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  • Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

    filed under: Chocolate Cakes on April 13, 2015

    Life is all about transitions, right? We grow and learn and make better choices when we know better. At least, that’s the hope.

    Homemade Chocolate Cake MIx - Ditch the box mix!

    While I will not ever judge someone for choosing box mix, I am finding that baking from scratch is something that has become more and more important to me.

    I will still be including fun, easy, and creative recipes that will utilize fast methods (like box mixes), but I do hope to be able to share with you some of my favorite from-scratch recipes.

    Chocolate Cake with Pretty Blue Frosting

    This cake has been a long time in the making.

    A couple years ago I shared a from-scratch white cake mix. Almost immediately I was asked to give a chocolate version of that homemade recipe, but I was never able to find one that rocked my socks off.

    Until now.

    When I made this cake even I was shocked at how good it was. So moist. So rich. So perfect. This is the best homemade chocolate mix I have ever tried, and I have tried a lot.

    This one is it.

    Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    28 mins
    5 mins
    Total Time
    33 mins

    Life is all about transitions, right? We grow and learn and make better choices when we know better. At least, that’s the hope.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
    Servings: 6 servings
    Author: Amanda
    Dry Ingredients
    • 1 3/4 c 220g all-purpose flour
    • 2 c 400g sugar
    • 3/4 c 90g cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. 7g baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. 7g baking soda
    • 1 tsp. 5g salt
    Wet Ingredients
    • 1 c 227mL whole milk, room temperature
    • 2 eggs room temperature
    • 1/2 c 119mL vegetable oil
    • 2 tsp. 30mL McCormick® vanilla
    • 1 c 227mL coffee, warm
    1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months until ready to use.

    2. When ready to bake:
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
    4. Whisk milk, oil, eggs, coffee and vanilla in a large bowl until well mixed and slightly frothy.
    5. Add the dry mix and whisk until just barely combined and smooth, about 50 strokes. (do not over mix)
    6. Divide between the prepared cake pans.
    7. Bake until set and slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
    8. Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack right-side up to cool completely.

    Slightly adapted from Sweeatpolita’s Chocolate Cake.

    Chocolate Cake with Blue Ruffles!

    Tips for success:

    Make sure the dry mixture is sifted; lumps are evil. Kidding. But they are common in cocoa and flour and getting them out is a good idea.

    Having the eggs and milk at room temperature is very important. It is also important that the wet ingredients are well mixed before being added to the dry.

    Once the wet ingredients have been mixed into the dry and divided between the pans, get it right into the oven.

    If you are opposed to coffee you can substitute water. (but just try it ONCE with coffee. It’s amazing.)

    Blue Ruffle Cake with leaf tip

    I used this recipe for buttercream and tinted 1/2 of it light blue. I used a large leaf tip and held it flat against the cake, applied pressure and moved up. Repeat around entire cake.


    Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix!

    I just happened to get some of these really great Weck jars at the store and they work perfect for this recipe. (not an affiliate link)

    Best Ever Chocolate Cake!

    Quick story: I recently shot a new class for Craftsy on cake decorating! It was a blast, but I brought almost all of my piping tips with me. They will ship them to me soon, but in the mean-time, I have been without most of my tips! So I rummaged through my cupboard and found a leaf tip. That is how this cake was born! 🙂

    If you like my Homemade Chocolate Mix be sure to check these out:

    Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

    Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

    Homemade White Cake Mix

    Homemade White Cake Mix

    Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix!

    Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix

    Homemade Spice Cake Mix

    Homemade Spice Cake Mix

    Every Homemade Cake Mix you could ever want! DITCH THE BOX!

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    I just made this cake mix and want to use it in this recipe, I am hoping you might have a moment to review it and let me know if you think it would work.
    Thank you very much for your time and this great looking homemade cake mix😊

    I just made this chocolate cake recipe and I don’t know what went wrong. The batter was very thin when poured into the cake pans and when baking, the batter over flowed the cake pans. What did I do wrong?

    Love the variety of recipes. Great idea about the ingredients in the jars. All you have to do is prepare the wet ingredients. Love, love, love your page. Easy to follow instructions. Thank you. Mrs. McCoy-Freeman.

    I tried this recipe it is amazing but i couldn’t find the backing soda so i doubled the baking powder amount and my cups wasn’t the same like you the one I have 1cup=240ml although allof this it just work perfectly

    Awesome cake!

    Good Morning Amanda ~ I made the yellow cake, and FINALLY, after numerous years, trial and error, it was perfect. I did the happy dance. Thank you for the tips, and recipes. appreciate all your hard work, to make our baking better. Bunny

    Don't Pass on Dessert!