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Mom's Chocolate Cake Recipe

Mom's Chocolate Cake

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"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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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 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.


87 Ratings

Dec 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.

Jul 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.

Nov 04, 2005

HOLY CRAP! 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....

Feb 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 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.

May 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!

Jan 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!


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 146 mg
  • 6%

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

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