Classic Homemade Chocolate Cake For High-Altitude Bakers

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homemade chocolate cake on a white plate with cream cheese frosting
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This is a classic homemade chocolate cake recipe with a rich chocolatey flavor and a moist crumb. Serve it with your favorite frosting for a delightful treat!

Recipe adapted from Happy and Blessed Home version.


2 cups 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup 4 tablespoons boiling water
Butter for the baking pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and whisk until evenly combined. Using a stand mixer, it should take about 2 minutes to get all the lumps out.
  5. Pour the boiling water into the cake mixture and whisk until evenly combined. The batter will be quite thin.
  6. Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-inch round baking pan. Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth out the surface using a spatula.
  7. Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes until a tester comes out clean from the center. Your baking time will change if you use a different-sized pan. See below for tips.
  8. Cool the cake for at least 10 minutes before frosting.