Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and actually very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Easy chocolate cake recipe

Cakes from scratch tend to have a preconceived notion that they are hard to make. This could not be further from the truth!

I’m going to show you how to make a chocolate cake from scratch that is so easy! You will never buy a box mix again after you taste this chocolate flavor.

This cake is so moist and delicious and makes the best birthday cake. We make this for birthday’s, holidays, special occasions and more! Sometimes, just because.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing is my favorite but you can certainly use whatever you prefer on this yummy cake. Just use a good homemade icing. It’s worth it and easy too.

Once you see how easy this cake is, you might want to try this Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe. 

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

You will need a 9×13 pan for this recipe. I love my Wilton and it’s never failed me.

Learn how to make a chocolate cake from scratch. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple to make and so delicious. You will never use a box mix again!

It’s worth it to make sure you have a good pan for this recipe and others. You can see the one I use here. It’s perfect for so many different recipes.

If you want to make a layer cake, feel free to use two 9? round cake pans for this recipe instead of the 9×13 pan.  These are the ones I use if you need a new set.

Also, I slice my rounds in half to create 4 rounds before frosting.  I use this to level my cakes and to slice the rounds in half. It’s so handy and makes this process so much easier.

I like to use my stand mixer to make cakes but a  hand-held mixer will work as well. Just use what you prefer.

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Ingredients:

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

How to make easy chocolate cake from scratch:

Before you start, go ahead and preheat the and grease the 9×13 baking pan.

First, use a saucepan and add the  butter, cocoa powder and water. Stir everything together and keep stirring until the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and set aside for later.

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Second, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.  Once everything is well combined, add the chocolate mixture and beat well.

Next, add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla together.

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Finally, pour the cake batter into the pan and bake. I like to use a toothpick inserted into the middle to make sure it is done.

Make sure to let the cake cool completely before you ice it.

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Now, it is time for my favorite part- the frosting! You can use any frosting you prefer but we love this homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting)

It is so rich and creamy. It goes so well with this chocolate cake and takes minutes to make.

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Cut into squares and enjoy!

Learn how to make a chocolate cake from scratch. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple to make and so delicious. You will never use a box mix again!

It is that easy to make Homemade chocolate cake.

This is the best cake and very simple. You will wonder why you ever bought store bought. Let the family help with this easy chocolate cake recipe for kids.

We make this for birthdays, special occasions and more! Grab your ingredients and get started making this cake. You will not be disappointed.

Also, you must try this Easy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe! It is so smooth and creamy plus incredibly simple to make. You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make this delicious homemade ice cream!

This moist chocolate cake recipe is so delicious and very easy to make. It is a win win!

Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Print this homemade chocolate cake recipe below:

Easy Chocolate Cake recipe - How to make a Chocolate cake from Scratch

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Learn how to make a chocolate cake from scratch. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple to make and so delicious. You will never use a box mix again!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 332
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 recipe for homemade buttercream icing - How to Make Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  • In a saucepan, add butter, cocoa powder and water. Stir constantly until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add chocolate mixture and beat well. Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and beat well.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  • Frost with your favorite frosting. Cut into 24 squares.

Recipe Notes

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe that will have you making it again and again. Once you learn how to make a chocolate cake from scratch, you won't ever buy store bought!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 332kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 2g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 8g, Cholesterol 44mg, Sodium 183mg, Potassium 45mg, Sugar 36g, Vitamin A 385IU, Calcium 16mg, Iron 0.7mg

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Learn how to make this easy chocolate cake recipe from scratch. It is so delicious and very simple to make. This recipe is a must try!

Learn how to make a chocolate cake from scratch. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple to make and so delicious. You will never use a box mix again!

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