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My Easy Chocolate Cake Recipes

Updated on August 12, 2017

What Makes a Chocolate Cake Remarkable?

You can't beat the smell of a chocolate cake just coming out of the oven. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Chocolate cake , for me goes back a long way. Every one of my birthday cakes has been a chocolate cake in one form or another. That in itself should be enough but still, chocolate cake is the ultimate dessert item whether at home or in a restaurant

Find within some of my favorite double chocolate cake recipes, and the stories that go with them.

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I couldn't wait to frost it.
I couldn't wait to frost it.

I was first introduced to this cake when I was twelve. Dad was stationed in Chatham, N.B. It was a great culture shock for my Mom who grew up on the west coast and in the prairies. She was stuck with four kids who were picky eaters as dad was away most of the time, and with a limited budget, mom had to be creative.

She was a magician, making this cake disappear before telling us what was in it. You'll be surprised. Now as I write out this recipe you won't have the chance to experience it the way I did but if you are brave enough to try....

Notice in my picture I couldn't wait to make the icing, I just sprayed on whipped cream and added cut strawberries because they are in season. I think the cake stores better with no icing as well.

Cast your vote for Maritimer's Mint Chocolate Cake
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup oil ( I used coconut oil)
  • 1 19 oz can of beets ( drained and pureed in a blender)
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • ICING
  • 2 Tbsp shortening
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp hot water
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract

In My Kitchen - You Need the Tools

KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver
KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver

I bought the Pro series mixer because the Artisan mixer just wouldn't cut it. You need the extra wattage when making extra thick dough like breads or when using the accessories. The smaller artisan mixers are great for making cakes though.

 

Instructions

  1. To prepare the batter combine the sugar and eggs to your stand mixer bowl. mix until well blended. Add coconut oil, pureed beets and mix again. Stir in cocoa, flour baking soda salt, vanilla and peppermint extracts. Power up the beater on medium speed and mix it up for 2 minutes. This also get much needed air into the mix that will make you cake nice and fluffy.
  2. Grease a 9"x9" cake pan. Dust it with more cocoa on the bottom of the pan. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out. Place in a 350F oven for 45-50 minutes. Do the toothpick test. Cool for ten minutes on a rack before turning out the cake to cool completely before icining.
  3. To make the icing cream together the butter, shortening and cocoa. Add sugar,salt peppermint extract and hot water and beat until smooth. Layer on the cake and enjoy.
  4. Or if you are like me just cake and fresh whipped cream with strawberries are enough... see photo of my latest creation.

Chocolate Cakes I Remember

Be Careful What You Wish For

I'll start this story by prefacing that you can't hold a six-year old accountable.

When I was six I loved seeing animals on the TV. I loved watching the birds in the outdoor feeder. The year I turned six a traveling zoo came to town. Not a circus just a zoo. It was awesome. I had to be content to just see the animals from a distance as we didn't have the money to go inside. It was still a wonderful time.

My mom was an animal lover too but couldn't abide seeing animals caged or forced to do the things circus animals did way back then. Needless to say I've never been to a real circus.

I'm a winter baby, being born just before Christmas. Sometimes that was not a good thing and when it came to birthday parties it hard to have the backyard fun my brother had with his summer parties. Most of my parties were indoors if I had a party at all.

The year of my sixth time passed the sun, Mom came up with a wonderful idea for a cake for me. She labored on it for many days and doing that and keeping it a secret from me was quite a chore. It was a chocolate jellyroll cake made into a traveling zoo train. She felt bad we could go to the zoo this summer so she made me one. Complete with tiny zoo animals both one the icing of the cake and free standing sugar animals.

I remember the cake very well but what I don't remember is how the jelly roll cake ended up sprayed all over the basement walls. According to the story my Mom had a birthday party with just me, my best friend neighbor and my brothers. She had to answer the phone upstairs, back then there were no cordless phones. When she came back to disaster, it was another 6 years before I had another birthday cake. I don't recall what happened. I hope it was fun.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Here is another delicious chocolate cake recipe pulled from my Moms old recipe book. Her recipe book is an old Air Force Flight Checklist binder full of clippings and hand written notes. She passed down lots of family recipes that bring back memories. Though I love that Maritimers Mint Cake better, this one is equally moist and tasty.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45-60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp unsweeten Cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 room temperture eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and powder two 9" round cake pans or one 9"x13" pan. ( I use more cocoa to powder the greased pan instead of flour)
  3. Room temperature eggs beat up fluffier so warm you eggs. Beat the eggs and sugar in a stand until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the mayonnaise.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture alternately with water into the mixer bowl. ( As usual start and end with flour )
  6. Pour into prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes if using the round cake pans.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes if using the rectangle pan.
  9. Use the toothpick test to check if is done. If it comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  10. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Let cool completing (if you can) before you frost it.

Kitchen Hints

Even if you are not making chocolate cake recipes from scratch, try replacing the oil in a cake mix recipe with equal parts applesauce. It improves the taste and gets the fat out. It's a healthier choice.

Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce
Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce

I love using coconut oil instead of oil, butter or shortening. It is not only healthier but it tastes better too.

 

Have You Tried these Recipes? - Tell Us What You Think.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @othellos: Let me know how they turn out.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Your recipes are innovative and progressive. I own many choco cake recipes but none of them matches your ingredients and helpful tips. I must try them asap. Thanks a lot:=)

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @anne mohanraj: Did you try them? I tried for years to get my wife to make one as a surprise for me. I don't think she could get passed the beets in the mix. I ended that by making one for her. Now she's hooked. I hope you've tried them, surprise someone you love.

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing those delicious cake recipes.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @JeannyLeRoux: I can't remember where I heard that one but it is awesome in muffins and cupcakes. Thanks for commenting...

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      JeannyLeRoux 4 years ago

      Wow the tip about the applesauce is so 'genius' I will definitely remember that one......

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @wilsonkht: Thank you for visiting.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: Today is a good day to try them... Yes that can be a mantra that way you'll get chocolate cake everyday. :) Enjoy. I'm off to make one myself today.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      No i have not yet but i want to try these :)

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @mcspocky lm: Try the Maritimer's cake. It is so moist and thick Almost like a brownie but way tastier. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @SimplyHolly: She did at that. She was also one to call them different names. Like red beans instead of diced beets. She knew we liked beans ... tricky one she was. I miss her.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I can't wait to try your recipes for myself. I've tasted the mayonnaise cake, or something very similar, a long time ago and it was delicious.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Yum! My mom made a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake for years, but I don't know if it was the same one or not. It was very good though, very moist.

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      SimplyHolly 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens and enjoyed the stories. Sounds like your mom knew how to get her kids to eat their vegetables, put them in chocolate cake!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: I'm trying a layer cake this weekend with raspberry jam between the layers and cocoanut and walnuts in the frosting. I can't wait. Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts. I appreciate it.