easy, homemade chocolate cake recipe and the best chocolate frosting ever!

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The best homemade chocolate cake! And easy, basic recipe!

My husband’s (Nate to those who know him. or you.) favorite, favorite, favorite cake is my homemade chocolate cake. And being that it’s his birthday today it seems only right to make him my chocolate cake. This is the best chocolate cake recipe. In the history of best. And chocolate. And cake. This is a simple cake to make and the homemade frosting and cake combo is the best it gets. Really, truly, pinky swear!

(We get a lot of questions about the cake stand.  Unfortunately, we can’t point you to where to buy this exact one.  If the color is what you like, though, you might like this square distressed one on Amazon.)

I’m not a pro-baker by any means. I am a believer in good, fast, and consistent. Make it, eat it, enjoy it…move on. This homemade chocolate cake recipe may not make it in the world of cake gurus. But, it WILL make it in the world of those you love. They will adore you. Bow at your feet adore! And, that’s what it’s really about, anyway.

Why is this cake called Desert Island Chocolate Cake? Well, because if you could only have 1 thing to bring with you to a Desert Island…this would be it.

Nope, I would bring my phone to call for help from the desert island. But, Nate would bring this cake to the desert island, not me-his wife? The cake rates higher (although, if he brought me I think I would kill him for taking me with him to his death) . Golly, I sound jealous of a cake.

Desert Island Homemade Chocolate Cake: a NellieBellie recipe. a chocolate cake recipe from scratch

This cake is not sweet. It is a perfect match for the sweet, smooth frosting. This specific cake and frosting combo is what works. Maybe it’s the “from scratch” part that makes it? Cake and frosting. Chocolate and smooth. They just go together. the end.

chocolate cake

THE FROSTING VIDEO: Click here for the video tutorial.



  1. Lau says

    I followed all recipe and the cake was not so fluffy. A bit hard, not rock hard either? What can I add for next time?

    • says

      I wish I could tell you what went wrong! I would say you might want to sift the flour next time, just to make sure you aren’t adding too much. But otherwise, I just don’t know what else to say. It always turns out perfectly fluffy for us…so hopefully your next attempt will be better! Let us know how it turns out!

  2. Pam says

    My Mother has been making this frosting/icing since I was a little girl. I am now 50 years old. It’s the only recipe I use. Leave out cocoa & add vanilla for a white buttercream frosting.

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