The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This Best Chocolate Cake Recipe is easy to throw together, uses common everyday ingredients, and tastes amazing! You will never need another chocolate cake recipe again. Guaranteed. 

Last year for my husband’s birthday, I made him a chocolate cake. This year, I perfected that recipe for him {and you!!} so you can recreate the Best Chocolate Cake Recipe at home. Complete with an easy chocolate frosting recipe and mini chocolate chips!

chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Cake Recipe

I originally used this Chocolate Cake Recipe for some Vegan Cupcakes. Can you believe that? No dairy products or eggs in this cake and it always comes out perfectly every time! After experimenting a little more I’ve come up with the best chocolate cake whether you’re vegan or not! One of the greatest things about this recipe is that it uses everyday ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

 For the Chocolate Cake

  • Almond Milk and Vinegar – or use regular milk plus vinegar. Used for moisture and the vinegar is used to help activate the baking soda for rising. (If you use Almond Milk in the cake it’s vegan!)
  • Canola Oil – hello more moisture and texture.
  • Granulated Sugar – for sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour – for the structure of the cake.
  • Cocoa Powder – sifted. Hello, people, it’s a chocolate cake! It needs Cocoa Powder.
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder – these are our leavening agents!
  • Salt – just a pinch!

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • Softened Butter – I usually use salted butter!
  • Cocoa Powder – sifted. More chocolate, I know. YUM!
  • Powdered Sugar – to sweeten and give structure.
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor.
  • Milk – depending on how you like your frosting, you’ll use a different amount of milk. More milk means it will be looser, less milk, and it will be stiff.

For Garnishing

Optional and a little messy but 10000% worth it.

  • Mini Chocolate Chips – feel free to use semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate morsels.

No Eggs?

That’s right! This chocolate cake is not supposed to have any eggs in it, so I did not forget to add that in! NO EGGS IN THE RECIPE 🙂

chocolate cake rounds

How to Make Chocolate Cake

This cake recipe is like all others out there, start with simple ingredients, make the batter, bake. Let it cool. In the meantime, whip some delicious sugary frosting together. Then assemble! For full recipe details, check out the recipe card below!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whip oil and sugar together until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a measuring cup, stir almond milk and vinegar together. Set aside to curdle. In a different bowl, stir all dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. Alternate mixing in wet and dry ingredients to the batter starting and ending with dry.
  3. Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after being inserted. Cool, then remove cakes from warm pans to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

chocolate frosting

Chocolate Frosting

Once the chocolate cakes are pretty much cool, whip up a recipe of my chocolate frosting. Believe it or not, this is the most googled recipe on my site. Everyone loves this chocolate frosting and I don’t blame them! It’s seriously THE best and turns out every time.

Just make sure your butter isn’t melted or too hard. Leave it out a few hours in advance so it’s soft and at room temperature. If your butter is perfect, the frosting will turn out perfect. Also, scrape the bowl well in between mixing! That will ensure you get super smooth and creamy dreamy frosting!

Assemble

Once you have these two elements done, you can begin to get your cake making on! Don’t be scared! It’s really quite easy!

Stack your cakes together with a little frosting in the middle and then frost the entire outside of the cake too. And it doesn’t matter is the outside looks sloppy because you’re going to cover the edges with mini chocolate chips!

My little girl went nuts over the extra chocolate boost! Loves it.frosting cake

Leftover Chocolate Cake

IF you have any leftover chocolate cake, store at room temperature under a cake dome for up to 4 days. 

To make your cake last longer, store in the fridge, covered for up to 1 week.

Make Chocolate Cake Ahead of Time

What else makes this the Best Chocolate Cake Recipe? Both the cake and the chocolate frosting can be made ahead of time!

Frosting. This chocolate frosting will last for one week in the fridge as long as its in an airtight container. If you plan on using it to frost a cake, you’ll want to bring it to room temperature for 3-4 hours first and then whip it for a quick 20 seconds to get it light and fluffy again before using.

Cake. Once the cake rounds cool completely, wrap them well in plastic wrap. Then place layers into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag (this double ensures that the cakes don’t get frostbite. Freeze for up to one month.

To thaw, transfer the cake layers to the fridge, allow them to thaw overnight. Unwrap and assemble your cake!

chocolate cake recipe

9×13 Pan

To bake this Chocolate Cake Recipe in a 9×13 pan, spray glass pan with nonstick cooking spray and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean once inserted. Cover top with frosting and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Chocolate Cupcakes

To bake chocolate cupcakes, line 24 muffin tins with paper liners, fill 2/3 of the way full and bake 15 minutes. Make a slightly stiffer frosting by using less milk. Pipe it on and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

chocolate cake

More Chocolate Cakes to Try!

This vegan cake plus this perfectly creamy and light frosting pairs so perfectly together! Chances are you’ll love my other chocolate cake recipes too.

Print this recipe out, you guys!! It’s a serious keeper!

