Cakes/ Desserts

The Best Chocolate Cake Tray-bake

October 23, 2020
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Now that the cold weather has arrived, my body has shift gears into the all too familiar instinctual behaviour of building up some body-fat to fight the coming cold. Well, it’s what I tell myself anyway. For me, chocolate cake is the best cold-weather comfort food.

Every once in awhile, I get this overwhelming craving for chocolate cake. So the other morning, when this all too familiar craving hit, I dug out my one of my old cookbooks to hunt down an easy recipe. After a couple of changes, I adapted the recipe to come up with, in my opinion, the Best Chocolate Cake Tray-bake.

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One of the first changes I made was to substitute the water with coffee. You can add coffee in two different ways. The first is to use a strong brewed coffee, but I don’t drink the stuff, so I went for the second way. The second option is to use a quarter cup of instant coffee added to the water.

Another change I made was to use Hersey brand cocoa powder in place of the unsweetened stuff that the recipe requested. I also exchanged some of the granulated sugar for brown sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses, which will help create moisture within the cake. All of these changes contribute to making a moist cake that has a vibrant, rich flavour.

Recipe Development:

The original recipe I adapted for this cake came from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I grew up with this red and white chocolate cakegingham covered book as one of the books my parents often used. When I got older and moved out, it was one of the first cookbooks I bought myself. The recipes are easy, and they always turn out well.

My family has fallen in love with this Chocolate Cake. Since I had to make the cake a couple of times, my husband had to give away some of the cake to save himself from eating it all.  I am pretty confident that you and your family will enjoy this cake as much as we did. Good luck and happy baking.

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The Best Chocolate Cake Tray-bake

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By Teresa Serves: 20-24 pieces
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes

The best recipe for an incredibly moist and rich chocolate cake that is simple to make and even easier to devour.


  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Hersey brand cocoa powder*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup instant coffee**
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour milk (or buttermilk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp dutch processed cocoa
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 1/4 cup icing sugar



Grease a 9x13 pan and heat oven to 350℉.


In the bowl of your electric mixer or a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.


In a saucepan, heat butter, water, instant coffee, and cocoa powder. Bring to a gentle boil.


Pour chocolate mixture into the bowl with the flour and beat on medium-high speed until everything is combined.


Add in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Continue mixing for another minute or two; the batter will be thin.


Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. The cake should spring back when gently touched.


Chocolate Frosting


In a small saucepan, heat together butter, cocoa, and milk until it comes to a boil.


Pour chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar.


Mix well until sugar has dissolved.


Spread frosting onto the warm cake, cut, and serve.


*You can use any natural cocoa but I really like the Hersey brand **You can use a strong brewed coffee instead of the cup of water


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