This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had. It bakes up high and it's fluffy. Everyone loves it when I make this cake. It is the only chocolate cake I will ever make. Enjoy!

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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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • Cream the sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the cocoa, milk, flour, baking powder, boiling coffee, baking soda and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

158.9 calories; 2.5 g protein; 26.7 g carbohydrates; 16.3 mg cholesterol; 146.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (79)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2011
Nice recipe - deep dark chocolate and good and moist. I added 1/2 tsp. salt to make the flavors "come alive." That addition along with the coffee ensured a very chocolatey chocolate cake. Baked this as cupcakes about 20 minutes. I would not hesitate making this again - very pleased. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2008
This recipe is completely unsuitable for cupcakes which is rather misleading considering the photo shows cupcakes. They didn't raise correctly (and I didn't open then oven) and the coffee flavor seems to somehow create an intensified burnt flavor at the bottom of each cupcake. Oh and the liners could not be pulled off without destroying the whole cupcake. So while this make work in layer cake form its unsuitable for cupcakes and seems to be a generally unstable recipe. Very disappointing. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
Nice recipe - deep dark chocolate and good and moist. I added 1/2 tsp. salt to make the flavors "come alive." That addition along with the coffee ensured a very chocolatey chocolate cake. Baked this as cupcakes about 20 minutes. I would not hesitate making this again - very pleased. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2006
The BEST chocolate cake period. We used Caroline's Chocolate Fudge frosting as a topping and it turned out awesome. Next we'll make this into cupcakes... so rich and delicious. Can't taste the coffee... but whatever it does it worked! Highly recmmended! UPDATE: We made these into cupcakes... actually used half-recipe and it made enough for 1 full pan of cupcakes. Cooked for about 15 minutes or so... they came out P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Didn't top them with anything as they were very rich and delicious as they were. It's so cool to say you made something so good from 'scratch.' Of course the guys at the poker table look at you kinda funny when you tell them that... but that's their issue not mine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2004
I make this Chocolate Cake often and get tons of complements and request for the recipe. I worked in a Bakery for almost 9yrs. and I have to say I know cakes and this one is awesome!!! Tip- Best baked in a Glass Cake Pan. Make it soon you'll be glad you did. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2008
This recipe is completely unsuitable for cupcakes which is rather misleading considering the photo shows cupcakes. They didn't raise correctly (and I didn't open then oven) and the coffee flavor seems to somehow create an intensified burnt flavor at the bottom of each cupcake. Oh and the liners could not be pulled off without destroying the whole cupcake. So while this make work in layer cake form its unsuitable for cupcakes and seems to be a generally unstable recipe. Very disappointing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2005
HOLY! This recipe Rocks!!!! super easy to make and yum yum yum. i frosted mine w/ homemade cream cheese frosting. and now im off for my 3rd piece.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2006
This cake turned out perfectly...although it took longer to bake than 30-35 min. I was worried the outer edges would get too baked before the middle did...so I lowered the temp to 325f and cooked for 20 min or so longer and perfect! I topped with a cream cheese frosting(not from this site) and it was amazing. The cake is not very sweet so a rich frosting makes it wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2006
Wonderful recipe. Where we live cake mixes are very expensive and so this is a great quick way to have cake. It's not too sweet so it's very versatile. Put frosting on it to make it more sweet or just sprinkle powdered sugar on it to make it more "coffee cake" like. I've made this many times and usually am asked who brought me a cake mix from the States! Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2006
Very good cake! easy and tasty or in my son's way: Yummy yummy! I used frosted it with the Chocolate Cheese frosting and it turned out great we made it at night and had it for breakfast really really good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2006
I made this chocolate cake in Colorado and attempted to make it into cupcakes. It was edible but didn't raise right fell in the middle of each cupcake as well as in the middle of the square cake (made with the leftover batter). It did have an unusual flavor from the coffee but I would definately add more flour if you are in a high-altitude area. I probably won't attempt this recipe again thanks anyway! Read More
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