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Chocolate Cake


Baking an easy dessert like this chocolate cake can be almost as thrilling for a birthday girl or boy as blowing out the candles.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring 2005
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Cook's Notes

Tools and materials: two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans, parchment paper, flour sifter, electric mixer and bowl, rubber spatula, long serrated knife.

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  • marsharams7494670
    6 SEP, 2017
    I used 1 1/2 Cups of hot coffee with 1/2 tsp. espresso powder instead of water. Cake was delicious and satisfying. Served with whipped cream and cherries in heavy sauce. Excellent
  • cakengiftsini
    1 JUN, 2017
    This cake is loved very much by my w[filtered] family So we make this cake twice or thrice in a month. We want to give thinks to you by heart for giving such superb recipe. Another cake that they like is given on the site :
  • candacestutz
    4 MAR, 2017
    This chocolate cake was super-easy and super-delicious. Very moist, my w[filtered] family loved it!
  • amalelivenl
    8 JAN, 2017
    How and how long can I store it?
  • ramonaorvishot
    8 FEB, 2016
    Substitution friendly!!! So I didn't change much but we don't do milk, so I used what we had ... Hemp milk with apple cider vinegar. I would say you could get away with 1 cup less of sugar, but not overly sweet. I made 1 x 10" spring-form cake and baked for 50 min and 12 standard cupcakes with the remained and baked for 25 min. Great recipe. This is our go to now for birthday cakes. Thanks so much!!
  • janelnelliebel
    30 DEC, 2015
    This recipe reminds me of my Grandma's...especially the use of the buttermilk! I can't wait to try it and see if it reminds me of her :). Thanks!
  • mmclam2
    27 DEC, 2015
    Before anyone makes this cake: This recipe is double the ingredients of the One Bowl Chocolate Cake, which fits into 2 eight-inch cake pans. So, consider that when picking pans for this cake. I made a 9 x 13 cake along with two small loaf cakes (mini-loaf bread pans) for my office. Easier for some people to take a slice of cake on the road instead of a piece of cake and a fork). This cake is now my go-to Chocolate Cake. Moist. Great chocolate flavor. Fabulous!
  • dotcomtmgmail
    14 NOV, 2015
    PLEASE READ!! My oven is a disaster, put this into 3 pans not two!!!!
  • MS10447853
    7 OCT, 2015
    Hi there! I'm making a 'skate board's cake and would like to use this recipe for the cake being used. However, I need to bake it in standard sized bread pans. Does anyone know what the time and temp for cooking would be? Hope everyone's day is going well!
  • cocoandsunshine
    4 SEP, 2015
    I am about to make this delicious look cake! I will come back with another comment with my feedback :) The only thing I am disagreeing so far with this recipe is that it doesn't say how many pans to use! It just says "pans", so if this was your first time making a layered cake or first time cooking it would be confusing! Also if a child tried making it it might confuse them. But thats all for now! PEACE OUT! I am going to make this cake and eat it

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