When I was a beginner in the homemaking profession, a big goal of mine was to build up a repertoire of great recipes that I would go back to & use time & time again.
One such recipe I wanted to find was a great basic chocolate cake that I could use for birthday cakes & such. Ever since I first made this chocolate cake years ago, it's been my go-to recipe for chocolate cake. You can use it for a sheet cake, a layer cake, & it also makes great cupcakes! Just adjust your baking time accordingly.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can reduce the fat & it tastes just as good if not better! (See my notes in the recipe.)
Never-Fail Chocolate Cake
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (or to reduce the fat, use 1/2 softened butter or margarine + 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce)
2 cups sugar
2 3/4 cup flour
5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350º.
In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine, applesauce (if using), sugar, & eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, & salt. Add wet ingredients (water & vanilla) & dry ingredients alternately to creamed mixture. Mix well.
Pour into 9x13 pan (2 round pans or cupcakes work as well) that has been sprayed with no-stick spray. Bake for 40 minutes or until middle tests done with a toothpick. *Note* If using 2 round pans, adjust baking time to 25-30 minutes. Cupcakes - 15-20 minutes, or until they test done.
Cool & frost, if desired.
If you love chocolate, check out a couple of other goodies from my recipe box:
How was everyone's Easter/spring break?
Ours was pretty quiet & restful. I wasn't feeling really great for some of it, but now I'm feeling refreshed & I'm ready to get back into our routine.
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