Fool-proof chocolate cake

This is one of my grandmother’s recipes that I’ve made quite a few times. Like the title says, it’s fool proof (for all you non-bakers out there). This cake can be made the day before and even frozen for when unexpected guest drop by and you want to have something sweet and yummy to serve them.

Set your oven to 375 degrees, grease & flour two 9” round pans, or a deep dish pan (10” x 13″).


2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

6 tbs. of cocoa powder

2 tsp. of baking soda

1/2 tsp. of salt

3/4 cup of butter

2 1/5 cups of brown sugar (packed)

3 eggs

1/2 cup of butter milk

1/2 tsp. almond or vanilla extract

1 cup of boiling water

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, put aside.

Cream the butter (mix on medium for about 4 minutes), gradually add the brown sugar till the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well each time.

Mix in half of the dry mixture into the butter and eggs, when well mixed add the butter milk, then the remainder of the dry ingredients. When combined, add the extract.

Pour the boiling water over this mixture and mix well. Pour into prepared dishe(s) and cook for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Note about this cake, the batter is very liquid… but don’t worry it comes out very moist and tasty. When cooled you can either ice it with your favourite icing or simply sprinkle icing sugar over the top.