Ora's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

Sinful, sensational, and luscious, this cake is too easy to make to be this good! My grandmother gave me this recipe when I got married. Make it and you'll see why she kept it such a secret.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans (tip:use cocoa powder to dust pan).
  3. In large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla: beat on medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in water.
  6. (Batter will be thin.).
  7. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Prepare Ora's Favorite Frosting; spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Most Helpful

First off, this exact recipe is on the back of the Hershey cocoa powder box. Secondly, it really just did not taste that good to me. And it was horrible coming out of the pan! It stuck so badly. I would definitely recommend using shortening or parchment paper.

E. Margrit January 27, 2009

wonderful chocolate cake that was enjoyed by my family this cake is sweet so I just served it with ice cream, thanks for sharing Lynn!

Kittencal@recipezazz April 06, 2008

I did half the cake like Mikekey. Cooked it for 27 minutes. It's so moist. Instead of using 1 cup of sugar, I used 3/4 cup. After it was baked, I let it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then removed it on a wire rack to cool completely. I did this frosting : Kittencal's Chocolate Frosting/Icing and dark rich. It's so good. Thanks Lynn :) Made for Market tag.

Boomette January 24, 2008