Chocolate Cake

Perfect Homemade Chocolate Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes to make. It only has a few more ingredients than a box cake and tastes incredible. I can have this in the oven in 15 minutes. This cake is so good because it has a secret ingredient – hot coffee. The coffee does an amazing job of bringing out the flavor of the chocolate. Surprise your family with this easy homemade chocolate cake and they will be impressed! You probably have most of this cakes ingredients in your pantry already.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup hot coffee


Chocolate Cake
Perfect Homemade Chocolate Cake Batter

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2 – Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.

Step 3 – Combine the dry ingredients above and whisk together.

Step 4 – Add eggs, milk, butter or oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Step 5 – Add hot coffee and stir. Batter will be very thin.

Step 6 – Pour batter into pan and pop into the oven.

Step 7 – Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. (my oven is very hot so I check at 26 minutes). Cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 8 – Cool and frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Perfect Homemade Chocolate Cake
Perfect Homemade Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients – if too thick add an additional tbsp of milk until its the right consistency.

Happy Cooking!