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    Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe

    If you’re looking for a rich, moist chocolate cake recipe that’s going to satisfy your sweet cravings, then this cake IS IT! The velvety soft chocolate cake layers are packed with chocolate flavor, and paired with an indulgent chocolate fudge frosting. I would go so far as to say that this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever had!

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    Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Cake

    There is SO MUCH to love about this chocolate cake, but here are a few notable mentions:

    Rich in flavor: When it comes to chocolate cake, it should taste like chocolate, but in cake form! When developing this recipe, I really wanted to pack in as much rich chocolate flavor as possible. To do this, I decided to use a ‘mud cake’ style chocolate cake recipe that uses actual chocolate in the cake batter (not just cocoa powder). I find that using good quality semi-sweet chocolate in the cake batter really takes the flavor to another level.

    Moist: Not only is this cake packed with chocolate flavor, it’s also soft and has a wonderfully moist crumb. This recipe uses both butter and oil to provide wonderful moisture to the cake. Oil in particularly is a fat that is liquid at room temperature, so it provides unmatched moisture when it comes to cakes. This is the main reason I use it in most of my cake recipes 🙂

    Easy: This recipe doesn’t require any hand or stand mixer to make, and comes together really easily! If you have a few bowls and a whisk, you’re good to go!

    The best frosting ever: The base chocolate cake layers are paired with an incredibly delicious chocolate fudge frosting, that takes this chocolate cake recipe as a whole to another level! The chocolate frosting is so decadent and has the most wonderful velvety texture. Just be careful though, you may end up eating too much of it with a spoon before you even get to frosting the cake! This frosting is a softer frosting and not ideal if you’re doing a lot of piping, in which case you may want to try my chocolate buttercream frosting with a twist (it’s a cream cheese frosting and tastes incredible!) or a firm chocolate ganache.

    Loved by my ‘chocolate cake hating’ husband: Now here is how I REALLY knew this cake was good. My husband is not a huge cake person, and in particular despises chocolate cakes 😂. So when I gave him this cake to try, to my surprise he asked for seconds, and the next day he basically finished most of the cake! My husband is also super honest (sometimes a bit too honest – ha ha!), so when he said this cake was good, I knew it was next level good!

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    Updated Recipe

    I’ve recently updated this recipe (April 2024), as some readers were having issues with the cake layers sinking in. I experimented with different ways to add a little more structure to the cake layers to help prevent this issue, and finally settled on an updated recipe that had additional structure, but still had the same great flavor and texture to the original.

    The main changes to the original recipe include an additional egg and additional flour – both of which add more structure to the cake layers.

    I know there are many of you who LOVE the original version, so I have kept the original quantities in the notes section of the recipe card (towards the bottom of the blog post). I want to assure you though, that the updated version (in my opinion) is even better than the original, so don’t be afraid to give it a go 😀

    How to make chocolate cake

    This cake comes together really easily, which is another reason why I love it so much!

    Begin by preheating your oven to 180 °C (350°F) conventional (lower the temperature to 160C/320F if using a convection oven with a fan) and grease two 8-inch round cake pans. You also want to line the bottoms with parchment paper. This chocolate cake is fudgy and delicate, so you need to line the bottom of the cake tins with parchment paper just to make sure they come out in one piece!

    In a bowl, sift together all purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder (use dutch process cocoa if you can), baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using a whisk, mix together until well combined. Set aside.

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    In a large bowl (make sure it’s microwave safe), add in butter and dark chocolate. I use 50% dark chocolate, but a good quality semi-sweet chocolate will work well. Melt in the microwave for 30 second bursts at a time, mixing in between each burst until fully melted.

    Pour in cold milk and using a whisk, mix until well combined. This will help cool down your mixture.

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    Next add in sugar, coffee powder, vegetable oil, vanilla extract/essence and eggs. Using a whisk, mix until well combined.

    Add in your pre-sifted dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

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    Lastly, add in your hot water and mix until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.

    Evenly distribute the batter into your prepared pans and bake for 38-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. chocolate cake recipe

    Allow the cakes to cool in the cake tins for 30 minutes, before turning them out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

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    How to make chocolate fudge frosting

    This chocolate fudge frosting is so easy to put together! It’s basically a double batch of my original fudge frosting recipe.

    Place a saucepan or pot over a medium heat and add in whipping/heavy cream. Heat until you start to see little bubbles forming around the edges of the pan. The cream shouldn’t be boiling.

    Turn the heat down to low and add in the remaining ingredients and continue to gently stir until all the solid ingredients are melted and you have a very smooth mixture.

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    Strain the mixture into a heat proof bowl to get rid of any lumps, and then cover the top with plastic wrap so that the cling wrap is directly touching the top of the frosting. This will prevent a skin from forming as it cools down.

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    Place the frosting into the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow it to set.

