The Best Ever Chocolate Cake – this is a big call, but I can guarantee you will LOVE this chocolate cake. It is so easy to make but creates the most beautiful luxurious chocolate cake that suits any occasion.
When I first started my blog I put up my two favourite chocolate cake recipes, but because they were my very first few posts ever, I thought it was time to update them with new images and some easier to read formatting!
Three years later this is still one of my very favourite cakes. In fact we love it so much we normally make it double this size and either make two cakes or bake it in our roasting pan so that we can freeze half for another day.
Do you line your tins when you are baking? I tend to mainly use cooking spray, as most of my tins are non stick, however if I am ever in any doubt I will at least line the bottom with baking paper and spray this and the sides of the tin.
Allowing your cakes to sit until they are quite cool before you turn them onto a wire rack will also help.
You will see the ingredients are so very simple, yet together make it like heaven on a cake stand! Yes it has lots of sugar, yes it has lots of cocoa, but this is what makes it so very special!!
This and my Easy Rich Chocolate Cake are my go to for birthday cakes. The Easy Rich Chocolate cake is the one I use if I need to cut, shape or design the cake as it is a bit sturdier and heavier.
The cake is so delicious rich and moist that it is quite delicate after first baking. That being said if you allow it to completely chill overnight or use two cakes to create a tall masterpiece then you can easily make stunning creations with this one too. It gets better over time too!
Today I have iced this with my basic chocolate icing, you can be as creative here as you like! This cake is beautiful with a chocolate ganache, buttercream or even use it as a base for a fondant cake.
As you can see from my video it is super simple to make simply adding together the wet and dry ingredients. It does make a very wet mixture so definitely expect that.
Try it as cupcakes, baking for around 20 minutes and you will have some of the best chocolate cupcakes ever!
And now onto the recipe, you will LOVE it!
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So it is as simple as that. I hope you enjoy this and many more recipes I have up on my blog.
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Emmajade Nathan says
This is my “go to, never fail” cake that everyone enjoys. I double the recipe and put into a roasting dish. Thanks for sharing
You can use irish moss in gel form as an egg substitute.
I just thought this cake was so horrible, the texture was rubbery, the cake was flat, it was over cooked even at 30 mins and tasted bland. Hated it actually
Oh wow, it sounds like something definitely went wrong as this particular recipe has been viewed over a million times and is much loved across the world. Feel free to email me or message me on social media so we can see what was missed in the making.
Varsha Robert says
I am egg free. What can I use to instead of egg. Thanks
I would look into suitable substitutions online for baking. I have not tested any sorry.
Hi how much longer did it take- I’ve doubled n it’s still not cooked after 1 hour 30 mins . Am a bit worried now
I would suggest something has gone wrong if it is not cooked after such a long time in the oven. What size pan did you use?
The cake was delicious! and everyone that ate it loved it. Totally recommend.
I think we all have one of those tins and cannot remember which one leaks, lol – I made for my son’s birthday cake but quadrupled the recipe, it was an absolute hit, because I had enough mixture for the big birthday cake and for cake for the adults, used caramel in the centre and fresh cream on top – to die for :):)
Vivienne Mitchell says
A bit confused on the cake tin size. All the pictures you have are round tins but your recipe says 25×25 which I take to mean square? I have 23cm round tin.
Either would be fine, I often use a round cake tin. 23cm would be lovely and will rise nice and high, may take a little longer to cook the smaller the tin.
A beautiful cake. I used to make something like this many moons ago and have been searching for an easy tasty moorish cake. Thanks for sharing ??
Can I ask, is the oven setting bake or fan bake? If bake, I presume I set my fan bake to 140c?
I have not baked this one using fan bake, but yes usually you reduce the oven temp by 20 Degrees C
THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE I HAVE EVER MADE! My goodness, i just had a piece just now with my cuppa and my god i surprised myself which never happens LOL i tweaked the recipe a little, i used 1cup and 2/4 of sugar ( i will continue to reduce the sugar for preference) instead of canola oil, i used extra light olive oil. In total, it was baked for 50mins. I believe this is due to the tin i used, thanks to the note you added because i kept checking after 30mins of baking. Its such a big cake, but half of it is gone hahaha.
