The famous Yost chocolate cake!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan.

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  • Whisk buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to buttermilk mixture and whisk in hot water. Spread batter in prepared cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs, about 35 minutes. Let cool.

  • Beat confectioners' sugar, cream, butter, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl using an electric mixer until frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread onto cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

638.9 calories; 4.8 g protein; 92.6 g carbohydrates; 59 mg cholesterol; 446.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2013
The cake recipe itself was great. I was concerned that it might not be quite chocolately enough with just the cocoa powder so I took a dark chocolate bar and grated it into the dry ingredients before mixing them into the wet. The cake was very moist and everyone loved it. The frosting was very very sweet--too sweet for me. Again it wasn't very chocolatey so I actually almost doubled the amount of cocoa powder but I think when I make this cake again I'll use a different frosting recipe. I did like the frosting consistency though. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2020
Made it last night, and covered after it cooled. Tonight I frosted and tried it. Surprised to find it a very dense,list cake like a brownie Read More
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2013
The cake recipe itself was great. I was concerned that it might not be quite chocolately enough with just the cocoa powder so I took a dark chocolate bar and grated it into the dry ingredients before mixing them into the wet. The cake was very moist and everyone loved it. The frosting was very very sweet--too sweet for me. Again it wasn't very chocolatey so I actually almost doubled the amount of cocoa powder but I think when I make this cake again I'll use a different frosting recipe. I did like the frosting consistency though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2013
I thought this cake was really moist rich and chocolaty. I loved the frosting - a combo of whipped cream and buttercream. next time I think I will make it in two 9-inch pans instead of the 13 x 9. It is a tad dense. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
This recipe is amazing! I have spent a long time trying to find a great chocolate cake recipe that isn't too overwhelming in a chocolate taste that isn't sweet. This literally tastes like a milk chocolate cake! I did add about half a cup more flour and made cupcakes. Mine took around 15-20 minutes to cook and I added a cream cheese frosting. I will be recommending this to other bakers and be using it as my go to recipe from now on! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2013
I don't have buttermilk....is there a substitute???? Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/06/2014
Finally took it out after 45 minutes and still wasn't done. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Fantastic! Made for my husband's birthday. It was a huge hit. One guest who isn't a cake fan had two slices. Very moist and delicious. I omitted the cocoa from the frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2020
6.17.19 ... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/232225/yost-chocolate-cake/ ... This is good cake! It rivals my favorite. Yeah, it’s that good. Other than using my personal frosting recipe & decreasing oil & sugar by 1/4c each - oh, wait - oops. I also subbed coffee for the water. Okay, that really is all. This is a really good, moist cake! Thanks, Joy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2013
I made this as my first cake from scratch and turned it into my sons zombie birthday cake. I added strawberry filling in between. It was delicious and so moist! I added a little more coco than required but other than that I didn't change a thing. My son loves mocha frosting that I use so I didn't use the frosting in this recipe but as awesome as the cake turned out I wouldn't mind using the frosting next time! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/02/2020
Made it last night, and covered after it cooled. Tonight I frosted and tried it. Surprised to find it a very dense,list cake like a brownie Read More