Perfect Chocolate Cake

Baking is my passion, and showstopping cakes my specialty. I have never found a more perfectly moist, rich chocolate cake like this old recipe from McCalls. When I want to make a chocolate cake, this is my favorite recipe. I use it for cupcakes, sheet cakes, and layer cakes. If you are looking for an easy cake recipe, this is the one.


Good Dinner Mrs Mellen

Perfect Chocolate Cake


For birthday celebrations my mother made her chocolate cake with rich fudge frosting and a chocolate filling. I believe she found this recipe in McCalls Cooking School publications, a series of cooking magazines with detailed instructions. When I married she shared with me her prize recipe and I’ve made this moist flavorful cake for birthday’s ever since.

1 cup unsifted unsweetened cocoa

2 cups boiling water

2 3⁄4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

2 1⁄2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla

6 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces

1⁄2 cup half and half

3/4 cup butter

2 1⁄2 cups unsifted confectioners’ sugar

1 cup heavy cream, chilled

1⁄4 cup unsifted confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

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