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Moist chocolate cake with white frosting and berry filling on a green pedestal with a cherry on top - Press Print Party!

Super Moist Chocolate Cake from Scratch

Course Dessert
Keyword cake, dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Author Nathalie Brown


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup oil Canola
  • 2 Tbsp cognac (or other liquor) optional
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Mix all dry ingredients.

  2. Add all wet ingredients except water - Mix.

  3. Add boiling water and mix. The batter will be thin.

  4. Bake in 2 greased and wax paper lined 9" pans, or 1 9"x13" pan at 350° for 35-40 mins. Test that the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Recipe Notes

You can use any liquor you choose. Each will impart its own flavors. Rum, Brandy, or Grand Marnier also work beautifully. You can also just skip it if you feel strongly. The alcohol burns up during the cooking though, if you're worried about a boozy cake.

The boiling water can also be replaced by hot coffee. In that case, I would replace the cognac with Kahlua.

Of course you can use this recipe to make cupcakes too.