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Basic Chocolate Cake


Hey folks! I'm going back to India next week, that's why for few days I've been very busy with packing and all, regular blog post is also not happening ... very sorry for that but I hope you will understand. In Austin, this 'basic chocolate cake' will be my last post because tomorrow we will disconnect our internet. While cleaning the kitchen last week, I found half box of cocoa powder, half box of wheat flour, 2 sticks of butter and more than half box of sugar. With these ingredients what can be better than a basic recipe of 'chocolate cake'? And chocolate is always an addiction! I made it and frosted the cake with a super easy chocolate frosting. That delicious cake was our dessert for 1 week. Do try this in your kitchen and my next post will come after settling down in India ... so be patient and happy cooking!


  • 1 and 3/4th cups of wheat flour / all purpose flour.
  • 3/4th cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 2 cups of sugar.
  • A big pinch of salt.
  • 1 and half Teaspoon of baking powder.
  • 1 and half Teaspoon of baking soda.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1 cup of whole milk.
  • 1 cup of coffee or warm water.
  • Half cup of vegetable oil.
  • 2 Teaspoons of vanilla essence.
  • 1 Teaspoon of vinegar.
  • For chocolate frosting:
  • 3/4th cup of unsweetened dark cocoa powder.
  • 1 and half cups of icing / powdered sugar.
  • Half cup of melted butter.
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla essence.
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk.

Basic Chocolate Cake

Basic Chocolate Cake


Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
Sift the flour and cocoa powder in a large bowl twice / thrice.
Then in that same bowl sift the sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix the dry ingredients well with a spatula and keep aside.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
Break 2 eggs in another bowl. Whisk them with a fork for a minute on high speed.
Then add vanilla essence, milk, oil, warm coffee / water. Mix very well.
Then add this wet mixture to the dry mixture little by little and start mixing everything with the spatula. Do not over beat the batter. Mix until everything in well incorporated.
Lastly add the vinegar and gently mix one more time.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
Pour the batter in a greased large bowl and bake it in preheated oven for 40 minutes on 350F.
Then take it out and let it come to the room temperature.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
In the meantime you can make the frosting.
Put the cocoa powder and icing sugar in a bowl. Mix them.
Then add the melted butter and vanilla essence. Mix well with a spatula.
Lastly add the milk and mix again. Frosting is ready. Always do a test taste and adjust the sugar level according to your taste before applying to the cake.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
Now cut the cake into half with a long serrated knife.
Then put half of the frosting and spread it with a spatula / butter knife.
Put the another half over it and apply rest of the frosting all over the cake.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
For more design, place few thinly cut parchment paper or foil paper vertically and horizontally over the frosting.
Then start sprinklings 2 Tablespoons of icing sugar. After that carefully remove the paper and you will get a perfect design.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake
You can keep the cake in fridge for an week. Before serving always bring the cake into room temperature or it will be more yumm if you can warm it up for 15 seconds in microwave.
Cooking Step: Basic Chocolate Cake

Your basic chocolate cake is ready ...
  • Serve it warm with two scoops of vanilla icecream ..

Basic Chocolate Cake

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