Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipes

Homemade Chocolate Cake RecipeTry a Delicious Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Mom's homemade chocolate cake recipes include one for making Aunt Wilhelmina's never fail chocolate cake. Her dessert cake is not only delicious, but it's also quick-and-easy to make. So if you need a special cake in a hurry, this is it. And it's delicious with or without icing. That's why Mom begged her for the recipe back in the 1950s. Now, it's yours to enjoy!

Mom's Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

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Aunt Wilhelmina's Never Fail Chocolate Cake

You'll love my Aunt Wilhelmina McIlmoyle's Never Fail Chocolate Cake. She served this cake to us on special occasions, and it was always delicious. She claimed it always turned out well — and it did.

This is one of the best homemade chocolate cake recipes for busy moms, as it involves just two easy steps:

First Bowl:

1 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Second Bowl:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbeaten egg

Mix the ingredients in each bowl, then combine the two, and bake 350°F for 1/2 hour.

It's that simple!

Basic Chocolate Cake

Here's a basic homemade chocolate cake recipe that's dependable when you need a cake in a hurry. One that's moist and delicious and most old fashioned recipes, calls for only simple ingredients.


2-1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk

Preheat your oven to 350°F, then grease and flour a couple of 9-inch round baking pans.

Greased and Floured Baking PansGreased and Floured Pans Ready for the Cake Batter
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In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Beat on medium-high speed until well creamed.

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Then, gradually add the milk and dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the large bowl while mixing on medium speed. Continue mixing for about 2 minutes, then pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and place them in your preheated oven.

Cake Batter Ready for the OvenChocolate Cake Batter Ready for the Oven
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Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes, or until your cakes test ready. You can easily tell whether your cakes are done when you insert a toothpick, and it comes out clean.

Or, by simply pressing down on the middle of the cake with your finger and if it springs back, it should be done and ready to remove from the oven for cooling.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

1-1/2 cups of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of butter or shortening, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup of cocoa, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda sifted with flour, 2 teaspoons vanilla. Bake in a long pan; don't make the batter too stiff. Real good. —Mrs. T. M. Johnston

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

2 cups sifted cake flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate (melted), 1 egg well beaten, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup milk, marshmallows.

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt and sift together three times. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add chocolate and blend; then add egg and vanilla. Add flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time. Beat after each addition until smooth.

Bake in greased pan, 8 x 8 x 2 inches, in moderate oven (325°F) 1 hour. Turn from pan and while still warm, cover bottom with marshmallows that have been rinsed with cold water and cut in halves crosswise. When cake is almost cold, cover with chocolate icing (below).

Chocolate Icing Recipe

4 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate (melted), 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon water, 1 egg well beaten, 2 tablespoons butter. Combine chocolate, sugar and water. Cook in pan over hot water several minutes, stirring occasionally. Add egg and remove from fire. Stir occasionally until lukewarm. Add 1 tablespoon butter and blend. Add remaining butter and beat thoroughly. —Mrs. G. Worboy

Walnut Chocolate Layer Cake

Yolks of 2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup grated chocolate
1 cup walnut meats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift the soda and cream of tarter with the flour. Bake in two layers, and ice with white boiled icing. Use orange filling between layers.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

1-3/4 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces grated chocolate
1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in tablespoon water)

Immediately before adding the soda, add to the ingredients 3/4 cup boiling water. Bake in two layers.

Vintage Chocolate Mint Cake

Chocolate Mint CakeChocolate Mint Cakes

1/2 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 egg whites
1/2 cup finely crushed peppermint candy

Beat shortening and sugar until light and airy. Sift dry ingredients. Add alternately with water to shortening mixture. Add lemon juice. Fold in egg whites beaten stiff but not dry. Pour into greased 8x12-inch oblong pan.

Bake in a moderate oven (350°F) 30 to 40 minutes. After cake has baked 5 minutes, sprinkle top with crushed peppermint candy. After cake is cooled and iced, it can be cut in squares.

Chocolate Icing: Blend 1/4 cup of shortening with 2 egg yolks and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add 3 squares melted bitter chocolate. Add 2 cups confectioner's sugar alternately with 3 tablespoons thin cream. Beat until thick enough to spread on cake.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe with Fruit


1 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt; 1/4 cup grated chocolate, 3/4 cup butter or shortening; 5 eggs; 2 cups flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 cupful sultana raisins; 1/2 cup candied chopped citron peel. All measurements level.


