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A Simple, Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe For Beginners

Updated on April 5, 2013

Perfect! Here Is A Recipe For A Chocolate Cake

Everybody loves chocolate cake, so here is a chocolate cake recipe for even the most vigilante of chocolate cake lovers.

It is really not hard and even a kid can do it. You must simply learn to follow a few basic rules when making any kind of cake or bread and the rest is just plain old common sense.

Here goes...

A Chocolate Cake Recipe For Beginners

Here is a recipe that is truly for beginners. Have you ever heard of the term 'Dump and Stir'? Well that is what this recipe and method entails. Simply just dump all the ingredients into a large bowl, stir and then bake.

Provided that you have taken the time to measure out all of the ingredients correctly, there is really NO possible way that this recipe will fail. Delicious home baked chocolate cake straight from your oven... Not the store. That is really something to be proud of!

Here is what you will need:

1. You will need all of the usual cake making tools - a bowl, a spoon, and a couple of cake pans (9 or 10").

2. All of the ingredients, an oven, and the time needed to put all of this together. A quick estimation provides me with an hour or so. Maybe more, maybe less!

Ingredients Needed For Your Chocolate Cake

You will need quite a few ingredients, but they can all be found in your own kitchen pantry or they can be easily purchased from your local supermarket or general store... Unless you live in Japan like me.... Should that be the case you had better log on to and get them there.

Ingredients for your cake

2/3 cup of cocoa powder (drinking chocolate is fine, too)

1/2 cup of salted butter (just regular butter is perfect)

2 tbsp of edible oil (the oil in your car is not edible, neither is palm oil)

1 cup of milk (just the regular cow variety)

2 cups of plain flour

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar (brown sugar is unbleached sugar)

1/8 tsp of salt (not really necessary if you are using salted butter, but a little salt never hurt anyone)

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup of butter milk (once again the bovine variety)

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract or essence

1/3 cup of cocoa powder

Ingredients for your frosting.

1/3 cup of butter

1/2 cup of milk

4 cups of fine sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract or essence

Method For Putting It All Together

The very first thing you will need to do is turn on your oven and preheat it to 350F.

Next, in a large pot / saucepan, combine the cocoa powder, butter, oil and 1 cup of your milk and heat gently until all of those are melted and well blended. Then you need to remove it from the heat and beat it with a wire whisk (balloon whisk) for a bit to combine them all well.

Add all the rest of your dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Then beat well to form a thick chocolaty batter. Once that is done - Add your buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla essence / extract and mix until it becomes smooth.

Oil your pans and then pour your prepared batter into the oiled pans. Just take a guess and divide the mixture evenly between your 2 pans.

Whack your pans in the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the cake starts to pull away from the pan a little. You can check to see if they are baked by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake and then removing it. If it comes out relatively dry without any bits of batter stuck to it, your cake is done!

Flip your cakes out onto a cake rack to cool, then you can get onto the task of preparing the frosting.

Once again, in a pot / saucepan - add the cocoa and the butter and melt, then remove from the heat, add milk, sugar and vanilla then mix until they are well combined.

Then once that is done, all there is left to do is pour the frosting over your cake / cakes and even it off with a knife / spoon / spatula or something like that.

Enjoy your cake!!


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      Vanessa 7 weeks ago

      Hi, looks great but you have 2 measurements of cocoa powder. Which one is the right one?

    • profile image 8 months ago

      I had a terrible time with the icing. I had to make it twice. Hard time getting sugar melted and actually didn't get it all melted the second time either. Do you have any hints or clues? I would like to make it again, and succeed. Thanx for any help you can offer.

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      Briony 4 years ago

      Sounds tasty! Will defiantly try x