How to Make a Chocolate Cake

How to Make a Chocolate Cake

June 27, 2023 0 By Lewys Huffman

Chocolate cake has something for every palate – from five year-old children to sixty year-old grandfathers alike! That is why it has become such a beloved dessert option.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and sift to prevent lumps. Make a well in the center; add eggs, milk, and oil and stir just until combined before slowly adding boiling water and mixing until everything is uniformly mixed together.


Keep cakes moist by selecting ingredients with high levels of hydration such as all purpose flour (or cake flour), oil, and freshly-brewed coffee. Also avoid adding too much sugar which will dry out your batter; fluffing the flour with your hand helps ensure more accurate measurements than kitchen scales alone can achieve.

Addition of espresso powder (or fine ground coffee) can enhance the chocolate flavour, as well as bloom cocoa for more intense cocoa notes. However, this step is entirely optional and you may wish to forgo this step altogether if desired.

Achieve a moist chocolate cake requires accurate baking times. A toothpick or wooden skewer should come out clean when poked through the surface of the cake when pressing lightly; otherwise it requires additional baking time. Also important is not opening your oven door too early in its baking.


Chocolate cake is an all-time classic birthday party dessert, as nearly everyone enjoys eating it. Plus, its variety of flavours and frosting options makes it easy to personalize it according to your personal tastes!

Coffee adds depth of cocoa powder flavor, creating a richer chocolate cake. Furthermore, its hot liquid helps prevent cocoa clumps that cannot be whisked out of the batter.

Sour cream is another key component to this recipe, adding dairy undertones and rich flavors without using butter to keep the cake moist without becoming dry and grainy. Be sure to use full-fat sour cream, as low-fat varieties may leave cakes dry and grainy.


Chocolate cake is a versatile dessert that is suitable for any celebration, from birthday parties and family reunions to wedding and anniversary events. Additionally, this timeless favorite can also be dressed up with frosting, icing or fruit for an eye-catching presentation; furthermore it can even be frozen up to one month prior to consumption!

This chocolate cake recipe is quick and simple to prepare without needing special equipment or preparation time. Simply combine the ingredients and enjoy this delectable treat topped with buttercream icing! For an elegant presentation, finish off this confectionary creation by topping with decorative flowers!

If you want to make this cake dairy-free, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to nondairy milk and mix thoroughly before incorporating a gluten-free flour blend or cocoa powder instead of flour for coating the pans and cooling racks – both ways will prevent sticking. Also be sure to line both with parchment paper before flipping over layers on them!

Easy to make

Chocolate cake is one of the simplest desserts to create, needing only basic ingredients and minimal effort to produce delicious results. Perfect for special events or just enjoying with coffee – chocolate cake makes an elegant and delightful dessert option!

Prep this chocolate cake by preheating your oven and lightly greasing/flouring two 9×1 1/2-inch round pans. Sift together sugar, self-raising flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl before slowly adding in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla for further mixing. Gradually drizzle in boiling water – though at first sight the batter might seem thin- – while reviews indicate that it will create a light and airy sponge when baking!

To prepare the icing, combine icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl before whisking in butter until smooth. Spread this evenly over a chilled cake before leaving to set for several minutes before enjoying!