Do you have a recipe that reminds you of your family? One that is and will always be your go to recipe? I have a few of them, but this one in particular is my Ryder family to a T. We call this chocolate cake recipe "Grandma Skamahorn's Chocolate Cake". A wonderful lady who wasn't actually our blood Grandmother was so good to my family that she was a Grandmother to us. This recipe has been in the family for about well over 80 years, and it is one that will continue to be passed down because it really is the best chocolate cake recipe you could find.
It is a super simple recipe, I use it in all my chocolate cakes I make. The Ultimate Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake uses this recipe as the base. It was National Chocolate Cake Day last week, I was really wanting to have some but all I really wanted was just a simple chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Last night we had Family Home Evening and I decided for the treat I would make our classic chocolate cake. I am so glad I did because it hit the spot.
Best Chocolate Cake
3 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
3/4 cup of salted butter, room temperature
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl stir together all the dry ingredients with a large whisk, ensuring everything is distributed evenly.
In a medium sized microwavable bowl add the two cups of water and butter. Microwave for 3 minutes or until water is hot and butter is melting.
Add the vanilla and vinegar to the water and butter, stir together.
Add the eggs on top of the dry ingredients, break the eggs up with the whisk. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry while whisking/stirring. Once batter is all wet and there are no lumps, pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set and when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack. Once cooled, spread your favourite chocolate icing on top and grate some dark or milk chocolate on top of the cake.
I din't take a million pictures for this post because it really is just so simple but so tasty. I din't need a bunch of fancy pictures to express and relay how much I love this cake. I have made this cake hundreds of times, for various occasions and even for weddings. It never fails and always always turns out amazing. People always comment on how good and moist the cake is. This cake is amazing as simple as this and also amazing when it is dressed to the nines and fancy! You can make cupcakes with it, round cake, square cakes... you name it, it works with anything.
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