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The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe


    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1¾ cups granulated sugar
    • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 cup boiling water


    Preheat Oven:

    Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

    Prepare Dry Ingredients:

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

    Combine Wet Ingredients:

    Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.

    Mix well until the batter is smooth and well incorporated.

    Add Boiling Water:

    Carefully add the boiling water to the batter, mixing continuously.

    The batter will be thin, but that’s normal.


    Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


    Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Chocolate Frosting:


    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Cream Butter and Sugar:

    In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

    Add Cocoa and Vanilla:

    Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.

    Gradually Add Milk:

    Gradually add the milk to the frosting mixture, beating continuously until smooth and spreadable.

    Frost the Cake:

    Once the cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of chocolate frosting on top of one cake layer.

    Place the second cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with the remaining chocolate frosting.

    Serve and Enjoy:

    Slice the cake and serve.

    Enjoy the rich and decadent flavor of the best chocolate cake!

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