My Favorite Chocolate Cake

Emma's sweet shoppeAs we prep for the Red Velvet estate sale next month I can’t help but feel nostalgic about our little local shop and the sweet shoppe. I thought it might be fun to share some of my very favorite basic recipes with you that I used in many of the sweets we served. Two of our most popular cupcakes were the chocolate peanut butter monster and salted caramel. The cake of both these cupcakes was the same chocolate cake recipe. It is still my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. It’s super soft, and I think it tastes even better the next day (weird, right!?). Because the crumb is so soft and moist I will warn you that these work best as cupcakes, and not standard size cakes or sheet cakes. If you bake this batter in anything larger than jumbo size cupcake pans the cake tends to begin to burn on the edges while the center is still raw. But it makes awesome cupcakes. Give it a try!

Peanut butter cupcakesChocolate Cake, makes 24 standard size cupcakes or 1 two layer cake.

2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 cups water

In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl stir together the water, oil, vanilla extract and vinegar. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. This batter is very liquid. You might think you did something wrong but don’t worry! Use a large measuring bowl (or other vessel with a spout) to pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan so that each lined cup is 2/3 full.

Emma's salted caramel cupcakesBake at 350°F for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and allow to cool before adding any frosting you prefer. Hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do. 🙂 xo. Emma

Chocolate Cake

Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup oil canola or vegetable
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl stir together the water, oil, vanilla extract and vinegar. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. This batter is very liquid. You might think you did something wrong but don't worry! Use a large measuring bowl (or other vessel with a spout) to pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan so that each lined cup is 2/3 full.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 22-24 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and allow to cool before adding any frosting you prefer.

Credits: Author/Emma Chapman, Photos by Float Away Studios.

  • I love chocolate cupcakes. And it seems to me I’ve just found the best recipe ever. Thank for chocolate inspiration,

  • They are definitely the best cupcakes I have ever tasted.. Oh no, now I miss them.

  • Thank for Vegan cupcakes! I am searching something like that for a long time! It’s really tasty!

  • A girl can never have too many chocolate cupcake recipes. I can’t wait to try this one.

  • Yay, I can’t wait to try your recipe! I don’t have an amazing vegan chocolate cake recipe. I probably wouldn’t top them with vegan frosting anyway, but whatever. I bet chocolate peanut butter monster was an awesome tasting cupcake.

  • Mmmmm this makes me wish I was a baker… or married to one. I need more of your cupcakes in my life/belly.

    Bailey
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  • Yummm! Now I’m craving delicious cupcakes! <3

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  • I am making this now and really wish I could figure out if there is supposed to be baking powder in it or not! It is listed in the directions but not the ingredients. Also, I know the cocoa is sifted in with the other dry ingredients but that is not listed in the recipe either.

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  • That looks so good! Thanks for sharing. I really wish I lived there because I would totally buy it and start a bakery!

  • They look very yummy!
    I wonder when was the last time I had a really yummy cupcake and nothing comes to my mind other than Seattle’s University Village Trophy cupcakes . They are definitely the best cupcakes I have ever tasted.. Oh no, now I miss them.

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  • I’m pretty sure chocolate cake will be the next thing I bake!

  • I just made these today and they were so scrummy! The only vegan cake i’ve made before was avocado cake, so it was great to try a different vegan recipe for a change. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!

    Although i have to say, i must have really small cupcake tins or something because filling the paper cups 2/3 full was too much – the first batch had some overflow issues, with a couple of cakes “hugging” each other! But the second time i did 1/3 or so and they all stayed nicely inside their respective cups. Either way, they were all tasty. And due to using less mixture per cake cup, i got a whopping 52 instead of 24!!
    My boyfriend will be fat by the end of the week 😉
    Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  • Made them yesterday right after reading the recipe! And now I am enjoying them for breakfest! First I thought there was a mistake a the ingredientes because which cake recipe goes without an egg, but I went allong anyway, AND THEY ARE FANTASTIQUE!!!

  • these look seriously delicious! It is so sad that you are closing your store but so awesome that you can share your recipes! Wish I could make it to the estate sale!
    Leah Faye
    a clover and a bee

  • YUM! I must try these. I truly love baking, I wish I could find time to do it more often.

    <3

  • I know this recipe! My mom has got the same one in an old cookbook. This must be a classic! And yes I agree about them not being very good as cakes but they definitely make yummy cupcakes. 🙂

  • These look SOOOO YUMMY!!! Mmmmmm!!:D

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  • If you use 2 cups sucanat (for the rich molasses taste) in place of regular sugar & add 2-3 tsp of ground ginger with the dry stuff…. It’s choc gingerbread cupcakes, satisfying & full of iron for when Aunt Flo visits!

  • Definitely need to try this out soon! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    xx
    youngmildandfree.com

  • That is my “go to” choc cake too. We have always called it “wacky cake”
    I remember show and tell in grade 3 where I took this cake and the recipe!

  • Mmmm I HAVE to try these, they look delicious!

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  • Oh, this looks incredible! I’ll be rejoining my family in Redding, CA on Wednesday–might have to try this this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  • That looks delicious!!!
    That is my favourite chocolate these days:
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    Love from Germany and good night,
    Bambi

  • Oh my! Those cupcakes look divine!! Looks like I’ve got a few more items to add to my grocery list! 🙂

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  • What a great looking cupcake. I love a banana cinnamon frosting or whipped cream on my cupcake (I hope this trend picks up).
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  • I wish I could’ve visited your shop! Thanks for the recipe they look DELICIOUS!

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  • Ok, these look and sounds incredible! It’s making my mouth water just looking at these pictures! x

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  • What happy memories you must have had there. Good luck with the sale! And thanks so much for sharing these mouthwatering recipes with us!

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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  • I’m a vegan so, I can eat these and that’s awesome. I found a vegan cake recipe without having to even look for one.

  • Hey! Looks super yummy but how much baking powder is it? You forgot to mention it 🙂 Have a great day!

  • My favorite chocolate cupcake recipe is almost identical to this. And I love that it’s vegan-friendly too!

  • Can’t wait to try this recipe. I think I’ll try Cream Cheese frosting on top.

  • This recipe is the one used by my Gram to make all of our birthday treats as kids. I realized when I was going to make it the other day that it’s also accidentally Vegan! Score!

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