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5 from 4 votes

Easy Chocolate Cake

to make and has the best easy frosting. If you eat it straight from the pan, I will not judge you.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cake recipe, sheet cake
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Lisa Longley


For Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup milk see note one about fat content
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Chocolate Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar scooped and leveled, not packed
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk


For Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 9 inch by 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until they are just combined.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-38 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean.

For Chocolate Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled cake and serve.



  1. In this recipe I used skim milk. In general it is okay to go up in fat content in baking recipes, but not down. So any milk will work well in this recipe.