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    Decorating Chocolate Cake

    Once your cake layers are cool and your frosting is at a spreadable consistency, you can decorate your cake however you like! I placed layers of frosting in between my cake layers, and then covered the outside in a thick layer of frosting too.

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    I then finished off by piping some frosting on the top of the cake using a 1M star piping tip.

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    Commonly Asked Questions:

    How to store chocolate cake?

    This chocolate cake can be left at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days, after which it should be placed into the fridge.

    Can I use this recipe to make chocolate cupcakes?

    You can totally use this recipe to make chocolate cupcakes, though I do have another chocolate cupcake recipe that is equally as delicious!

     

    chocolate cake recipe

    Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe

    If you’re looking for a rich, moist chocolate cake recipe that's going to satisfy your sweet cravings, then this cake IS IT! The velvety soft chocolate cake layers are packed with chocolate flavor, and paired with an indulgent chocolate fudge frosting. I would go so far as to say that this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever had!
    4.91 from 55 votes
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    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 38 minutes
    Cooling Time: 2 hours
    Total Time: 2 hours 53 minutes
    Servings: 12 people

    IMPORTANT: For accuracy, I would recommend using the gram measurements provided as those are the exact quantities I use. Cup measurements are given as estimates (based on US cup measurements) to make it easier for those who do not have a scale.

    Ingredients
     

    Chocolate Cake

    • cups (210 g) flour - regular all purpose
    • ½ cup (50 g) cocoa powder - unsweetened, dutch process preferred
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter
    • cups (200 g) dark chocolate - I use 50% dark but any good quality semi-sweet chocolate will work
    • cup (80 g) milk - cold
    • cups (300 g) white granulated sugar
    • tbsp instant coffee powder
    • cup (70 g) unflavoured vegetable oil - I use canola oil
    • 2 tsp vanilla essence/extract
    • 3 large eggs - room temperature
    • ½ cup (110 g) hot water

    Chocolate Fudge Frosting

    • 1 cup (226 g) whipping/heavy cream
    • 4 tsp cocoa powder - unsweetened, dutch process preferred
    • cups (400 g) dark chocolate - I use 50% dark but any good quality semi-sweet chocolate will work
    • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter
    • 1⅓ cups (170 g) powdered sugar - also known as icing/confectioners sugar
    • ½ tsp instant coffee powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 2 tsp vanilla essence/extract

    Instructions

    • This recipe has been updated on April 8th, 2024.

    Chocolate Cake

    • Preheat oven to 180C/350F conventional (see note 1 if using a convection oven with a fan) and grease the bottom and sides of two 8 inch cake tins (mine are 3 inch deep), and also line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper (see note 2).
    • In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using a whisk, mix together until well combined. Set aside.
    • In a large microwave safe bowl, add in butter and dark chocolate. Melt in the microwave for 30 second bursts at a time, mixing in between each burst until fully melted.
    • Add in cold milk and using a whisk, mix until well combined. This will help cool down your mixture.
    • Next add in sugar, instant coffee powder, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs. Using a whisk, mix until well combined.
    • Add in your pre-sifted dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until combined. Avoid over-mixing.
    • Lastly, add in your hot water and mix until well combined. Avoid overmixing the batter.
    • Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared cake tins and bake for 38-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. IMPORTANT: Do not open the oven door too early to check the cakes otherwise this can cause the cakes to sink in the middle.
    • Allow the cakes to cool in the cake tins for 20 minutes, before turning them out onto a wire rack to completely cool (see note 3).

    Chocolate fudge frosting

    • Place a saucepan or pot over a medium heat and add in heavy cream. Heat until you start to see little bubbles forming around the edges of the pan. The cream shouldn't be boiling.
    • Turn the heat down to low and add in the remaining ingredients and continue to gently stir until all the solid ingredients are melted and you have a very smooth mixture.
    • Strain the mixture into a heat proof bowl to get rid of any lumps, and then cover the top with cling wrap so that the cling wrap is directly touching the top of the frosting. This will prevent a skin from forming as it cools down.
    • Place the frosting into the fridge for 2 hours to allow it to set (see note 4).
    • Once your cake layers are cool and your frosting is at a spreadable consistency, frost your cake (you can see how I did mine in the recipe video or blog post pictures above). Enjoy!

