Tried and true--best chocolate cake ever! Frost with Best Buttercream Frosting when cool. Even better the second day.

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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 a 9x13-inch pan. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate, margarine and water until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt and soda. Pour in milk and eggs. Mix the cooled chocolate mixture into the batter. Pour into 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. Frost with Best Buttercream Frosting.

Nutrition Facts

155.5 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 25.6g 8% DV; fat 5.5g 9% DV; cholesterol 15.7mg 5% DV; sodium 182.9mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2008
This chocolate cake is the first chocolate cake I have ever made from scratch. I will NEVER buy boxed again! I used 6 tbs of coco powder in the dry mix instead of baking squares because I didn't have any so I just added 2 extra tablespoons of butter to the milk and water mix and it turned out wonderful. Also I've never made sour milk before so I took another reviewers advice and put 1 1/2 tsps. of vinegar in the milk but it still was not sour in 5 minutes. I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds and it was seperated and was peeerfect sour milk. Thank you for this recipe. Everyone loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2002
Too much sugar 1 1/2 cups makes the cake to candy tasting. Read More
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112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2008
This chocolate cake is the first chocolate cake I have ever made from scratch. I will NEVER buy boxed again! I used 6 tbs of coco powder in the dry mix instead of baking squares because I didn't have any so I just added 2 extra tablespoons of butter to the milk and water mix and it turned out wonderful. Also I've never made sour milk before so I took another reviewers advice and put 1 1/2 tsps. of vinegar in the milk but it still was not sour in 5 minutes. I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds and it was seperated and was peeerfect sour milk. Thank you for this recipe. Everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2004
Thhis chocolate cake is excellent. Moist chocolatey delicious! I'll never use a box again! But one caveat...do not use spray to grease the pan or the bottom of the cake will stick. I solved this problem by using butter and flour to grease the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
i loved this cake. it was super-easy and came out so moist and yummy. why do people even use box mixes?! i used a cream cheese frosting which didn't go that well. next time i will try a whipped cream frosting! i had no problem souring the milk. i just added a bit of vinegar to the milk and waited about 20 min.!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2002
Too much sugar 1 1/2 cups makes the cake to candy tasting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
This was a big hit used 1.5 cups of sugar and used regular milk not soured came out great. Used chocolate frosting III My family is already asking for it for the next birthday party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2008
Aunt Mary has come up with an AMAZING chocolate cake! Very moist! Turned out fantastic and it was SO easy. I was a bit worried as the batter was very runny but it baked up nice and fluffy. I did add about 8 more minutes to the baking time just to make sure it was done inside. Thanks so much for this one! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2006
I thought this was OK but didn't think there was anything special or exciting about it. I felt it was more of a snack cake thought it was plenty sweet enough on its own and didn't frost it -- that would've just been too much. It would be very nice if ingredients could be listed in the correct order - much easier to make sure everything's gone in that's supposed to -- and to keep me from panicking when it lists adding eggs and I don't see them... oh wait they're up at the TOP of that list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2003
I have made this cake several times it is fantastic nice and moist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2004
This is now my resident chocolate cake. Very easy to make and everyone loves it. The hardest thing is getting the milk to sour. Read More
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