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Classic Chocolate Cake


Life is so beautiful isn’t it <3 there are so many things to be grateful for. I hope that everyone is having a fantastic summer spending time with loved ones in happiness or even on your own in peace πŸ˜€

And while you can certainly enjoy yourself on your own, having a slice of this bad boy hanging out with you is probably one of the best ways to disturb your peace because there is truly nothing out there that can rock your world like this super moist, super velvety, super decadent and impossibly easy chocolate velvet cake! <3



It has recently dawned on me that while I have a TON of chocolate cake recipes on my blog, all of them are chocolate fudge cakes and not a single good ole classic velvety chocolate cake recipe up! this had to change so I immediately went ahead and made a classic chocolate cake solely for this reason because while I’m a fudgy chocolate person at heart, I know there are many who prefer the simpler more velvety chocolate cakes so to all of those super light and moist velvety peeps, this one is for you <3



As always I went to my never failing, crazy delicious master chocolate cake base recipe and turned it into a super easy basic cake recipe. This master recipe has made a number of appearances before, each being made into a different classic recipe:

  • Buttery chocolate fudge cake: the base recipe that is the most sturdy due to the reverse creaming method technique which gives the most delicious melt in your mouth tender crumb.
  • The king of all fudge cakes: this is the real deal of true fudgyness πŸ˜‰ frosted with a super decadent ganache fudge frosting, this cake is a dream for all tight crumbed yet creamy chocolate cake lovers.
  • Super moist chocolate fudge cake: this is one of my most made go to recipes as it has hot water as well as melted butter so you get the best of both worlds; super moist and dreamy fudge, very chocolatey and so easy to make.
  • Devils food chocolate cakeΒ πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


The frosting I used here is a wonderfully simple yet amazingly delicious milk chocolate frosting. This is one of my favourite frostings for any cake, it uses evaporated milk which makes it extra creamy and is a must try! 😊

I’m so happy with this cake because it’s crazy good, so chocolatey, so delicious and couldn’t be easier to make 😊 you just gotta love the classics right! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Classic Chocolate Cake

Makes an 8 or 9 inch layered cake or about 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes.


  • 1 1/2 cups (190gms) all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (96gms) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (100gms) melted butter
  • 1/3 cup (80mls) oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (300gms) white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125mls) buttermilk or sour cream
  • 1 cup (250mls) boiling water or coffee

Chocolate frosting

  • 1 cup (200gms) softened butter
  • 3/4 – 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Grease and flour cake tins.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornflour, baking powder and baking soda, salt and cocoa powder until very well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, oil and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs one at a time whisking only until just combined. Add in vanilla.
  4. Add in half of the dry mix then the sour cream then the remaining dry mix whisking until just combined. Pour in hot water and stir until combined. Batter will be thin.
  5. Divide batter between cake tins and bake for 25 to 28 minutes until baked through and a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Cool cake in tins for 10 minutes then cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before placing in airtight containers to cool completely.

For the frosting

  1. Whisk butter until paled and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the cocoa powder and beat smooth.
  3. Add in the icing sugar and evaporated milk in alternating batches adding enough milk until a very soft frosting is formed. Add in vanilla and beat well to combine.

Recipe by the dutch baker.

11 thoughts on “Classic Chocolate Cake

  1. This chocolaty cake sounds fantastic.It looks so delicious. You have put up some really beautiful pictures. They make me crave for a chocolate cake. I would love to make for friends and family. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, can I reduce the sugar to 1 cup because it is a little bit too sweet???
    Chocolate is very good but only a little too sweet
    The classic chocolate cake and the super moist fudgy chocolate cake what is the differebt in the texture??
    Thank you for the recipe

    1. Hi Ellen πŸ™‚ thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m so glad you enjoyed this cake. As far as the sugar goes, I’m actually a little surprised that you found it sweet as I thought many would say the cake is a bit on the dark side πŸ™‚ you can reduce the sugar if you like, maybe 1 1/3 or up to 1 1/4 cup but I don’t recommend reducing more. For me, I always use brown sugar in this cake and I find it gives a wonderful balance of sweet.
      About the super moist fudge cake (with peanut butter frosting) is slightly more fluffy (more eggs) and a bit more on the fudge side as the batter is thicker and it uses all butter, less water πŸ˜‰ hope that answers your question? πŸ™‚

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