Chocolate Cake, Simple, Best-Ever

Summary: This is a perfectly moist, wonderfully chocolate cake with a great crumb. It holds up well over time and under frosting. I've tweaked the original Hershey's recipe only slightly to include a bit less sugar and some whole wheat flour which no one has ever noticed. 

Yield: two 9" round cakes or 28 cupcakes


  • 1¾ cups unrefined, granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans or enough muffins tins to hold 28 cupcakes.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl if you're using a hand-held mixer, or the bowl of a stand mixer if you're going that route. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin; stir to an even consistency though). Pour into your prepared pans.

Bake 30 minutes (less for cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.