Moist and Tender Chocolate Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time: 15 min
Yields: 10 to 12 servings


Moist and tender, this chocolate cake is perfect for family gatherings.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Chocolate Lover’s Frosting


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch-round baking pans or one 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with water. Spread into prepared pan(s).

BAKE for 25 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan(s) for 15 minutes; invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

FROST with Chocolate Lover's Frosting


by S. Shahzana , Pakistan on Jun. 2012

I have been a big fan of since long. the recipe is a blast! i just added a teaspoon of coffee to it n it did wonders. It was a hit in my daughter's b'day party

Baby Boomers' Chocolate Cake

by K. KATHY , Myrtle Beach, SC on Aug. 2010

This is the kind of cake my mother would make for Sunday dinner dessert when I was a kid. It would have been great as an after school snack too, with a cold glass of milk, but with a family of seven kids, there was never any left! This recipe will bring any Baby Boomer right back to their childhood, when life was simpler.


by N. Naomi , Richmond, VA on Jun. 2010

This is the best chocolate cake I've ever had. Even my husband, who isn't a big chocolate fan, loves this cake. It's been a big hit with everyone who's had it. Very moist and delicious.

Very Good!

by s. sarah , Longwood, FL on Dec. 2009

I made a mini ganache and mixed it right in for a more chocolatey taste but overall the cake probably doesn't need it as it is wonderful as is!

Great Cake

by C. Carole , Columbia, MD on Oct. 2009

I made a 1/2 recipe of this cake and substituted soy butter for a dairyless version (allergies). It was wonderful and made a nice sized smaller cake for a family b-day where we don't want so much cake left over- trying to be good :) It rose well (after whipped on high) and tasted wonderful and will make it again.

will make this again!!

by t. tracey , Dacula, GA on Aug. 2009

This cake was great! I made it with chocolate lovers frosting and it was outstanding!! Cant wait to make it at a family get together!

My favorite Chocolate Cake

by V. Vickie , Plainfield, IN on Jul. 2009

I lost my Nestles Cookbook and went online to find this recipe. It is truely the best chocolate cake and very easy to make. It is worth the extra time to bake this cake from scratch than to make a chocolate cake from a mix. This cake is very moist and my family loves it. If you want a very moist & tender chocolate cake you have to try making this one.

Moist and tender chocolate cake

by s. sandra , , on Jun. 2009

This is the best cake ever. Its easy to make. I used this recipe to make large muffins as a gift. I melted white chocolate and drizzled over them. My friend loved them!!


by d. dima , , on May. 2009

i have tried this recipe,and it was super delicious better than the market one.

True to form!

by J. Jan , Blytheville, AR on Apr. 2009

This cake is/was "moist & tender". The last Chocolate cake I made [from a mix] was rather dry & disappointing, BUT THIS ONE is WONDERFUL!!!! 5-STARS *****