4.96 from 48 votes

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

The BEST Chocolate Cake Recipe is easy to throw together, uses common everyday ingredients, and tastes amazing! You will never need another recipe again. Guaranteed.
servings 12 servings
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients

for the cake-

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whip oil and sugar together. Stir in vanilla. In a measuring cup, stir almond milk and vinegar together. Set aside to curdle. In a different bowl, stir all dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. Alternate mixing in wet and dry ingredients to the batter starting and ending with dry.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after being inserted. Cool 15 minutes, then remove cakes from warm pans to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • After cakes are cooled, make a batch of chocolate frosting. Be sure to whip it well, scrape the sides well and use room temperature butter.
  • To assemble, stack baked cakes one on top of the other, filling with frosting. Using remaining frosting, cover the entire outside and top of the cake. Cover the edges with mini chocolate chips and serve.

Notes

9x13 Pan. To bake in 9x13 pan, spray glass pan with nonstick cooking spray and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean once inserted.
Chocolate Cupcakes. To bake cupcakes, line 24 muffin tins with paper liners, fill 2/3 of the way full, and bake 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 757kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 88g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cake, chocolate cake recipe

 

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  2. B. Alicea-Mulero

    5 stars
    Definitely best chocolate cake ever!!! Vegan is a plus 😁. Made it as a birthday cake for my daughter. Use coconut milk instead of almond. Simply perfect!

  3. MasterRusk

    5 stars
    Made this for a birthday. Easy to make, delicious moist cake, easy to work with icing. Made a great impression when the cake was cut and the layers revealed. A hit all around.

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  5. Alex

    5 stars
    This is by far my favorite chocolate cake recipe. I’m not vegan/vegetarian but I prefer this recipe just because it’s so good and so easy! I make it all the time for family and they love it as well.

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  8. Janice Zelnock

    5 stars
    Best ever non-dairy cake!
    I never post reviews for recipes, but could not resist commenting on this cake. I have a casein intolerance and cannot have milk without getting sick. There is no magic pill to stop casein allergies. I just need to avoid milk, which is very difficult since it is in every conceivable food, even dried fruit bars. Many ‘healthy’ snacks contain milk proteins (ie: casein) and I cannot have them. Since cakes always contain milk, I figured I would never eat cake again. I made this cake yesterday for myself (I have a BD today). Not only is it milk-free, it is hands down the BEST chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. Thank you so, so much for posting this. Now I can have occasionally have some cake and not get sick. Lauren, you are the best!!!

  9. Janice Zelnock

    5 stars
    Best ever non-dairy cake!
    I never post reviews for recipes, but could not resist commenting on this cake. I have a casein intolerance and cannot have milk without getting sick. I made this cake yesterday. Not only is it milk-free, it is hands down the BEST chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. Thank you so, so much for posting this. Now I can have occasionally have some cake and not get sick. Lauren, you are the best!!!

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  11. Amanda Noda

    5 stars
    My new go to recipe. Our friends loved it too. I added a layer of crushed up mint Oreos in the middle. Cake was very moist. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Katie

    5 stars
    This is the best chocolate cake recipe! I used this recipe to make my son a black forest cake for his 10th birthday and it is amazing! The best! We are gluten free so I used cup 4 cup flour and added an egg because I’ve never made a cake without them and was nervous how it would turn out without at least one. I usually make the cake recipe on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa powder box because I know it will work perfectly with the gluten free flour, but it is never dense enough, it turns out more like a boxed cupcake mix, which isn’t great for stacking and decorating. This is my new go to recipe, with an egg of course. I’m so glad to have found your blog!

  13. Barb Andrews

    5 stars
    I’ve left this comment before, but this is the best chocolate cake recipe ever!! (And I’d never tell my vegan sister I made a vegan cake!). I’ve made it for several special occasions and it never fails to impress. Love it!

  14. Simone

    5 stars
    I tried it with the idea of mini cupcakes because I was having a lazy day and didn’t want to go out to get the items for icing. I was a little worried about the no eggs but they came out awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  16. Paloma

    Terrible. Recipe did not say how much of each ingredient to put in. Or how long to bake it. And when I baked it, it didn’t rise. Had a burnt flavor. Never using this recipe again. And even if it was my fault. Like if I lift it in the oven to long, or if I didn’t put enough of an ingredient, technically it was her fault. She didn’t tell me how much to put in, or for how long you should leave it in the oven. I hate it.

  17. Glenna

    5 stars
    I made this for my friend that’s lactose intolerant and it’s so delicious. I used dark chocolate cocoa. Oh my – pure deliciousness. I’m saving this recipe and will make it again.

  18. Brittney Watson

    making this cake today for Thanksgiving to go along with your black forest cake recipe! I did a practice round the other day, the mixture was super liquidy but i went with it. i only have one cake pan so the first one baked for about 15 minutes longer than suggested here, but i found out that just bc your preheat beep goes off doesnt mean the oven is actually that temp yet (get an oven thermometer). so back to the liquidy mixture. It baked perfect! it came out spongy and light. . I poured more mixture into the cake tin and baked it again, this was i baked to the time suggested and it was even better! This is what made me think the oven wasn’t hot enough for the first cake. I was super nervous because i thought cake batter was supposed to be a bit thicker but this really did come out well!

  19. Saumya

    5 stars
    Just made this with the black forest cake, and the cake was so good I almost ate it all straight! This is honestly the best chocolate cake recipe I have used!

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