Chocolate cake got big exposure (along with a funny story) in the recent movie, It’s Complicated when Jane (Meryl Streep), a bakery owner in Santa Barbara, crafted a beautiful one for a dinner that never happened.

If you need a delicious homemade chocolate cake recipe, try this one… it’s worthy of being put on a platter (or an elegant glass cake stand, like Streep did in the movie). 

Chocolate Cake

2 cups (500 mL) sugar
1-3/4 cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (175 mL) cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking soda
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
2 eggs
1 cup (250 mL) milk
½ cup (125 mL) vegetable oil
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
1 cup (250 mL) boiling water

Makes 8-10 servings

Grease and flour two 9” (23 cm) round baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. (The batter will be thin.) Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in the centre of both cakes comes out clean, about 30 – 35 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove cakes from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Icing.

Chocolate Icing:
Melt ½ cup (125 mL) butter or margarine. Stir in 2/3 cup (150 mL) cocoa. Alternately add 3 cups (750 mL) icing sugar and 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk, beating with electric mixer on medium speed until spreading consistency. If needed, add more milk. Stir in 1 tsp (6 ml) vanilla.

Recipe Source: Hershey’s