I shaped it like a cat and he loved it! The cake was very moist, although some spilled out of my pans! This is always requested around my house now!

  •  Star(s)

    Impressive cake

    P Donaldson from BATON ROUGE, LA

    I made this cake in 2 9" round pans and filled and covered it with a ganache, then sprinkled it with chopped up white chips. It was tall and impressive, and very good.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful and Easy to Make

    Tracy Smith from Houston, TX

    I made this cake for my family and then for again for someone at work. It is so easy to make and tastes better than any box out there. Everyone wanted this recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate cake

    linda wilson from SHIRLEY, NY

    Oh my goodness...How moist was that!!and chocolately.that's what I call chocolate.Thanks for sharing

  •  Star(s)

    great cake

    Vanessa Welch from naperville, IL

    I used to make the box cakes because they were easy and turned out moist. but this cake was super moist. My family loved it and ate it all up. can't wait to make it again

  •  Star(s)

    Even I Made It!

    Erica Guilbault from Pascoag, RI

    I have a terrible track record with baking cakes from scratch. This recipe is no fail, because if it came out awesome for me then anyone will have great results. It is delicious and very light.

  •  Star(s)

    yummy!

    Ria Maria Kim from Cypress, CA

    I made this for my friend's birthday and he absolutely loved it! nice and moist and just the perfect amount of chocolate!

  •  Star(s)

    "Wonderbar" Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Ruth from MI

    This really is an "Excellent" chocolate cake. Its definately happy food.....my husband Loved it and seems one piece is not enough.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 16 

  • 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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Favorite Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 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

 

Directions

FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT
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.

FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
MICROWAVE
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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