May i ask, do you have a recipe of cakes thats low of sugar or sugar free pls? I am tempted to buy those packaged ones at the supermarket, but thought i would ask you.
I do not have any specific low sugar cake recipes sorry, but I am so pleased you enjoyed this one and good luck with the recipe tweaking!
Ieli Erasito says
Thank you for the recipe. Its the best chocolate cake I ever made and it’s so easy too.
Danielle Cust says
Was absolutely delicious. I also added a couple of bananas and it turned out amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this ❤
Didn’t last long in our house!!
Omg omg this is the best and easiest chocolate cake I have ever made and eaten. I never post but this deserves it will be definitely making it again. Thank you Anna
Awesome! So pleased you like it.
I love this recipe. It’s so easy and you don’t need an electric mixer or anything! I double the recipe and cooked in my roasting pan which only took 40mins! The addition of oil keeps the cake very moist, a super hit with everyone who has tried it. Thanks ?
We’ve been using this recipe for years now. It’s the offical birthday cake. Even our son has been turning it out solo from about age 11. We use an 18cm square tin which results in a tall cake that’s easy to portion (cook time about 50 mins). Occasionally since we’ve tried recipes with expensive melted chocolate and they are always disappointing compared to ‘best ever chocolate cake’. Thanks!
Leana Windley says
Just wondering do I need to double the recipe for a 33x22cm oblong cake dish? Wanting to make birthday cake. Thank you
Sorry for the delay in seeing your message but yes, I would double it for that size dish. If I ever have batter left over I make a few little muffins!
Cecily Sanford says
I have been making Chocolate cakes for decades. This is the best! I made 2 cakes and layered with a melted chocolate , cream filling and I made extra icing by adding melted butter with chocolate, put in fridge and whipped in cream cheese, vanilla and a little icing sugar. The cake is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Natasha Dasyam says
Can I freeze these? How long will they keep if I don’t freeze them? I have my sons birthday party and will use this recipe for cupcakes 🙂
debra marie dohse says
could i use less cocoa powder like 1/2cup ora1/3 cup because that is so dark
You’re welcome to make changes to any of my recipes but with baking being a science what makes this recipe so wonderful is the ingredients as is. I have other chocolate cakes with different ingredients.
June keesing says
I make your chocolate cake all the time. I love it, my children love it, my children’s children love it.
Waiting for the next generation. Unfortunately for you, I think my family will always remember it as Nanas best chocolate cake. Sorry.
All the best of everything for 2021 to you and your family❤️
I love that they’ll remember it that way! That’s how it should be
Linda Hough says
This is the best chocolate cake I have ever made. It is so moisr and it has a rich dark colour. Frezzes beautifully.
I make this fantastic cake fairly regularly and substitute gluten free flour for regular flour. I also use duck eggs instead of hens eggs which is supposed to help with gluten free cooking. I also use coconut milk instead of cows milk. Turns out great. I cut it into slices and freeze and then just take out a slice whenever I crave some. Only takes about 30 mins to defrost.
BillieJean Simon says
Cool same amount of oil or different measurements. I love your cakes. Ive also used you carrot and pineapple cake recipe to see if I could pull it off before I add it to my menu 🙂 thank you so much for providing the good. Everyone loves your chocolate cake recipe and my mum and partner loved the carrots cake. I made a 6 inch and 12 cupcakes out of it 😉 was lovely ?
That’s so lovely to hear. Same quantities of melted butter to oil.
Billie Simon says
I love this recipe. I use it for both cakes and cupcakes. Question. Could I use this for vanilla cake removing the cocoa. I like how this cake is nice moist and runny. I dont like using butter in my cakes
I’ve not tried it with vanilla sorry, I would use a specific vanilla cake such as my wonder cake and replace the butter with oil.
Terri Rawleigh says
Can you use a 9×13 pan to make this cake?
