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Chocolate Cake & Cupcake Recipe

This is a rich and moist chocolate cake recipe that also makes great cupcakes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, cake, cake decorating, desserts, recipes, sweet tooth
Servings: 12


  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • cake pans


  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp Butter, softened 1/4 Cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup Water or Coffee


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray cake pans with cooking spray and place parchment paper on bottom. If making cupcakes place cupcake papers into a cupcake pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl (or in your mixer) cream together sugar, egg, softened butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to your creamed mixture and mix just until Incorporated.
  • Slowly add in your liquid (water or coffee).
  • Add remaining dry ingredients to mixer and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated (do not over mix).
  • Divide cake batter evenly into your prepared cake pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (see recipe notes for approximate times).
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then remove cakes from their pans and finish cooling completely on a wire rack.


Baking Times-
Cupcakes= 12 min.
6 Inch Cake Layers= 23 min.
Single Batch Makes 24 Cupcakes 
Double Batch Makes Three 6 inch Cake Layers