Cynthia’s Chocolate Cake


So… one day many years ago (like 6, but ‘many’ sounds better for the purpose of story telling), my husband came home from work and told me that Cynthia (one of his WindleyEly work mates), made the best chocolate cake he had ever eaten. I was a bit of a jealous girl in those days, and knowing my husband appreciated good food, I asked for the recipe. If it was the best chocolate cake ever, than I had to be the woman making it for my man. lol I wanted to be the one he was appreciating and bragging on!!

giant cake
(layered with a white cake)

Well, it truly is an amazing, moist chocolate cake! It is also the easiest from scratch cake recipe I have ever made. We eat it A LOT, and every time (minus that once… when the Devries came over and I used sea salt instead of table salt… that one was weird tasting cake. Oops!), but every OTHER time it has been delicious! So here is the recipe!

Cynthia’s Chocolate Cake

Mix in large bowl (or kitchen aid mixer):

1 ¼ cups flour
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¼ cup butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water


Beat until smooth.

Bake in 2 greased round cake pans for 12-15 minutes (or until done- depends on your oven heat) at 350 degrees. Cool.

Cover outside and in between 2 layers with homemade chocolate icing and serve.


You can also make 12 med sized cupcakes, just watch the bake time. This cake cooks quickly!

My homemade icing is just butter, vanilla, cocoa, milk, icing sugar. I just keep mixing and adding until I have the amount and consistency I want. There are lots of great recipes online though if you need one.

My only comment is that this is a smallish cake. It is dense and moist, but not as big as a cake mix cake. But it really does only take like 10 minutes to mix up and 12-ish minutes to bake, which is pretty sweet I think.

Thanks Cynthia! 🙂

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  • Reply smillar April 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Mmm I love this cake, thanks!

  • Reply Jon April 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    You make it way better than Cynthia does!

  • Reply Mads April 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    cute story 😀 hehehe

  • Reply gottabekd April 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    don’t feel bad, the DeVries family forgot until you mentioned it again!!!

    • Reply Christa April 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      haha, I love to bake, so I am sure that cake will forever stain my memory. 🙂 See you in the morning!

  • Reply Lisa @ Just the 6 of us April 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    So glad I won’t be able to lose the recipe again as it’s here now. It really is an amazing cake!

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