Hi how much butter would you use if you would substitute the oil with butter instead? I haven’t enough oil!
The same ml quantities as if you used melted butter.
Nicole Cheek says
Great thank you.
Nicole Cheek says
First of i would like to say that this is the best chocolate cake i have made, it is my go to for birthday cakes and everyone always asks for the recipe.
I have my daughters birthday coming up in a few weeks but we are going to be away for four days prior to it, i was wondering if you have ever frozen it before and if so how was it after defrosting?
It freezes beautifully. I often do it. Allow it to cool completely then wrap well in plastic wrap and either an airtight container or foil. Then get it out the night before you wish to ice it and thaw it on the bench.
The best chocolat cake I’ve ever made. Easy and delicious!
Great recipe, cake was super easy and delicious. I want to make a large cake (34 x 23 cm tin or maybe bigger) for my toddler’s birthday. How would you go about doubling the recipe? Just double everything?
Yes, this recipe was originally doubled and I would bake it in my roasting dish and would bake for 50 minutes to an hour.
Veronica Ray says
I was looking for a chocolate cake that tasted like chocolate cake, not just look chocolate. I have been disappointed many times, but this cake is delicious. Very moist and rich, but not too rich, and you can taste chocolate. My first attempt I’m thinking ‘oh have I mixed this correctly it’s very runny’. But I carried on and was delightfully surprised . Will definitely make this again and keep this recipe safe. Thankyou
Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it for many years to come
I’ve only recently got back into baking and tried this cake. For such a novice, it came out great! I made a ganache and put it through the middle and over the cake. It was lovely. Mine took an hour in the oven. Next one to perfect is a lovely moist ginger cake.
Tania Bell says
This is the best ever chocolate cake I have ever made. I usually make this into cup cakes especially when it comes to shared lunch at school. They get more moist as they get older i’m guessing because of the oil and as cupcakes there is enough for the whole class. It is the easiest recipe I have ever made. And if your worried about getting sick of the same thing all the time as cupcakes I just use different icing on them. Chocolate goes great with so many different flavors.
Hi Anna, can I stack two of these please? Am wanting to make it tomorrow for Fathers Day (sorry for the late comment).
Yes can definitely stack them. Make sure they are completely cold first.
Hi, this cake looks fab but which kind of cocoa do you use? I dont have regular unsweetened and only have Dutch processed? Would this kind work in your recipe or would the rising agents need adjusted? Thanks…
From what I understand you should replace the baking aids in a recipe with baking powder when using Dutch processed cocoa powder. I use regular unsweetened cocoa in my recipes.
This is the greatest cake I have ever eaten!! I am 12 and I love making stuff for my family and this was just perfect!
That’s awesome Kate! Look forward to hearing what you bake next
Rachna Nadgir says
The best cake ever!!! I want to make it for a friend who doesn’t eat eggs what could I swap the eggs for.
I haven’t worked with egg substitutes but there are lots of suggestions online. Search up egg substitutes in cakes.
Hello! Im excited to try this! Do you use salted or unsalted butter?
I use salted mostly as it’s what I have on hand. Either is fine
Made this for my son’s first birthday. I did two cakes and made it into a layer cake which was massive and turned out great! I felt it wasn’t quite stable/tall enough to attempt layering a single cake, but might be ifyou did it in a 20cm round instead of 25. Do you cook using fan bake or just bake? I read that cooking on bake reduces the dome for layering, but requires a temperature adjustment so wasn’t sure which mode your 160C instruction was for? Very moist and delicious cake, everyone loved it!
160C standard bake, I never bake using fan bake. It is a very moist cake, it will take longer to cook a 20cm cake but otherwise that’s lovely. You’ll want it to be completely cold before trying to slice it to layer it, usually the next day. Being such a moist cake it can be tricky. If I want to sculpt or layer a cake I often use my Easy Rich Chocolate cake.
