Chocolate Cake

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

February is National Chocolate Month and Faith and Friends decided to investigate The Best Chocolate Cake Ever. We discovered many online recipes claiming this exact title. Zach first puts TV-44 staff to the taste test, and then offers Jennifer, Mark, and Andy a chance to determine The Best Chocolate Cake Ever.




The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (Secret Ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar)
Recipe courtesy: / Alicia K.

1 ¼ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it’s really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.

Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).


The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (Secret Ingredient: Coffee)

Recipe Courtesy:

1 ¾ cups flour, plus more for dusting cake pans

2 cups sugar

¾ cups cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk

½ cup oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup hot, strong coffee*


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8” cake pans and dust with flour. If you wish (but I didn’t and it turned out just fine), you can butter each pan, line it with a circle of parchment paper, and then butter and flour the pans. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients and beat just until smooth. Add coffee and mix just until incorporated. Divide batter, which will be incredibly runny, evenly between the two pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the center of each cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pans for 10-15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (Secret Ingredients: chocolate pudding mix & chocolate chips)

Recipe Courtesy:

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a very large bowl, mix together everything except chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into cake pan of choice (I normally use two 9-inch pie pans). For cooking time, I use the cooking times on the back of the devil’s food cake box as a guide and usually add 10 mins to whatever it says. Then I do the toothpick check, and if it’s not done, I check on it every 5 mins after that. It usually takes around 45 mins for two, 9-inch pie pans.


The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate (Secret Ingredient: Cinnamon)

Recipe Courtesy: / Candace Marie

2 cups white sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup butter

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour one 9 X 13 inch pan. Sift 2 cups of white sugar and 2 cups flour together; set aside. In a sauce pan, combine butter, oil, water, and coca. Bring mixture to a boil, remove from heat and add to dry ingredients. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; add with eggs, salt cinnamon, and vanilla to cocoa, flour mixture, and stir well.

Pour batter into a 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

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