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bonnie's chocolate cake

Recipe by
BonniE !
Cottonwood, CA

This is our go-to chocolate cake. It is simple to make and downright delicious! My version is moist and tender and never bitter. It is great for a special occasion cake, too. When company comes, it gets the compliments, and there is rarely any leftovers. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Enjoy!

yield 9 large slices - Bake time varies, check center.
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For bonnie's chocolate cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose organic flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup special dark unsweetened hershey's cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup or 8 ounces of hot folgers instant coffee
  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

How To Make bonnie's chocolate cake

  • 1
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I use a 9X 11½ baking dish to bake my cake in. I like the way it looks served from that dish. I have also used Pyrex with good results. It takes only 45 minutes in my oven. However, it can take up to an hour. Adjust baking time for different altitude than sea level. Use the toothpick test to make sure it is done in the middle. It should come out clean. Grease cake dish with vegetable oil and dust it with flour. Measure all liquids in standard glass measuring cups and dry ingredients in metal measuring cups. Read recipe first, then assemble your ingredients and make exact measurements.
  • Dry Ingredients
    In a large KitchenAid Mixer on low speed with whisk attachment, add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until well combined, about 3 minutes.
  • 3
    Turn the mixer to medium speed. Then add all of the wet ingredients in the order given, one at a time. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. This will take 5 or 6 minutes until well combined. Note: Expect batter to be scary thin. :)
  • 4
    Pour the cake into the prepared glass baking dish.
  • 5
    Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to one hour. Test the center of the cake with a toothpick until it is clean. Don't over bake.
  • 6
    Cool on a rack.
  • 7
    Frost only when cool. You can eat this cake right away, but chilling it even makes it better. If I have company, I always plan to serve it chilled. Store the cake in the fridge.
  • 8
    Time to frost the cake!
  • 9
    HOW TO MAKE BONNIE'S CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING Light and delicious frosting. The perfect frosting for Bonnie's Chocolate Cake. INGREDIENTS 8 ounces of Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature 1 stick of real butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon salt 3 ½ cups powdered sugar ¼ cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder ~Optional~ If you wish, you can add 4 rounded tablespoons of dry Maxwell House hazelnut powdered coffee from the tin to this recipe for a rich chocolate coffee-tasting frosting. (Add it when you add the cocoa) This is the frosting that is used in Bonnie's Chocolate Cake Recipe. ( To see if you like that idea before frosting the cake, add a little of the coffee powder to a tablespoon of the finished frosting to taste it.) DIRECTIONS Combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl while you are adding the ingredients. Add salt and vanilla extract and mix well. On the lowest speed, slowly add the powdered sugar until it is mixed thoroughly, then add the cocoa powder (and if you are using it, add the optional coffee powder) and beat until the mixture is well combined. Make sure your cake is cool before frosting. This frosting can be kept for 3 months in the freezer. Enjoy!