    Video

    YouTube video

    Notes

    Note 1. In this recipe I use an oven with the fan function turned on. The fan forced function cooks cakes/cupcakes faster, so if your oven doesn't have a fan option, then you will need to increase the baking temperature to 175°C (345°F) so that the cake/cupcake bakes at the same rate as mine 🙂
    Note 2. This chocolate cake is fudgy and delicate, so you need to line the bottom of the cake tins with baking paper just to make sure they come out in one piece.
    Note 3. This cake is quite delicate so you want to let the cake cool for a longer time than usual to allow it to firm up a little before turning it out of it's tin. 
    Note 4. If you end up leaving your frosting in the fridge for too long and it's very hard, then either let it come to room temperature, or if you're in a rush, heat the frosting in the microwave for 10 second bursts at a time, mixing in between each burst until you reach your desired consistency. On the other hand, if your frosting is still too soft, just leave it in the fridge for longer to firm up. 
    Note 5. This recipe was updated on 8th of April, 2024. Some readers were having issues with the cake layers sinking, so I adjusted some of the quantities to add more stability to the cake, whilst still retaining the same great flavor and texture. In my opinion, it is even better than the original now and would recommend using the updated quantities :). However, for those of you who would prefer to stick to the original version, here are the original quantities for the chocolate cake recipe:
    - 1½ cups (190 g) flour (regular all purpose)
    - ½ cup (50 g) cocoa powder (unsweetened)
    - 1 tsp baking soda
    - 1 tsp baking powder
    - ½ tsp salt
    - ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter
    - 1¼ cups (200 g) dark chocolate (50%)
    - ⅓ cup (80 g) milk (room temperature)
    - 1½ cups (300 g) white sugar
    - 1½ tbsp instant coffee powder
    - ¼ cup (55 g) unflavoured vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
    - 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
    - 2 large eggs (room temperature)
    - ½ cup (110 g) hot water   

    Nutrition

    Calories: 989kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 1284IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 9mg

    Nutritional information are estimates only as they are automatically calculated by a third party application. Actual values may differ based on brands and types of products used.

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    185 Comments

    • Ezgi

      5 stars
      If I make this cake in 3 layers with the same measurements, how long should the cooking time be?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Ezgi! 🙂 The layers will be thinner so you would need to reduce the cooking time. I would check the cakes at about maybe the 20min mark and then bake more if needed 🙂

    • Neama

      5 stars
      Hello MK, i made this cake a few weeks ago and it was amazing! my family loved it and have requested it again for a birthday. I wanted to ask, would the cake stay the same if I made it the day before?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Neama! So happy to hear your family loved the recipe 😀 yes if you bake the cake a day beforehand, wrap it in clingwrap and store it in an airtight container it’ll stay fresh 🙂

    • Zeenath

      Your recipes are very clear.Thank you.
      For how long can I store this chocolate fudge frosting ? Can I keep it in the fridge for later use?

      • Cakes by MK

        Thanks so much Zeenath! 😀 You can keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week 🙂 enjoy!

    • martha

      Hello MK , I watch your videos and they have helped me improve my baking skills. i am kindly asking to help me with a good fondant recipe . i will be happy
      thank you for the good work

      • Cakes by MK

        So happy to hear you’ve been finding the videos helpful Martha 🙂 will keep a fondant recipe in mind for future videos 🙂

    • Marta

      I just discovered your YouTube channel and I think it’s brilliant! So many great tips! I was wondering in this recipe which would be the acid that activates the baking soda? And could I substitute the coffee powder? My son wants a chocolate cake for his 3rd birthday and I’m very excited to try this recipe!

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Marta! So happy to hear you’re loving the YouTube channel 😀 In this recipe it’s the cocoa powder, dark chocolate and coffee powder that provide the acidity 🙂 you can leave the coffee out if you prefer 🙂 enjoy!

    • Elizabeth

      5 stars
      I tried this recipe and it came out really nice
      Everyone loved it
      Thanks a lot❤️

      • Cakes by MK

        Thanks so much for the feedback Elizabeth! So happy to hear you loved the recipe 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      5 stars
      Hi maryam
      I tried out this recipe and it came out really nice!
      Thanks alot

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Elizabeth! So so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 😀 really appreciate the feedback 🙂

    • Pooja

      Hello, I want to make a single layer cake in 6 inch pan. Please guide me the measurements for cake ingredients. Thank you ❤️❤️

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Pooja! A single layer 6 inch cake would be a 1/4 of this recipe 🙂

    • Adeena

      Hi, Actually I want a bit guidance because I’m new to baking can you please tell me. I have electric oven with 2 rods and I don’t understand on which rod should I set tempreture like you said “on the time of baking tempreture should be 160°C with fan on” but which rod … Can you please guide me with this ?

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Adeena! 🙂 If using the fan function then usually the oven turns on the appropriate rod/s automatically, but in any case I would recommend turning both the top and bottom rods on, just make sure the cake is in the centre of the oven and not too high otherwise the top will burn 🙂

    • Neha

      Hello Maryam,

      Can I use your chocolate cream cheese frosting instead of chocolate fudge? Will it go well with this cake please. Thank you.

      • Cakes by MK

        Hi Neha! Yes you could totally use the chocolate cream cheese frosting for this recipe 🙂 enjoy!

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