Mom’s Chocolate Cake From Scratch Recipe

This is an old fashioned “from scratch” chocolate cake recipe with boiled frosting that I learned from my mother, Marlene Stevens. It is a family favorite!

Mom’s Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour milk (add 1 Tbsp vinegar to sour it)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Frosting:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt & cocoa.
  2. Add eggs, sour milk, vegetable oil & vanilla.
  3. Mix well, then pour 1 cup boiling water over all Andy mix well again.
  4. Pour into a greased & floured 9x13 pan.
  5. Bake @ 350 for about 40 minutes.
  6. When cool, frost with boiled chocolate frosting.

To make Frosting:

Combine sugar, milk, cocoa & butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue to boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and cool slightly.

grace chocolate cake

Karyn's daughter requested this chocolate cake for her birthday!

homemade chocolate cake

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