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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

Rated as 4.3 out of 5 Stars

"You can't miss with this delightful old-fashioned dessert. The cake is moist and chocolaty, and its light, fluffy frosting stirs up in a jiffy. Use vanilla pudding instead of chocolate in the frosting if you wish. -Catherine Dawe, Kent, Ohio"
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Ingredients

55 m servings
Original recipe yields 12 servings

Directions

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  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Beat on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Beat in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note: This cake does not contain eggs.

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WOW....I have serious doubts about this recipe. Would it be flat without eggs- or not rich with two cups of water?? It was amazing. The cake is rich and the texture and taste is superb. Much...

Most helpful critical review

Followed to the letter. Not enough chocolate taste for me, but the texture was good. I think next time I'd double the amount of cocoa.

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WOW....I have serious doubts about this recipe. Would it be flat without eggs- or not rich with two cups of water?? It was amazing. The cake is rich and the texture and taste is superb. Much...

After baking a few rounds of 'Too Much Chocolate Cake' by Denise, decided to try out this start from basic recipe. From the collective reviews, I did some alterations. Replaced water with low fa...

I have been on a quest for the perfect chocolate cake recipe and I can finally stop searching! This cake is a slam dunk and it is SOOOO quick and easy. I made two rounds and baked them for more ...

This cake was very good, but not very chocolately. So if youre a chocoholic you may think of adding more cocoa. I will definitely make this again.

Followed to the letter. Not enough chocolate taste for me, but the texture was good. I think next time I'd double the amount of cocoa.

very easy to make, moist and delicious topping. Many compliments. Great to take along to potlucks.

If I make a cake, this is THE ONE I make!

This cake is very simple to make. Based on the reviews, I also used milk and just a bit more cocoa for a chocolatier flavor. For anyone who doesn't want to use eggs in a cake, this is a great re...

I will pass this cake recipe on to my vegan friends... It was good for a vegan chocolate cake... but I was hoping for simply a great chocolate cake... which it wasn't. Chewy, kinda like a we...