Jill’s Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake

I just added a recipe for chocolate cake. I am not a baker at all but this cake comes out perfect every time! It’s a recipe from the US that has been circulating between friends in Venice for years. I have no idea where it originally came from and don’t take credit for it, but if you are looking for an easy and delicious cake, this is a good recipe to try.

1 3/4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour

1 3/4 c. white sugar

3/4 to 1 c. dark cocoa

1 1/2 tsps. baking soda

1 1/2 tsps. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 c. milk (2% or whole)

2 tsps. vanilla

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 c. boiling water

(These last 2 ingredients are the secret to its moistness and denseness — they make it virtually impossible to overbake it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.  Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed (or you can mix it well by hand too).  Stir in the boiling water (the batter will thin significantly).

Pour into a greased and floured 13″ x 9″ x 2″ pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted into middle comes out clean.  Cool

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