I’m 14 as well and I also love baking!! I haven’t really tried chocolate cakes yet though, I have attempted brownies… But the recipe looks so straightforward with some rave reviews that I’m waiting to try it!! Thanks so much 😀
Amanda Diehl says
Hello, can this cake be made gluten free? I need to make a gluten free birthday cake. Do I just swap out the flour of GF flour or do I need to adjust the liquid to compensate for the GF flour? Many thanks
I’ve not tested it sorry. I would look into some recipes online or test it and let me know. The key is to keep it moist.
Just made this today for my husband’s birthday cake – such an easy to make cake. It did take a little longer than 30 mins to cook – approx 45 mins.
So yummy – iced and decorated with M & M’s.
Will now be my ‘go to’ recipe for chocolate cake ❤️❤️❤️
Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it ☺️
Absolutely love this cake! The flavour and texture are superior to any other chocolate cake I’ve made,and I’ve made plenty! I do have one problem though, I’ve made this 5-6 times now, and half of those times I’ve had to bake it a LOT longer than the recipe calls for to get it baked through. I’ve used the same oven shelf, same cake tin, same temp, everything the same, and so I can’t work out what might be happening?? It wouldn’t bother me except it makes the edges go a little dry when it’s in there for 1.5 hours! But sometimes it’s the only way I can get it baked in the centre!
Thanks for the delicious recipe, will definitely be checking out other recipes on your site!
Hi, hmmm that does sound odd that sometimes it cooks well and others takes longer. I’m not sure sorry, could the elements in your oven be playing up?
Marlene Melani says
The best and easiest recipe! So moist and intense chocolate flavor! I used non fat milk as that’s all I use! Have you tried making cupcakes, if so, about how long is the baking time? Thanks!
I definitely have used it for cupcakes, see this recipe https://justamumnz.com/2018/08/15/best-ever-chocolate-cupcakes/
Ive been looking for a great choc cake recipe for ages. This is it. So quick and easy. Followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out perfectly. Thankyou.
Great feedback! Enjoy
Hi. Just wondering since lockdown no shops are open if so they run out of pans or cake pans is it possible to use bread loaf pan? Thank you
Hi, yes or it makes lovely muffins too! You may just need to halve the recipe or use two pans. Many shops are selling online too if you need something.
Thanks for that recipe!! my mum’s birthday yesterday everybody loved the cake. I am an 12 year old boy and I love baking this was the best recipe yet
That’s awesome! Keep up the good work ☺️
Cathy Cottle says
Without doubt one of the best chocolate cake recipes I’ve used so far! So so easy and so so tasty too! Two thumbs up from both kids. ????
Great to hear ☺️
Thereasa Powell says
Honestly best cake I’ve ever made for a chocolate one it’s so rich and yum better than those store brought ones. Today I’m turning one into a birthday cake toothless off my train my dragon for my step son. Wish I could share finishing pic! Thank you for sharing
mubshra sattar says
This is indeed THE BEST EVER CHOCOLATE CAKE. made last night and it turned out great. I made it for my ice cream cake. The final product was awesome. Thank you for your lovely recipes. ?
My pleasure ☺️
With the lockdown I only have self rasing flour. Can I use this? Would I need to make any changes due to it?
Take out the baking powder measure and use the self raising flour in place of the flour. Let me know how it goes ☺️
Made this cake yesterday for my daughter’s 10th birthday. Was enjoyed by all…definitely a keeper.
That’s great to hear! Happy Birthday to your daughter ☺️
Question does it have a cocoa aftertaste ?? Last time I made a homemade cake with cocoa powder everyone liked it except they said it was a little more cocoa tasting than an actual choc taste ?? Thank u for any input u have
Hmmm not that anyone’s mentioned. It’s incredibly moist and tasty. Let me know once you’ve tried it. ☺️
Thank you so much Anna. Best recipe ever. Very easy to follow and great result. Thanks.
So glad to hear it
It’s my boyfriend’s birthday today so I made it for him! He lovessss it! Just a quick question though- what is the cup of boiling water for? 🙂
You add it to the batter at the end before you pour it into the tin to bake. ☺️
Do you think i can add some fresh strawberries on top? Or is that problematic as you recommend to store it in an air tight container rather than fridge it?
