Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This cake is a deep dark brown. It is so easy and comes out perfect everytime. When I moved to Israel, I gave Elyse cake decorating lessons and she shared this recipe with me. It is the only chocolate cake recipe I use. It is so easy, my husband (who can barely microwave a hot dog) made this for me and it turned out great. This is the perfect base if you are going to ice/decorate it. Just put it in the freezer overnight first and the icing spread beautifully. Just as easy as Duncan Hines and much cheaper too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all dry ingredients in the mixer.
  2. Turn mixer on low and slowly add the wet ingredients 1 at a time.
  3. Pour into 2 greased round pans or 2 square pans.
  4. Bake 350 for 45minutes-1 hour.
  5. Freezes well.
  6. Hint: line the pans with baking paper for easy clean up.
Most Helpful

This is a MARVELLOUS TASTY cake! I made this today for our April Fools party and it was gone in seconds! Luckily, me, the baker, got a few crumbs to munch on, lol;) This is a really really tasty cake. I did use a little milk when preparing the coffee, that's the only addition I made. Also, your right about the icing---spreads beautifully and looks awesome on top! Thanks a hundred and one times for the recipe!!

Charishma_Ramchandani April 01, 2003

Beautiful cake! So easy to make and no effort at all. I made this for a work collegue. Staff went back for seconds. They thought the cake had been professionally made. I dusted the top with icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and had a chocolate sauce made with melted milk chocolate buttons and cream. In my oven it took 55 minutes to cook. The cake was cracked on top which gave it character and the reason I chose not to ice it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I'll be baking this one again.

Anita Paling August 21, 2003

this was pretty good, however I baked it for the 45 min and the bottom of the bake was a tad hard (not burnt, just a little on the rough side). I used 2 round pans, and the cake rose alot, so i had to even it out, to frost with mean chef's chocolate frosting...i will be posting a pic of it in a few days.

Katrina April 06, 2004