Learn how to make the best chocolate cake from scratch with our easy-to-follow recipe. Rich, moist, and flavorful, this cake is perfect for any occasion!
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Looking for the perfect chocolate cake recipe? Look no further! This easy-to-follow recipe yields a rich, moist, and flavorful cake that is sure to be a hit at any occasion.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Substitutions and Variations
- For a gluten-free option, use a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour.
- For a vegan option, use flax eggs and a non-dairy milk in place of the eggs and buttermilk.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder (if using).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Decorate the cakes with frosting, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or any other toppings of your choice.
- Serve at room temperature with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee.
For a classic chocolate frosting, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
To check if your cakes are done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cakes. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cakes are done. If there is batter still on the toothpick, continue baking for a few more minutes and then check again.
Enjoy your delicious and indulgent chocolate cake! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different frosting flavors and styles to suit your tastes. And if you run into any issues, refer to the FAQs and troubleshooting section for tips and solutions.
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