Thank you ☺️
Feel free to store it in the fridge if you prefer.
Rachel Corser says
Will this work in a 20x20cm cake tin??
It will but it may rise quite high and may take a little longer to cook. Keep an eye on it. ☺️
In lockdown in Christchurch and we made this for a sweet treat. Really funny mixture but absolutely amazing. We shall call it lockdown choc cake. Thank you so much.
It is runny to start with, so glad you enjoyed it
Sonya Haiosi says
Thanks for the recipe!! Was absolutely delicious and everybody loved it ?
Awesome! I’m so pleased ☺️
Just made this cake tonight on the 1st night of lockdown and O.M.G. The first ever cake I have followed with the recipe litterally turning out to be the bestest cake I have ever tried. Everytime I have followed a recipe it never turns out how its spose to. This cake was so delicious. It’s not rich where you get that sickly feeling and it is just perfect! And Im not a chocolate cake fan, I love the carrot cakes and vanilla cakes and banana cakes so was really iffy on giving this one a try but thought I would treat the hubby and kids. The cake was litterally melt in your mouth material ( I would say moist ). Super Easy Instructions and basically all the basic ingrediants for a cake. Thankyou for the recipe. The title definately lives up to the name of the Best Ever Chocolate Cake. I don’t normally give reviews too unless I think they deserve it. And this cake definately deserved it.
Oh that’s such wonderful feedback! Thank you. I really do like to share recipes that are easy and taste read with simple steps. Stay safe, enjoy the cake ☺️
Morgan French says
I love this cake! It is the best I have ever made. Do you think it would stand up to being a layer cake? Need to make a cake for my sons 1st birthday (eeeeek!)
Hi, Thank you, I agree it is a wonderful cake! You can layer it, but personally I prefer to use my Easy Rich Chocolate Cake for layering. It is delicious but a little firmer. I used it just this last weekend to make a skate ramp! https://justamumnz.com/2014/01/20/awesome-easy-rich-chocolate-cake/
I’ve just tried making it, and wow! The cake turned out awesome, thank you ^^
I am so pleased! Love this cake too!
This cake is incredible! I used half white sugar and half coconut sugar but apart from that, followed the recipe as you have written. I never write reviews but this is an exception – it was so good! Thank you
That is so lovely to hear Stephanie! I love this recipe too.
Best. Mudcake. Ever.
I made this for my classmates and oh my, it was a crowd pleaser! I’ve been searching and experimenting with recipes for mudcakes and they’ve turned out dry, super dense and dry or have been super complicated and expensive to make, this is by far the best one I’ve found yet, easy, inexpensive and elegant. I’m a supermarket mudcake lover and this is a keeper for personal use as well as an awesome crowd pleaser!! Thanks so much ❤
I baked this cake a few days ago for my sons birthday and it really was the “best ever chocolate cake” I’ve ever made! It went down a treat and everyone raved about it. I baked it the day before and decorated it the next. 3 days later it tastes even better and it is still beautifully moist! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it will definitely be my go to chocolate cake from now on.
Fantastic to hear, I am about to bake it for my son’s birthday which is tomorrow and plan to do exactly as you did, ice and decorate tomorrow!
Bianca Moodley says
This recipe is such a winner! As a person with an extreme sweet tooth I really appreciate that I can inexpensively recreate this fool proof treat from the comfort of my home whenever the cravings strike.
This recipe is by far the best and easiest chocolate cake ever. I had yo make 34 cupcakes for my daughter for school and used this recipe too. I was the hit at school. Everyone that has tried it loves it.
Awesome!!! I love hearing people enjoying this recipe
I made this cake this afternoon, went down a treat! GORGEOUS. My new go to cake recipe! If were to make a two tiered cake would I simply double the ingredients and cook in two tins? PS it won’t let me click 5 stars on my phone but if I could I’d give it 6!
Sandi Monaghan says
Thanks so much for this recipe. It was gorgeous and turned out perfectly.
