oh-so-easy chocolate cake


This has got to be the easiest cake ever.  In fact so effortless I’ve refrained from posting about it – quite frankly – because it felt like cheating.  But if I’m honest it’s been the base of zillions of cupcakes, countless birthday cakes and even a couple of weddings!  Aieeyah – the secrets out.  It really is as easy as dry ingredients, meet wet – and as they say, the rest is history.


At its simplest it can be baked in a sheet pan with a quick glaze and cut into squares for that forgotten last minute bake sale.  Works equally well for quickie kids birthday cupcakes, multicoloured nonpareils are a childs best friend don’t you know! That said however,  as the batter is in fact a liquid, filling cupcakes pans can be slightly more time consuming – though I’ve found one of these comes in pretty handy.  And at it best, it can be dressed up to the nines, as I’m doing today, in a gorgeous layer cake, filled and topped with decadent ganache!

Apologies if this has been your go-to cake forever (it has been mine) but if you’re new to all this, add this to your repertoire.  Its dark, moist, surprisingly choclately, light but almost fudgy and obviously straightforward and functional.  Definitely one for your arsenal!

‘nuff said.


Oh-So-Easy Chocolate Cake

a.k.a Hersheys Chocolate cake

This recipe makes one batch – ie. 2 X 9″ round cake pans or approx 24 large cupcakes –                     I doubled the recipe to fill 4 X 10″ round cake pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa – I usually use Hersheys, but have also used Cadburys and even Valrhona!
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F – Prepare 2 X 10″ inch round baking pans w/ grease proof paper.


  • Sift the dry ingredients, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, into a bowl and set aside.  Mix wet ingredients, milk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract, together.


  • Pour wet ingredients onto onto dry and mix on medium speed in stand mixer for 2 minutes.  Put the kettle on.  Add one cup of boiling water and stir to incorporate.

oh-so-easy chocolate cake - mixing

  • Pour into prepared cake pans and bake for approx. 30 to 35 mins (thirty to thirty five)


  • Cakes should be well risen and a cake tester should come out clean.
  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack.





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13 thoughts on “oh-so-easy chocolate cake

  1. Hi, if you cook these as cupcakes, can you leave them out and ice the following day, or will they keep longer if you ice them the same day? (I’m doing wedding cupcakes for a friend. I’m planning to make all the cupcakes the day before but unsure whether they’ll dry out if I don’t ice them the same day?)

    • Hey! they’ll be fine overnight – these cupcakes are extremely moist and don’t dry out – unfrosted means they don’t have to be refrigerated frosted means they probably do – you’ll want to put them in the fridge for a bit after they’re frosted so it sets before transporting 👍🏻
      Also for cupcakes don’t use wrappers that are too heavy/thick as they can peel away the next day with this recipe! regular wilton ones are fine – good luck!! ☺️

  2. Franca on said:

    Can I substitute butter for the vegetable oil in this recipe, if so, what would the quantity be.
    Also, I’m planning to make cupcakes from this recipe, how long should I bake them fir?

  3. Stewart Clark on said:

    Just been catching a few of your blogs, and I love them! Can you please give an indication of cooking time for these as cupcakes?

  4. This is such a gorgeous looking cake, love it!

  5. Bette on said:

    Do you use Dutch-processed or American cocoa?

  6. You always make the most gorgeous looking cakes!!! Are those malt balls? Sprinkles? Someday, when I get married and am looking for wedding cakes, I’m gonna look you up…

    • haha – you think it would survive the 8000 mile trip?? I used white chocolate maltesers (hard to come by!!) and valrhona pearls – yumm!!

      • Why am I so obsessed with your blog? Idk but I thought about it today and looked you up and here I am…letting you know that if you ever feel like posting again, I will uber-happily read it!!! Happy New Year!

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