How to Make Chocolate Cake Recipes

Do you know how to make chocolate cake recipes? What cake could be better than a dark, moist, homemade one? Cakes of all sizes, shapes and forms are symbols of celebrations.

These could be small cupcakes, one layer cakes, larger layer cakes, sheet cakes or towering ones. Whatever size you choose, chocolate is the favorite flavor all over the world. This is the queen of the culinary arts and with a little frosting and decorating she is fit to reign at any special event.

If you are learning how to make chocolate cake, the homemade ones baked today are the end products of centuries of refinement; both with the ingredients and the way they are put together. I remember when I was young, it seemed to me that all the chocolate cakes were hard and dry with little flavor. The first delicious moist one that I tasted was the mayonnaise cake recipe. I thought it was truly exceptional.

Today I have so many great recipes that it is hard to choose which one I like the best. One reason for this is because we have so many great flavors of chocolate (and brands) readily available for us to bake with. The good quality flour, great butter and oil along with so many other ingredients were not handy for many to use so it took a while for recipes to be perfected.

When you are learning how to make chocolate cake recipes, to achieve the best results with your homemade recipe use the type of chocolate called for in your recipe. There is usually a reason for that one and generally speaking today our recipes have been made up to perfection. Through our grocery stores and specialty shops today we can get many types of chocolate to do our cooking and baking. For each type the flavor and sweetness will vary with the manufacturer so try different brands. Quality chocolate is glossy, breaks with a snap and has a delicious chocolaty aroma. Pop a small piece in your mouth; it should melt smoothly without any graininess.

Until you are ready to make your homemade chocolate cake recipes, store it in a tightly covered container or a sealed plastic bag and place in a cool dry place. Under ideal storage conditions (between 60 to 70 degrees with less than 50 percent humidity) it will keep for one year. White chocolate should always be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve its quality. I have often said on the website that I always keep a large can of Hershey’s cocoa powder. It stays good indefinitely if kept tightly covered and in a cool dry place.


  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • 2/3 Cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Beat butter on medium speed of mixer until creamy.
Gradually add sugar beating about 7 minutes; add eggs one at a time beating after each.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cocoa; sift together.
Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternating with the milk; set batter aside.
Prepare potato flakes according to the package directions; add potatoes to batter and beat well.
Stir in chocolate chips and pecans; pour batter into a 10 inch greased and floured tube pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a pick comes out clean.
Cool on rack for 10 minutes in the pan; remove from pan and cool completely.
Can top with chocolate glaze or dust with powdered sugar.


Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe with a Raspberry FillingSour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe with a Raspberry Filling
  • ¼ Cup soft butter
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Ounces unsweetened melted chocolate
  • 2 Cups sour cream
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 ¼ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9inch square pans.

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, melted chocolate, sour cream and vanilla.

Sift together the flour, soda, salt and baking powder.

Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the water. Beat well after each addition.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes or until done. Cool cakes and frost.


  • ¾ Cup sour cream
  • ½ Cup soft butter
  • 3 Ounces melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 Cups confections sugar or until spreading consistency

Beat all ingredients until smooth. Frost bottom layer and then top with other layer. Frost top and sides.


  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Cups flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon soda
  • ¾ Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9x13 inch cake pan.

Sift together the dry ingredients in a mixer bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour cake batter into the 9x13 inch cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes.


This mincemeat chocolate cake recipe is one of the best homemade chocolate cake recipes to make for Christmas.

  • ½ Cup shortening
  • 1 1/3 Cups sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup fruit juice or milk
  • 1 Cup mincemeat
  • 1/3 Cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Combine and mix well shortening and sugar; beat in eggs.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; combine with creamed mixture.

Heat milk or juice and mincemeat to melt suet (if using homemade do not heat); add to mixture.

Stir in the walnuts; divide batter into 2 layer pans, greased and floured.

Bake about 35 minutes or until pick comes out clean.

NOTE: This is good frosted with caramel frosting.