Simple Moist

Chocolate Cake


The easiest chocolate cake

This cake recipe is perfect for someone who craves chocolate cake but does not want to use a lot of complicated ingredients. It's simple and easy to make. No mixer is needed!

Why you'll love this recipe

Less sweet  The amount of sugar in this recipe is less compared to other recipes.

You can make it 3 ways  A single-layer cake, double-layer, or even triple-layer cake.

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Frosted with ganache frosting

No elaborate decoration.

No butter  This chocolate cake recipe does not use any butter in the cake or even in the frosting.

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Here's what goes into the chocolate cake.


A few things to note

Natural Cocoa Powder (unsweetened) Use the best quality you can find. 

White Sugar Use caster sugar or superfine granulated sugar as it easily dissolves into the batter.

Vegetable oil canola or any neutral-tasting vegetable oil will work for this recipe.

Baking powder  and baking soda  Make sure it's still active and not past its due date. Expired leavening agents cause cakes not to properly rise.

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Let's make chocolate cake!

Combine dry ingredients


Sift dry ingredients to remove lumps. This will help the powder incorporate well into the wet ingredients.

Combine wet ingredients


Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.

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Combine wet & dry ingredients


Stir wet and ingredients together. Pour freshly boiled water thereafter to bring out the best flavor of the cocoa.

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The batter will be thin. Don't worry. This is expected. The cake will come out moist, yet still sturdy and not crumble.

Pour in baking pans


Make a single-layer cake to keep it simple or double and triple-layer cake for birthdays and special occasions.

Bake at 350 F to 180 C


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

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Meanwhile, let's make the ganache frosting...

Heat the heavy cream


You can do this in the microwave or in a stovetop.

Pour cream to chocolate chips


Cover with a heat-proof plate and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt

Uncover and whisk


Uncover and stir gently at first then gradually whisk it swiftly until smooth and glossy.

Let it cool to thicken.

Frost the cake


Frost the cake using a spatula. Use a turntable if making layered cakes.

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Serve and Enjoy!

Top with grated chocolate bars or chocolate chips

Decorate with fruits like strawberries and blueberries