Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake. A rich chocolate cake made in a 9 x 9 pan with easy ganache frosting!


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup coffee


  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream warmed


Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl combine both sugars, vanilla, vinegar, oil and coffee.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined making sure not to over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into comes out mostly clean with only a few crumbs.
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting with the ganache.
  8. Once the cake is frosted I find it easier to cut when the ganache has time to harden a bit so I put it in the fridge for an hour before slicing and serving.


  1. Whisk chocolate chips and warmed heavy cream together until melted.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baking, Chocolate, Chocolate Ganache, Easy Chocolate Cake, Easy Desserts