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The BEST Chocolate Cake Ever

April 30, 2020

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You may not think you’re a cake person … but I guarantee you’ll rethink that after you try this chocolate cake recipe. It is SO easy, SO moist and just amazingly delicious.

I can’t take any personal credit for this recipe. It comes from the ‘Keeping Up Cookbook’ by Grace Ivory Rock and Amy Henriksen Fougler. I have searched everywhere for this cookbook and it seems to be out of print! I wish I could link you to it, because this cookbook and it’s predecessor, ‘Favorites Cookbook’, are amazing. I received them both as gifts and know they were once available for purchase at the Make A Wish Foundation in Murray, UT, but I don’t believe that’s the case anymore.

We stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, and it’s definitely our go-to. No other chocolate cake seems to compare! This cake has a very runny batter because you add 2 cups of boiling water to the batter. But, don’t be alarmed! That’s what makes it so moist and delicious once it’s baked.

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The Best Chocolate Cake

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 eggs


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla



  • Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Mix in boiling water, then add eggs and mix well.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Pour into greased 9"x13" pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick come out clean.


  • Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in a bowl.
  • Cream butter in a mixer, then beat in powdered sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla.
  • Continue adding powdered sugar or more milk until desired consistency is reached.
  • While cake is still warm, use half of the frosting to spread on the cake.
  • When cake is almost completely cool, add the rest of the frosting to the cake.

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  1. Jackie says:

    We loved this so much that I’m requesting it for Mother’s Day. Perfect cake for a chocolate lover!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Do you reccomend using salted or unsalted butter in this Chocolate Cake recipe?

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