Rating: 4.05 stars
425 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 217
  • 4 star values: 106
  • 3 star values: 44
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 37

My mom created this recipe years ago and my sisters and brother and I have entered this in 4-H and won many awards. Yummy on its own or with chocolate frosting!

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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 and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 52.3g; fat 17.4g; cholesterol 48.9mg; sodium 557.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (342)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2009
I am rating this recipe 5 stars after I have made a change or two. I bake this for weddings every weekend and have never had a complaint, only rave reviews so I guess this recipe speaks for itself. Substitute the baking soda with baking powder and add an additional quarter cup of milk......Best ever! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2004
I'm with Tianne on this one. We did not like this cake at all. It was very bland and not sweet or chocolatey at all. It raised very nicely and had a good texture but that's about all I could say about it. I poked holes all over it and melted some frosting and poured it over it to add some sweetness. I then put a ton of frosting over that. I really expected a great cake with the ratings. I was very disappointed. Read More
(214)
425 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 217
  • 4 star values: 106
  • 3 star values: 44
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 37
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2009
I am rating this recipe 5 stars after I have made a change or two. I bake this for weddings every weekend and have never had a complaint, only rave reviews so I guess this recipe speaks for itself. Substitute the baking soda with baking powder and add an additional quarter cup of milk......Best ever! Read More
(816)
Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2005
I made soe changes after reading reviews and cake came out moist and chocolatey. I used 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup boiling water. I used two squares hereshy unsw chocolate and 3tbs cocoa dissolved in in the water. I added 1 tsp baking powder. With adjustments a great chocolate cake. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2004
I'm with Tianne on this one. We did not like this cake at all. It was very bland and not sweet or chocolatey at all. It raised very nicely and had a good texture but that's about all I could say about it. I poked holes all over it and melted some frosting and poured it over it to add some sweetness. I then put a ton of frosting over that. I really expected a great cake with the ratings. I was very disappointed. Read More
(214)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2003
I'm only 12 and made it by myself - it was so good. I used white cream icing on it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/24/2003
Great chocolate cake! I made a little change though- instead of using cocoa, I melted 1 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips, and made an icing of melted chocolate, butter, a squeeze of orange juice, splash vanilla and powdered sugar. I'll definately make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2003
This is absolutely THE BEST cake I have ever made! It was even better than a Betty Crocker mix. I paired it with the Chocolate Frosting submitted by Tianna.....delicious! Even my husband who doesn't like sweets LOVED it. This will be THE chocolate cake I make from now on. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/19/2007
This recipe was really REALLY bad. I followed the recipe exactly. When it came out of the oven I was really excited because it looked beautiful but when it came to eating it.. it tasted bland the texture was crumbly. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/12/2003
not chocolatey at all. The consistency is excellent but the taste is less than 'one star'. I would not make this recipe again. I used a ton of extra icing in order to give it some sweetness and taste. I'm not sure why the other people gave this recipe such good ratings. At least it was moist and good looking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2007
I made this chocolate cake for a birthday party and it was a real success. Even one person that does not like chocolate cake ate it saying it was the best cake she had ever eaten. Great recipe. Read More
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