I recently made this for a family birthday and everyone raved about it! I baked the night before and once removed from pan I wrapped in gladwrap straight away (Yes while HOT! Read this tip somewhere so I nervously gave it a go!) and left on the bench to cool overnight. The cake turned out perfect and was so beautiful and moist. Will be making again for sure!
Also used extra baking powder as I was out of baking soda, with no issues 🙂
Thanks for the great recipe!
That’s great!!! Yes I often wrap my cakes and brownies while still warm so they stay moist. So pleased you enjoyed it ☺️
Easy recipe to a beautiful cake. It has gone down a treat at the kids birthday party.
Was the best cake i have ever made said my dad and brother !! Im so glad to have found this recipe, was so simple and easy to make as a begginer cook , will certainly make this again !!
That’s so lovely to hear! I hope you find most of my recipes are just as easy and delicious.
Kay Ever says
To die for! A recipe for generations to come. Beautiful as is, and beautiful tweaked! Best share on the net! Have you ever thought about making a recipe book of sweets? If your baking tastes this good, I’d love to taste more recipes! A happy Mother of 5 from New Zealand.
Hi Kay, thanks you so much for this amazing feedback ? I have a cake ebook on the blog. Cook book would be amazing one day. I’m a NZ Mum of 3 so it’s all a matter of finding the time ☺️
Oh my, this IS the best chocolate cake ever! I made this for my daughter’s birthday and was rather worried when I put the boiling water in at the end as I thought I’d ruined it. It was so runny. It also took much longer to cook than the recipe suggested – well over an hour – but OMG so worth it. I made a chocolate ganache with orange zest for the topping and this is seriously the best cake ever. And so easy to make. Thanks so much – this is definitely one to keep and use again.
That’s wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it
I love this beautifully moist cake and will definitely make it again. It was so easy to make. Thank you for this recipe!
Only next time I won’t use a springform pan as the batter is quite runny and leaked a bit!
Oh no! Yes one of my tins leaks too but I can never remember which one until it’s too late!
Amazing cake! Baked it for a work colleagues birthday and it was a hit!
Added coconut oil as the oil & it gave it a delicious subtle flavour. Also used self raising flour instead of plain & baking powder as was out of both of these.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! ☺️
I is this normal sugar or castor sugar used.
Normal white sugar.
Really,really greatest receipt,spook moist,I added 3tbsp of coffee granules to water,got that mocca taste,every one raves on the texture,I see my weight will be on the upper,it’s worth it. Thank you for sharing your recipes on line. Bill
Thank you Bill!!! What a great idea to add coffee, enhances the colour and depth of flavour too ☺️ Thank you for your feedback
Katie Gracie says
I slightly tweaked your recipe because I had bananas I needed to use.
So I used butter instead of oil and only 1cup of sugar and 2 bananas instead of eggs. It was so runny i thought i had ruined it.
I wish I had made you cake before I made this. Because even my tweaked version was to die for. It was velvety and moist by far the best cake I have ever made. I’m sorry I didn’t follow your recipe precisely but I can’t thankyou enough for sharing this amazing cake recipe and method. I had to cook it slightly longer (that could be because I have asuper old oven) and I also made a few cupcakes to test too. Honestly worth it.
That’s wonderful to hear!! It is a super runny mixture before it’s cooked. I’m glad the bananas worked well ☺️
This recipe is by far the best and easiest chocolate cake ever. I had yo make 34 cupcakes for my daughter for school and used this recipe too. I was the hit at school. Everyone that has tried it loves it.
This chocolate cake recipe is the best! I made it for my dad’s 80th birthday and everyone enjoyed it. I had to double the mixture so it took a bit longer to cook but turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing such a good recipe.
I’m so pleased it went we for you ?
this is by far the best chocolate cake ive ever made. im 14 years old and love to bake. with this recipe i only used half the amount of water and baked it in a loaf pan for easier slicing. the icing was to die for so i doubled it and spread it all over . thankyou for such a delicious recipe.
That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you enjoyed it ☺️☺️