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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You might also like these chocolate cake recipes:

German Chocolate Cake
Nutella Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Poke Cake
Best Chocolate Cake
Death By Chocolate Icebox Cake
Mint Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

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Easy Moist Chocolate Cake with bite taken out

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


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.



  • 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


  • 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


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.


  • 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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  1. Alima

    I added too much baking soda so I had to do triple the recipe. But my batter turned out to watery after adding the hot water ????

    1. Lindsay

      Which chocolate fudge cake are you referring to? There are a good number of chocolate cakes on here, but I don’t recall a fudge one.

      1. Lindsay

        That should be fine. You’d likely want to cut the recipe in half though so it isn’t too thick.

  2. Lindsay

    From one Lindsay to another, thank you for easy to make recipies! Some cake and frosting recipes just get to complicated. These were very easy to follow and make. I have paired your moist vanilla cake recipe with the chocolate frosting from your moist chocolate cake recipe. The frosting is so good! Just waiting for the cake to bake. Can’t wait to try them together! Thanks again! 

  3. Gul

    Awesome recipe i tried it for the first time the cake came out so moist n soft loved it i am keeping this recipe for ever 🙂

  4. Janine

    Very moist indeed the best chocolate cake i ever did, i got lots of positive feedback, i will be deleting every other chocolate recipe i have 🙂

    1. Akbar

      I soooo love your recipes! Keen to try this one as well. But i am wanting to make 2 of 8×8 square pans. Can you guide me how much should i increase the ingredients by to make 2 pans? And also how the bake time will change. Thank you

      1. Lindsay

        I’m guessing you’d want about 2/3 of the recipe for an 8×8 pan, so you’d probably want to increase it by 1/3. Not sure on the bake time, since I haven’t made a cake that size.

      1. Julie

        I would like to make round cakes too, when you say cut in half do you mean halve ingredients? would original recipe amounts be ok for 2 8in sandwich tins?
        Thank you

      2. Lindsay

        If you’d like one 8 inch layer of cake, cutting the ingredients in half is best. For two 8 inch cakes (like a layer cake), you wouldn’t want to cut the ingredients in half. Just bake in two pans. Not entirely sure of the bake time, but probably around 30 minutes, give or take.

    1. Anna

      How long do you have to bake for three 9 inch pans? 
      I have tried  this recipe before, and it tasted awsome, but I wanted to know how long you have to bake for three  9 inch pans.
      Thank you

      1. miki

        thanks for the awesome recipe! Baked it for my company event and everyone loves it! Thanksss!

  5. Hema

    I made one cake and had some leftover so made two small trays too. The cake was absolutely delicious and will definitely make it again. However we now have the “unfortunate” problem of having more cake than we can eat, is it possible to freeze the cake? Thanks

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