Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This recipe was originally posted on another message board and tweaked by several people there... thanks to Sue B and CM for this great recipe! It makes a super-moist, deeply chocolatey cake that is a no-fail choice for sheet cakes and layer cakes alike. It is just as easy to make as a boxed cake and tastes a million times better.
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3⁄4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Prepare pans (makes one 9x13 sheet cake or two 8- or 9-inch layers) by greasing and flouring (use cocoa powder to avoid white residue).
- In a large bowl, stir Group One ingredients together and set aside.
- In another large bowl, stir Group Two ingredients together.
- Stir Group Two (dry ingredients) into Group One.
- It is quite a liquidy batter, so do not be alarmed!
- Pour batter into prepared pans (fill no more than 2/3 full).
- You may have extra batter, if so make a few cupcakes!
- Rap baking pans sharply on the counter to release air bubbles.
- Bake at 350 until edges are slightly dry, cake springs back when lightly pressed in the center, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
- Baking times will vary based on pan size, but check at 40 minutes and continue checking every 5 minutes thereafter.
- For cupcakes, check at 15 minutes.
I made this cake for my Dad's Birthday and it is absolutely awesome! I now have 3 more requests for this cake at upcoming parties! LOL! The only thing I did differently to the recipe is that I added 1 cup of chopped pecans to the frosting recipe. I also used sifted self-rising flour and left out the salt in the recipe. :)
Absolutely delicious! I am all for simple recipes made from scratch and this could not have been any easier- didn't even have to use my electric mixer. I made this into a bundt cake and had no problems with excess batter. It baked up in exactly 45 minutes. This is a very moist cake with a very deep chocolate flavor without it being too sweet. Because this is not one of those hurt-your-teeth-sweet cakes, it is able to handle a chocolate glaze on top which I did. I used the glaze recipe from Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Bundt Cake With Chocolate Glaze which is very easy to do- just mix together 3 tbsp cocoa, 2 tbsp melted butter, 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 tbsp hot water. I also found the cake better the next day. Will definitely make this often.
Great recipe! Mine turned out super moist and delicious; everyone loved it. This makes 2 thick layers; you could make it 3 if you like. I also substituted the water for cold coffee to add more flavor and that made it even more dedacantly divine. My go-to recipe for chocolate cake!!! ?