Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe – No Flop

It is so important to find a no flop easy chocolate cake recipe for your kid’s birthday parties so you know that having a failed cake just before a party is not going to happen. My mom shared this recipe with me many years ago and it has never failed me. I make it every year for my children’s birthday parties as well as other celebrations. And yes while I would like to make cakes that look like they come from Little Bake Boutique I am content to settle for ones that are tasty and no flop but look very homemade!

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe No Flop

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Before you start making this cake I highly recommend that you check out the post I published which includes a live video I did with celebrity chef Grace Stevens sharing baking tips for kids parties. I know that the next time I make this cake it is going to look so much better! At the moment (as you can see from my pictures) it looks very homemade, but it is always a very tasty and moist cake.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons bicarb of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Grease 2 x 9″ cake pans
  • Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb of soda and coffee) and mix together
  • Add the milk, oil, eggs and vanilla essence and beat on medium until just combined
  • Add hot water and beat until just combined
  • Add to cake mixture equally to the two cake tins and bake for 30 – 35 minutes

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  1. Wow really easy! Thank you

    • Yep, this is the best tasting cake and so simple and easy to make. Before this recipe I had so many flops!

  2. Elize Swanepoel

    I am so glad I stumbled across this recipe. I was looking for a really easy no-flop recipe for a chocolate cake. JD’s birthday is around the corner and I really wanted to bake a cake myself. But I am so not good at baking. :-/ Thanks for sharing.

    • Lynne Huysamen

      It is such a reliable recipe! We made it yesterday again this time using caramel instead of icing and it was divine.

  3. This looks absolutely divine! With kids on school holidays they are always looking for a treat or snack so this will go down well over a few days. Thank you!

  4. Love how simple these ingredients are and that i have all these in my cupboard, just need to find the time to bake

  5. Thank you for the recipe I have one of those fail proof chocolate cake recipes but it requires 2 ingredients that I hardly ever have laying in my cupboard so this recipe will definitely be of help me as I love chocolate cake.

    • It’s so important to go with a recipe that uses ingredients you have on hand most of the time so this recipe rocks for me. I’m interested to try out your recipe though, so feel free to share it!

  6. Nice recipe I’m going to try it.

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