I love this simple chocolate cake recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 15 1/2x10 1/2-inch jelly roll pan.

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  • Bring water, 1 cup margarine, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder to a boil in a large saucepan; remove from heat and stir in flour, white sugar, and salt. Beat eggs, sour cream, and baking soda in a bowl; stir into flour mixture until just blended. Pour batter into prepared jelly roll pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring 1/2 cup margarine, milk, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to a boil in another saucepan; remove from heat and stir in confectioner's sugar until icing is smooth. Spread icing over cake immediately after removing from oven. Allow cake to cool before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 53.7g 17% DV; fat 15.7g 24% DV; cholesterol 21.5mg 7% DV; sodium 292mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2014
This is traditionally a family favorite at our house. Even though I have never seen a recipe in print call for it I was raised to always put one teaspoon of cinnamon into the flour mixture before blending. That is was gives it that Tex/Mex zing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2017
Bland something is off. glaze was great though. Read More
37 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2014
This is traditionally a family favorite at our house. Even though I have never seen a recipe in print call for it I was raised to always put one teaspoon of cinnamon into the flour mixture before blending. That is was gives it that Tex/Mex zing. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
With last minute plans for a total of 7 coming to dinner I had about 90 minutes to make a dessert large enough (and good enough) for all. Made this cake but didn't have a jelly roll pan or any sour cream. SO...I used a large glass baking pan (approx. 10x15x2) and susbstituted 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt plus one egg yolk for the sour cream. I also used butter instead of margarine. Cooked it for about 25 to 30 minutes until toothpick in the center came out clean. I was afraid to spread the frosting on the hot cake but it was very easy and didn't rip the cake. This was BEYOND a hit with 4 teenagers and the adults raved about how the icing "melting" into the top of the cake made it incredibly moist. Definitely a keeper for my chocolate craving dessert nights! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2013
Easy uses ingredients usually on hand tastes great. (Esp ifyou love chocolate) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2015
one of my moms staples...she told me to spread a thin layer of peanut butter as soon as the cake is done. then the glaze/icing...talk about a hit with my family. no picture...they devoured it to fast! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2014
My family loves this cake! They request it every time we have a get together! Easy too!! Love! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2014
I had never baked a cake from scratch. This one was easy and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2016
I added 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon to cake with dry ingredients and 1 cup chopped nuts to icing before spreading over cake. Adding these ingredients made it more like the cake I use to make and it is always a big hit . I line my jellyroll pan with parchment paper which makes clean up easier and I cut with a pizza cutter . Very moist. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2016
Made this for my wife to take to work as nurses they sometimes need that little extra boost. Once a week there is a meal brought in from each nurse in her dept. So I made this and it was a hit along with another request from her co-workers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2018
This is so similar to my grandmother s recipe I remember as a kid in Texas. She kept it in the refrigerator and it is wonderful in the summer. The family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2017
Bland something is off. glaze was great though. Read More