Jan's Chocolate Cake Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Jan's Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Jan's Chocolate Cake

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"This is an absolutely delicious, no-fail chocolate cake."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 8 inch layers or 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). If using layers, grease and line the pans with parchment paper. If using a 9 X 13 pan, grease and dust with cocoa powder. Sift together the cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Alternately beat in the flour mixture and the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Add the boiling water and beat for one full minute.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2008

This is not a deep, dark chocolate cake, but it sure isn't short on rich chocolate flavor! This is an incredibly moist, stick to the tines of your fork cake, that baked nicely in two 9-inch layers in 25 minutes. I didn't bother with the parchment paper and it released from the pans easily just sprayed with Baker's Joy. I didn't change a thing with this recipe, and won't the next time around either. It is delicious just as written. Frosted with "Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting," also from this site, this was a cake I'd be proud to serve anywhere.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 17, 2006

help!! I made this exactly as instructed, thinking that this would be a no-fail cake, and I was wrong! I don't know what I did wrong, as I said I followed everything written, can anyone tell me why it turned out sticky? It's thick and didn't raise much, and you can see it's so moist inside it's not even a cake, not even a brownie, it's just a hard dense block of black stuff! :( So disappointed~ someone please tell me what could cause this!

Aug 17, 2009

Love this recipe. I've tried other chocolate cakes from this site but this one is by far my FAVORITE. The cake is so moist and delicious with a great texture. In my opinion, it's the perfect chocolate cake. I don't have any of the problems other's have mentioned. I'm sure the problems are not with the recipe but it's that something is being done wrong. Make sure to measure your ingredients correctly. NEVER EVER scoop flour, you have to spoon it into a level measuring cup and level it off. Scooping leads to too much flour in the cake which equals dry, crumbly..ect.. Be sure to level off the baking soda as well..If you taste baking soda in the cake you probably used too much. Cream the butter and sugar WELL. You cannot substitute the buttermilk in this recipe with regular milk UNLESS you add a tbs of lemon juice or white vinegar to it. Beat eggs in one at a time, mixing each one in completely. When alternately adding flour and milk, start and end with the flour. Also, DON'T OVERBAKE.

Feb 14, 2006

Excellent cake! Very chocolately and moist. I didn't have buttermilk, so I subbed whole milk soured with a tablespoon of white vineagar. I also subbed a cup of hot coffee instead of the hot water. Very tasty! I frosted the cake with 'Creamy Chocolate Frosting' and put a layer of Raspberry Jam in the middle. I got lots of compliments! Definetly a keeper!

Jul 05, 2007

This is a wonderful recipe for a moist rich chocolate cake! I made cupcakes for a fourth of July party, and they were a huge hit! I followed the recipe exactly, but they cooked in only 10 minutes. I iced them with red, white, and blue butter cream icing. I think the best tip for chocolate cake is to be sure to watch the time carefully. If you over-bake it, the results are dry and bland. If you time it right, this cake is perfect! My husband absolutely loved it! I will use this recipe from now on as my basic chocolate cake! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 31, 2007

Absolutely butt blowing! I loved it! I made it for my mother, for my boyfriend, it rules! I used chocolate ganache, a rich icing, which complements very well the moist texture of this butt blowing cake. Fun for the whole family! One thing I should mention - it took nearly an hour and fifteen minutes for this cake to cook. I ran the toothpick test a few times until it was just right. Don't be afraid to leave it in the oven until it is done!

Apr 03, 2008

I made this cake just as instructed. It looked beautiful and was done in 40 min. It just tasted bland. Sorry. I wanted to make a cake with some leftover buttermilk I had. I guess frosting would make up for it? I like my cakes really fudgy and chocolate tasting this one did not pass my test.

Apr 03, 2006

This is the first cake I ever baked from scratch, and it was exactly as she said -- no-fail and excellent. (I even mixed things in the wrong order and it still turned out well.) I didn't have buttermilk so I used a cup of whole milk + a tablespoon of lemon juice, but otherwise I used the recipe's ingredients. It came out moist with the perfect density, and got rave reviews.


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  • Calories
  • 97 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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