Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Makes: One 8-Inch, 2 Layer Cake

Total Time: 45 minutes + Cooling


  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • ¾ Cups Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in the center.
  2. Spray two 8×2-inche round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee and vanilla in a large bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until combined (a few lumps are ok)
  6. Divide batter between pans
  7. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (35-40 minutes).
  8. Cool cakes on a rack for 15 minutes, then invert them onto the rack.
  9. Leave cakes upside down (this flattens domes cakes) to cool completely.

Frost with Glossy Chocolate Icing

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