How to Make an Easy Chocolate Cake

Beloved by kids and adults everywhere, rich, moist chocolate cake is as fun to make as it is to eat!

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Your next cake will be tasty AND beautiful if you follow the baking, frosting, and icing tips and tricks in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • plus extra for dusting
  • 3/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. hot water or hot coffee
  • Two nine-inch round baking pans
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A hand mixer
  • A toothpick
  • fork
  • or knife
  • A cooling rack

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Prepare the oven and pans

    Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the two baking pans with butter, and lightly dust the pans with flour. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare the chocolate mixture

    In the mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with the wooden spoon until they're well combined.

  3. Step 3

    Make the chocolate batter

    Crack the eggs into the mixture and add the milk and oil. Beat on medium speed for one to two minutes until smooth.

  4. Step 4

    Mix in vanilla and water or coffee

    Add the vanilla to the chocolate batter and beat on slow speed for one minute. Pour the hot water into the mixture and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

  5. Step 5

    Bake the cake layers

    Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans for 30 to 35 minutes until the center is slightly firm.

  6. Step 6

    Toothpick test

    Because baking times vary slightly depending on ovens and elevations, do the toothpick test: Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake; when it comes up clean, without any batter or crumbs sticking to it, the cake is done.

  7. If you don't have a toothpick, use a fork or knife instead.

  8. Step 7

    Cool the cake

    Place the cake pans on a cooling rack and let them cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Invert the pans onto the rack and let the cake cool completely, about two hours. Put the layers on a cake stand or plate before frosting or serving. Enjoy!

  9. The first chocolate cake was baked in 1674 and is thought to be the reason people began eating more chocolate.

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