This chocolate cake is my go to recipe. I love the fact that this cake is moist and delicious. I also wanted to make a cake sturdy enough to carve into novelty cakes like the ones you see on How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe!). I’ve been making this chocolate cake recipe for 15 years, adding a few tweaks here and there, and it has never let me down. Whether it's smothered in buttercream, draped with fondant or dripping with ganache, this cake is a must!

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My Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe!

See the chart below for this recipe in different quantities!  **Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature before you begin! 

Ingredients & Tools you will need:

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Unsalted butter






Baking soda

Baking powder


Electric Stand Mixer and Paddle Attachment

Mixing Bowl



Rubber Spatula

Parchment Paper

Desired Cake Pans



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How To Make The Perfect Chocolate Cake Batter!


  • Sift your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.


  • Boil some water. Pour your hot water onto your cocoa and whisk until your cocoa dissolves completely. Set aside to cool slightly.


  • Cream your butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 8-10 minutes.


  • Add your eggs to your sugar mixture, two at a time, and blend until incorporated. Scrape down the sides as needed.


  • Add your dry ingredients alternatively with your warm cocoa mixture. Begin by adding dry, then alternate with wet. Add dry in four parts, and the wet in three.

  • Pour your batter into your desired parchment lined pans. Always bake at 350 degrees according to the chart below, until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Yo's Handy Baking Charts!


Below will give you an idea of the types of pans you can use to bake this delicious recipe of Vanilla Cake, along with the suggested baking times, as well as the correct portions of ingredients to use for baking.


How To Cake It Chocolate Cake Recipe Baking Chart



Try this chocolate cake recipe to make my Emoji Cakes, S'moreo Cake, Book Cakes, Gift Box Cake and more! And let me know how it goes! I love seeing pics of your versions of the cakes I make on How To Cake It. Post them on Instagram and tag me - @yolanda_gampp. This chocolate cake recipe will seriously see you through thick and thin. But mostly thick - who wants a thin piece of cake? Ha! :)  

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