The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You Will Ever Need

the ultimate chocolate cake recipe|www.whatkumquat.comIn retrospect, I probably shouldn’t be posting this a day after my birthday, because although it looks like I did, I didn’t bake myself a cake and write myself a quirky little message on it (I swear).
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I made this cake for one of my roommates who also recently had a birthday because I am a good friend but also broke and can I just say DAMN.

Like, DAMN.
the ultimate chocolate cake recipe|www.whatkumquat.comI don’t quite often find myself at a loss for words –I have the dangerous personality combination of being a narcissistic blogger and also a Greek- but I find myself quite unable to convey my passion for this cake in an eloquent manner.

This chocolate cake is the Meryl Streep of cakes.

This chocolate cake is to desserts what UberBlack is to regular public transit.

If Oprah herself had a lovechild with The Great Julie Andrews and it went on to rule the world with grace and talent, that child would be nothing in comparison to this cake.

Eating this cake is an experience as euphoric as discovering that your fave late-night kebab shop has remained open an extra half an hour and yes, still has extra fries.

We on the same page?
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Make this once and I promise you, you will never even consider another chocolate cake recipe or (god forbid) a boxed cake. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it tastes incredible. It’s a triple-threat cake guaranteed to be perfect for all occasions, like birthdays or Wednesday nights at 10pm when you’re hungry but don’t want to walk all the way to the closest supermarket to get a pint of Ben & Jerrys because then you would miss an episode of Scandal and also have to put on pants and that’s just not gonna happen my friends, so you decide to make this cake instead.
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You Will Need

  • 3/4 dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM: 3 sticks of salted butter, 1 cup cocoa powder, 5 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two round cake tins, then lightly dust with some extra cocoa powder instead of flour to avoid white specks on your finished product.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients until there are no lumps left. Beat the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla together until smooth then mix into the flour mixture until everything is evenly combined. Pour in melted chocolate and beat well until completely smooth.
  3. Slowly beat the boiling water in until light and fluffy. Pour into the two pans evenly and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tins completely before frosting.
  4. TO MAKE THE FROSTING: Whisk the cocoa powder to remove any lumps. Beat in the butter until smooth, then alternate adding the sugar and milk. Add in the vanilla and you’re all set!

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  1. Yum yum!! LOL at “I’m not creative HBD” 😀

  2. yummy! I love chocolate so thanks for this 😛

  3. Hi there! Came across this delicious looking recipie on your Instagram and can’t wait to test it out! However, I’m a baking novice and see that you list 1/4 cup of melted chocolate chips but see where in the instructions these come into play… Just want to make sure mine comes out looking as great as yours 🙂

  4. I would see nothing wrong with baking yourself a birthday cake. Maybe better that way…then you don’t necessarily have to share! 🙂

  5. I would just replace some of the ingredients to plant-based to make it vegan friendly. This looks really good, thanks for sharing :))


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