Cream butter or shortening; add sugar, gradually, yolks of eggs well beaten, milk, flour, salt, baking powder, grated chocolate, citron, and raisins. Mix and beat two minutes, then fold in stiffly beaten whites of eggs. Turn into greased floured tin and bake for one and a quarter hours in a moderate oven. When cold, cover with chocolate frosting (below). —Miss. H. E. Kemp, Peterborough

Chocolate Frosting Recipe

2 tablespoons butter or shortening; 2 squares melted bitter chocolate; 2 cups powdered sugar; 6 tablespoons coffee; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Knead butter or shortening into sugar. Melt chocolate, add coffee, sugar, salt, and butter or shortening and stir until thick, then add vanilla and put away to cool. When cold spread on cake.

This frosting may be used anytime. It is just as good when made one day and used the next by adding a little more hot coffee. It is always soft, creamy and delicious. —Miss. H. E. Kemp, Peterborough

Easy Chocolate Cake Squares Recipe

Chocolate Cake Squares Serving IdeaFancy Chocolate Squares

Here's a quick, simple tip Mom sometimes used when serving cake to company. This method of serving cake saves time and makes for equal sized servings.

Cut your cake in squares beforehand, and decorate each piece with icing and a colorful maraschino cherry on top. Ice only the top or cover the sides of the cake squares as well for a fancier presentation.

Make perfect little cake squares for taking to a last-minute picnic or party, or to slice for school lunches as a special treat. Yum... chocolate!

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1896)

Miss Farmer's Chocolate Nougat Cake Recipe:

1/4 cup of butter, 1-1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of bread flour, 3 teaspoonfuls of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoonful of vanilla, 2 squares of chocolate - melted, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup of almonds blanched and shredded.

Cream the butter, add gradually one and one-half cups of sugar, and egg unbeaten; when well mixed, add two-thirds milk, flour mixed and sifted with baking powder, and vanilla. To melted chocolate add one-third cup of powdered sugar, place on range, add gradually remaining milk, and cook until smooth. Cool slightly and add to cake mixture. Bake fifteen to twenty minutes in round layer-cake pans till done. (Try 300°F)

Put between layers and on top of cake White Mountain Cream frosting sprinkled with almonds.

White Mountain Cream Frosting Recipe

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cold water
White 1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Put sugar and water in saucepan, and stir to prevent sugar from adhering to saucepan; heat gradually to boiling-point, and boil without stirring until syrup will thread when dropped from tip of spoon or tines of silver fork. Pour syrup gradually on beaten white of egg, beating mixture constantly, and continue beating until of right consistency to spread; then add choice of flavoring and pour over cake, spreading evenly with back of spoon. Crease as soon as firm.

If not beaten long enough, frosting will run; if beaten too long, it will not be smooth. Frosting beaten too long may be improved by adding a few drops of lemon juice or boiling water.

This frosting is soft inside, and has a glossy surface. If frosting is to be ornamented with nuts or candied cherries, place them on frosting as soon as spread.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipes, c. 1920s

Marvelous Newspaper Clipping About a Chocolate CakeBake a Chocolate Cake You'll Be Proud to Serve
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Here's an old fashioned newspaper clipping from the 1920s with 2 recipes for making traditional chocolate cakes.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe No. 1

Chocolate Cake Recipe Clipping c.1920sChocolate Cake Recipes - 1920s

1/4 cup butter
1 cup fine granulated sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
Yolks of 2 eggs
White of 1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1-1/8 cups pastry flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring


Sift together three times, the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. Beat egg yolks and one white, saving the other white for frosting. Put butter into mixing bowl, add sugar; pour boiling water on the shaved chocolate, stir quickly and when melted add to butter mixture.

Add beaten eggs, then dry ingredients alternately with milk, add vanilla. Beat all together. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake in a moderate oven.

To make the cake frosting, boil 1 cup of sugar with 1/3 cup water, without stirring, until the syrup threads when dropped from tip of spoon. Have egg white beaten stiff.

Pour syrup gradually on beaten egg, beating constantly until of consistency to spread. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice and spread over cake.

To make a marshmallow icing of this, cut up 3 marshmallows and stir them into the hot syrup just before pouring it into the beaten egg white. When mixture is beaten to a smooth fluff, allow it to set for a few minutes before spreading on the cake.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe No. 2

1/4 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
6 tablespoons cocoa dissolved in hot water
1 cup sour milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs, then the cocoa dissolved in hot water; beat well. Sift flour and soda together and add alternately with the milk. Add vanilla and bake in a moderate oven.

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