The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate

May 22, 2012

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Ahh chocolate cake, doesn’t it just make life good? And what makes life really good? A moist, lightly fudgy, perfectly chocolaty, slightly dense, kissed with cinnamon piece of the perfect chocolate cake frosted in a rich, fudge-like frosting. Haha I’m kidding, kind of. I know if someone were to hand me a piece of this cake on “one of those days” it would rapidly change from being “one of those days” into being a fabulous day =).

I got this recipe from my sister, whom got it from allrecipes. I’m quite certain it’s a recipe for chocolate cake that cannot be topped. There’s not outdoing this one. It is simply as it’s named “The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate.” I may call it The Best Chocolate Cake You Will Ever Eat, because it’s likely to be a lifelong favorite. Everything about this cake is divine. I made several of my own adjustments to the recipe, just follow the allrecipes link above to view the original recipe.

I almost forgot to mention the best part of this recipe (after it’s incredible taste of course), you frost it right out of the oven while it’s hot. No waiting an hour for the cake to cool to frost it! Amazing no? Just one more reason this is truly the perfect chocolate cake.

The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate

5 from 1 vote

Deliciously moist and chocolatey cake covered with a rich fudgy frosting. Everyone will love this cake! I love that you don't have to wait for cake to cool to frost.

Servings: 16
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Recipe Chocolate Fudge Frosting , recipe follows

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan then stir in applesauce, cocoa powder and water and bring mixture just to a boil, whisking constantly. Pour hot butter mixture into flour mixture and stir. 
  2. Add in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and whisk mixture until well combine. Pour mixture into a buttered 13x9 baking dish and bake 25-28 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, prepare frosting during the last 5 minutes of cake baking. 
  3. Immediately after removing cake from oven, pour (or dollop frosting by the spoonfuls) over hot cake and gently spread over entire cake.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter and cocoa powder and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly to break up cocoa powder. Remove from heat and stir in milk, powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until well combine. 
  2. If mixture is too thick to stir by hand beat it with an electric hand mixer on low speed until well blended. Immediately spread over hot cake before frosting begins to set. If adding sprinkles add right away before frosting starts to set.

  3. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from allrecipes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Chocolate Cake
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Rachel

    This is the best cake I’ve ever made from scratch, also one of the strangest in terms of traditional cake making – but definitely worth it. It’s really easy to make it vegan, too! I’ll be saving this recipe for my kids.

  • RJ

    I needed a frosting recipe for a cookie bar recipe I made and used the frosting from this recipe and oh my gosh it’s wonderful! I had run out of milk so substituted cream and it was luscious! The next thing I bake is going to be the cake with the frosting and I’m sure it will be a hit too!

  • Ana

    I love this cake! I made it so many times already. it’s so easy and a total winner!! Highly recommended!

  • shelly

    cinnamon and chocolate–great combination—-moist cake and lovely—thanks for the recipe

  • Amber

    I can tell just by the taste of the batter that it is going to be amazing! Its going to be hard to wait until my friends bbq tonight to eat it!!

  • Salsera77

    Hi there, I discovered your blog last week and I’m amazed.I’ve already tried the Creamy white chicken lasagna roll ups and they were a total success at a dinner party I hosted. I wondered with what you could substitute buttermilk for this recipe as where I live, they don’t sell it :-( which is quite annoying as a lot of cake/muffin recipes come with it. Thanks a lot

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes, there is a simple substitution I use quite often, simply add 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup then add enough low fat milk to reach 1 cup (so you’ll be adding 1 cup minus 1 Tbsp milk) then whisk and let rest 3 minutes and that’s it. I’m so glad you enjoyed the lasagna roll ups!

    • Rachel

      You could also use regular milk (1 cup) and cream of tartar (1 3/4 tsp), or adjust as needed. I never buy the stuff, there are so many good alternatives.

  • Thea

    I love moist chocolate cakes and I am so looking forward to making this! But I have a question about the cinnamon.. I’m not a fan of the cinnamon taste so I was wondering whether the cake would still be ok if I left the cinnamon out?