Friends, meet my new favorite super easy Chocolate Cake Recipe! It is lush with homemade chocolate goodness. But not heavy … just right. I know you will love it too!
Top it with deliciously creamy frosting and chocolate curls if the spirit moves you. Although it really requires nothing, except a fork.
You can create this cake as a small 6-inch layer cake as I did, a slightly larger 8-inch layer cake, or a sheet cake. Decisions, decisions.
Below are answers to our most common cake questions.
Serve the cake within 3 days of making it, or freeze it. If not freezing, allow to cool completely, wrap each layer tightly in plastic wrap, and keep on the counter, unfrosted, at room temperature.
If you freeze it, place the plastic-wrapped layers into gallon freezer bags. Freeze for up to one month. Defrost the cake a day or two before you want to serve it. Then, remove it from the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator without unwrapping it. Be sure it has completely thawed before you begin frosting.
Substitute the all-purpose flour with the same amount of a gluten-free flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill or another “cup for cup” brand of gluten-free flour.
The most popular pick is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. Bob’s™ has created a unique 1-to-1 blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, making it easy to transform traditional cakes into gluten-free treats.
If you want to do it properly and learn, by tempering the chocolate to achieve the best possible shiny look, read this. To temper without a thermometer with a shortcut, watch this. Lastly, if you just want to do it as fast as possible and you don’t mind a slightly duller chocolate look, read this.
Substitutions and Additions
After making and enjoying the delicious basic recipe, come back and try these minor tweaks. See what you prefer!
The addition of espresso powder in chocolate cake and chocolate frosting elevates and enhances the chocolate flavor. But, don’t worry; the chocolate cake will not taste like coffee.
Espresso powder can be found at the grocery store and is even easier to find online. (affiliate link)
The winner in America’s Test Kitchens testing was Civilized Coffee Espresso powder. (affiliate link)
The reviews with this espresso powder claimed it tasted just a bit better than the rest of the brands, with more pronounced chocolate flavors. “buttery and warm,” like a “fresh-brewed” cup of coffee.
You can also make your own homemade espresso powder from this recipe.
Replace the hot water with freshly brewed hot coffee to enhance the chocolateyness. You can use caffeinated or decaf coffees.
For a healthier alternative, try substituting avocado oil for vegetable oil.
I know this may sound a little silly since we are talking about chocolate cake, but it’s an easy replacement that does not alter the taste and is better for your health. Read more about unhealthy oils here.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
And here it is, the luscious topping for your cake; an amazing chocolate buttercream. It’s incredibly creamy and smooth.
This frosting is also perfect for decorative piping, it keeps its shape for even the most detailed designs.
Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Without further ado, here is the yummy from-scratch chocolate cake recipe. File under, family favorite. Everyone will love its simplicity and flavor.Print
If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to help you.
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