Our Favorite Chocolate Cake

Our Favorite Chocolate Cake


"This is the cake my family always traditionally took on picnics and any other family get-together. Cream may be substituted for the milk for a richer cake."


servings 436 cals
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Original recipe yields 14 servings



  • Calories:
  • 436 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 72.2g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 229 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 13x9 inch cake pan.
  2. Cream together the shortening and the white sugar. Add the melted chocolate and eggs, mix well.
  3. Sift the flour with baking soda and salt. Add alternately with 1 cup milk to shortening mixture. Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean. Once cool frost with Coffee Frosting.
  5. To Make Frosting: Mix together instant or leftover coffee, 1/4 cup milk or cream, cocoa powder, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and confectioners' sugar until of spreading consistency.
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  1. 24 Ratings


I made the cake part only, not the frosting. I had to add another ounce of chocolate because it wasn't chocolate-y enough for us. I made cupcakes, baked for about 15 minutes, then watched them c...

this cake has a very rich choclate flavour and a very moist texture that melts in the mouth.

wow. this cake is so good. i added a little maple flavoring and some sweetened dark chocolate. for 2 9' round pans it took 30 minutes exactly. another thing i liked is that it didnt turn all rou...

I hate to be the first with a negative review, but I found this cake to be fairly dry and crumbly. I am a good baker and am not sure why it didn't turn out well. I DID make two changes: I use...

I used 1/2 a bag of Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips in this recipe instead of 2 oz of unsweetened and baked it in my jelly roll pan. Covered it with a mixture of 1 can vanilla frosting a...

add choc chips, otherwise it's great!

This turned out beautifully! The batter was perfect and fluffy. It looked almost like chocolate pudding (i had to keep fighting the urge to eat it with a spoon!), and baked up nicely as cupcakes...

Delicious! Very nice texture as well.

I made this cake for work, and got rave reviews. I used butter instead of shortening, and heavy cream instead of the milk. I also added 2oz of chocolate to it, as it was being frosted with choco...