Easy Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Cake recipe is super easy to put together, moist and delicious! It’s almost as easy as a box mix cake, but tastier!

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake recipe

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake

If there’s one thing I love about this blog, it’s getting to play around with new recipes and share them with you. It can be so hard to find just the right cake and it’s always my goal to give you that. For me, that often begins with having the right base cakes – meaning a wonderful vanilla and chocolate cake (or cupcake, cheesecake, etc). One of my goals over the next few weeks is to provide you with the best of the best as far as basics are concerned. Today we are starting with chocolate cake!

You may or may not have already tried my Best Chocolate Cake. I still get major heart eyes for that cake. Love it! But I’m not one to be satisfied with just one version of a classic. I like options. Plus, not everyone has the same idea of the “perfect” cake, so variety is good.

And when you bake as much as I do, every so often I decide it’s time for something new. Problem is, when you already have an amazing chocolate cake, how do you make the best even better?

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An Easy, Classic Chocolate Sheet Cake

Well since the other version is a slow bake cake that bakes at 300 degrees and that can sometimes throw people off, not to mention it takes longer to bake, I decided to make a version that bakes at the usual 350. I wanted to be sure it was just as tasty though! Surprisingly, that wasn’t as easy of a task as I’d expected.

There was a fair amount of experimenting, but the big thing was decreasing some of the liquid so allow for a quicker baking cake. I played around with decreasing the milk, oil and water. They all have similar effects on the cake, but produce slightly different results. I primarily went back and forth on the oil and milk. I ended up with a little more milk than oil. Oil adds great moisture to the cake, but too much makes it a bit of a firmer cake. Reducing it a touch and leaving more milk makes it a little lighter and softer. The final result is perfect and so delicious!

The Best Chocolate Frosting for Chocolate Cake

The frosting on top is also to die for! It’s my usual chocolate frosting, but this time I beat it for a few minutes to incorporate more air and have more of a whipped frosting. It lightens in color and gets fluffier. It’s just as chocolatey, but the whipped, light texture goes perfectly with the moist cake.

I really am in love with this cake! It’s a nice change from the slow-bake version if you’re looking for something easy and quick to throw together. The other one will always remain the MOISTEST cake ever (like seriously, it’s nutty), but this cake truly is moist and tender and SO good! And the 9×13 cake size is classic and easy to transport so you can have chocolate cake all day, err-y day. 🙂 You’re welcome.

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Recipe

Easy Moist Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 Servings
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This chocolate cake recipe is super easy to put together, moist and delicious! It’s almost as easy as a box mix, but even tastier.


Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 1 3/4 cups (228g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup (112g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 3 cups (345g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (57g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 45 tbsp (60-75ml) water or milk
  • Sprinkles, optional

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a 9×13 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray.
2. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 29-32 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool.
8. To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
9. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
10. Add the vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of water or milk and mix until smooth.
11. Add remaining powdered sugar and cocoa and mix until smooth.
12. Add remaining water or milk as needed and mix until smooth, keeping an eye on the consistency of the frosting so it doesn’t get too thin.
13. Beat frosting on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until it has lightened in color and gotten fluffy.
14. Spread frosting evenly onto the cake. Top with sprinkles, if desired.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 430
  • Sugar: 47.2 g
  • Sodium: 421.6 mg
  • Fat: 19.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 27.3 mg

Keywords: easy chocolate cake recipe, best chocolate cake recipe, chocolate sheet cake, birthday cake recipe, chocolate frosting

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356 Comments
      1. Kim

        Thank you for the reply! One more question – do I need to remove the cake from the baking tray after it cools or can I let it cool in the tray, put the icing on and serve it like that?

  1. The best cake ever!

    I have made this cake twice so far I’m about to make it for the third time, it is so easy and moist it has alway been a favorite of my fam, thank you for sharing this recipe with me this is my go to baking site!

  2. Courtney

    I have made this cake many times and it is always a hit! I was wondering how would you adjust the baking time for cupcakes instead? I want to make them for my son’s birthday and he wants cupcakes.

  3. Zoe Davies

    A friend made this cake for my Daughter’s birthday, it was amazing. However as a uk baker I am very nervous of the ‘hot water’! How hot should it be? Tepid like for bread? Nearly boiling like for hot water pastry? Or more like a cup of coffee? Thank you😊

  4. Susie Hape

    Love Love love this recipe. So easy to make with simple ingredients. Nothing flashy about this recipe but for me it works. This is the best chocolate recipe I’ve ever made. Its so tasty & moist, I get so many compliments about it when I make it. This is the only chocolate recipe I need.
    Thank you to the author/baker for sharing.

  5. Isabel Lamas

    I didn’t do the frosting so no idea how it tastes, but I used the cake recipe for a bundt, threw some mini chocolate chips in there, and sprinkled it with powdered sugar and it was DELISH! Super moist and the perfect level of richness without being overwhelming. We (mostly me) ate it in 3 days, and it was so easy to make I can’t wait to use this recipe again!

  6. Jillian

    Not sure about the icing. Tastes greasy almost. I wish I had omitted the shortening and just used all butter 😫

  7. Sanjee

    Hi there, wondering if this cake would hold up to tiering? Looking to make a 2 tier with chocolate on the bottom. Thanks!

    1. Jenni

      I did this as two tiers with an ermine frosting and it worked really well. Flipped the top layer upside down to get a nice flat top. No sliding or sinking in the middle despite fondant decorations on top.

  8. Nafiza

    Just made this cake! Followed it exactly, needed an extra 5-10 mins cooking due to having a small cake tin, but woaw!! So moist, fluffy and flavourful. Thank you!!

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