I make this cake over and over. It is easy to put together and the frosting of the cake is easy and fast. It goes fast around my house.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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 and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.

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  • Sift 2 cups white sugar and 2 cups flour together; set aside.

  • In a sauce pan; combine 1/2 cup butter or margarine, oil, water, and 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil, remove from heat and add to dry ingredients.

  • Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; add with eggs, salt, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla to cocoa, flour mixture and stir well.

  • Pour batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

  • To Make Frosting: Five minutes before cake is done combine 1/2 cup butter,1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup milk in saucepan and bring to a boil.

  • Remove from heat and stir in confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and chopped pecans. Pour frosting over hot cake. Cake remains moist and may be frozen. Serves 20.

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; 16.4 g total fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 217 mg sodium. 46.7 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2008
I've been making this same cake for years! Actually instead of the oil I use another stick of butter. Yikes! Three sticks in one cake!!! Anyway I have been asked to make this cake MANY MANY times over the years. I have even been paid to make this cake. My mother-in-law has dreams about it and hoards it when I make it. I got the recipe from a friend about twenty years ago (when I was in Jr. High School!) and she called it Candy Cake because the icing is like eating fudge. I highly recommend poking lots of holes in the cake just before you pour the hot icing over the hot cake. I use a thick wooden skewer to do this. If I didn't have one then I use the back of my beater from my hand-mixer. This makes it unbelievably moist and heaven-filled! I used to get asked to make the birthday cake for all the birthdays in my office and my co-workers even asked if I would make this cake for my own birthday. It is a definite winner. Don't look any further this is THE chocolate cake! Oh and candacemarie my name is also Candice Marie and I go by Candi too. People think the cake is named after me (since we call it Candy Cake). lol Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2008
Well i was looking for a chocolate cake recipe so i tried this one. I followed the recipe almost exactly but cut the cinnamon to half the amount. Even with that the cinnamon almost over powered it. I wanted a basic chocolate cake not a cinnamon chocolate cake. Also it wasn't very chocolaty. Because of that i give it 3 stars. Now since then i stopped using cinnamon and use a bit more than 1/4 cup of cocoa. The cake is very good and very moist. A good recipe to build off of. Also i did not like the frosting way to sugary. Read More
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239 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 151
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2008
I've been making this same cake for years! Actually instead of the oil I use another stick of butter. Yikes! Three sticks in one cake!!! Anyway I have been asked to make this cake MANY MANY times over the years. I have even been paid to make this cake. My mother-in-law has dreams about it and hoards it when I make it. I got the recipe from a friend about twenty years ago (when I was in Jr. High School!) and she called it Candy Cake because the icing is like eating fudge. I highly recommend poking lots of holes in the cake just before you pour the hot icing over the hot cake. I use a thick wooden skewer to do this. If I didn't have one then I use the back of my beater from my hand-mixer. This makes it unbelievably moist and heaven-filled! I used to get asked to make the birthday cake for all the birthdays in my office and my co-workers even asked if I would make this cake for my own birthday. It is a definite winner. Don't look any further this is THE chocolate cake! Oh and candacemarie my name is also Candice Marie and I go by Candi too. People think the cake is named after me (since we call it Candy Cake). lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2008
I've been making this same cake for years! Actually instead of the oil I use another stick of butter. Yikes! Three sticks in one cake!!! Anyway I have been asked to make this cake MANY MANY times over the years. I have even been paid to make this cake. My mother-in-law has dreams about it and hoards it when I make it. I got the recipe from a friend about twenty years ago (when I was in Jr. High School!) and she called it Candy Cake because the icing is like eating fudge. I highly recommend poking lots of holes in the cake just before you pour the hot icing over the hot cake. I use a thick wooden skewer to do this. If I didn't have one then I use the back of my beater from my hand-mixer. This makes it unbelievably moist and heaven-filled! I used to get asked to make the birthday cake for all the birthdays in my office and my co-workers even asked if I would make this cake for my own birthday. It is a definite winner. Don't look any further this is THE chocolate cake! Oh and candacemarie my name is also Candice Marie and I go by Candi too. People think the cake is named after me (since we call it Candy Cake). lol Read More
(190)
Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2008
Well i was looking for a chocolate cake recipe so i tried this one. I followed the recipe almost exactly but cut the cinnamon to half the amount. Even with that the cinnamon almost over powered it. I wanted a basic chocolate cake not a cinnamon chocolate cake. Also it wasn't very chocolaty. Because of that i give it 3 stars. Now since then i stopped using cinnamon and use a bit more than 1/4 cup of cocoa. The cake is very good and very moist. A good recipe to build off of. Also i did not like the frosting way to sugary. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
This is an AWESOME recipe!!!! The ingredient list is long but it is very easy to make and clean up is simple. HINT: I didn't want a rectangle cake so I poured the batter into 2 9inch pans. It turned out great. Perfect for layers!!! For big layers- double recipe!!! (It also slipped out of the pan with no mess!!!!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2014
This was an unexpected hit. It's incredible to me just how much chocolate flavor there was in this cake given the small amount of cocoa powder in it. It is also incredible how moist and fresh tasting it was, given I made it three days ago and first cut into it tonight! I loved that it called for both butter, for unbeatable flavor, and shortening, for guaranteed moistness. I didn't include the cinnamon simply because it didn't appeal to me and that was a good call for my taste buds. As for the frosting, it is a fudgy, brownie-type frosting that pours easily and stays soft (even three days later). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a fantastic recipe that continues to be a hit with co-workers and friends. The cake is easy to make the frosting is wonderful and the cake stays remarkably moist. I highly recommend this cake to anyone who loves chocolate - it is indeed the best chocolate cake you ever ate! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2007
This cake is super yummy and easy to make I did it in two 9'' pans for a layer cake and just made it for the third time each time has been a fantastic birthday cake..i use a different frosting and make a fresh strawberry filling sooo good with the cinnamon! Thanks for this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2006
I found this cake really easy to make and quite tasty. A good cheap-to-make chocolate cake. (I didn't add the cinnamon.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
I have never baked a cake before AND THIS CAKE WAS AWESOME! Everyone at my daughters b-day party was just raving about this cake. I used a cream cheese frosting and it turned out great. USE THIS RECIPE!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
This is the same recipe I had years ago and lost...so happy to have it again! As suggested by others I use 3 sticks butter (omit veg. oil) use only 1/4 tsp cinnamon and punch holes in cake with handle of small wooden spoon prior to adding the icing. It's much better on day 2...even more moist!! Read More
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