Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake and Frosting

We had a dinner to go to recently where we were asked to bring a dessert. Several people were already bringing cookies, so I decided to bring a sheet cake. I found this recipe in my trusty recipe box for Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake and Frosting and realized that it was one that my MIL used to make frequently, only she would make it in a 13 x 9 pan.

I love chocolate sheet cakes, but sometimes I feel like they are a bit labor intensive. This cake was deliciously moist and a breeze to make. So easy, in fact, that I don't have step by step instructions for the cake. You literally dump all the ingredients, except for the boiling water, into a mixer and combine. Add in the boiling water, mixing thoroughly and pour into prepared pan. That's it.
Here's what you need for the cake and frosting together: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, oil, buttermilk, eggs, salt, vanilla, cinnamon (optional), boiling water(not pictured) {The ingredients for the frosting are in this picture too...sugar, butter, milk, chocolate chips and vanilla}

Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake 
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tsp. baking soda
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and almost 1 cup milk...allowed to set for 10 minutes)
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon(optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
Add 1 cup boiling water

Grease 13 x 9 or jelly roll pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients into mixer except for the boiling water. Mix to combine, then add in the boiling water. (The batter will be very thin.) Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes if using 13 x 9, or 25 minutes if using jelly roll sheet pan.
Here's what you need for the frosting: butter, milk, sugar and chocolate chips
Here's how you make it:
Put the sugar, milk and butter in saucepan.
Bring to a full boil and remove from heat.
Add in chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.
Pour in vanilla and stir.  Immediately frost the cake, working quickly while the frosting is hot.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Frosting
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 bag or 1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla

Bring sugar, milk, and butter to full boil. Remove from heat. Add in 1 cup chocolate chips and vanilla. Spread quickly over cake.
Decorate with sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or leave plain.
For this Christmas dinner, I decorated the top with crushed candy canes and it was delicious. I omitted the cinnamon in the cake this time too. I have also used this frosting on a yellow cake and it was divine.  Such a versatile cake and frosting! Do you have one of those recipes that you morph into different versions depending on the occasion? I'd love to know what it is...

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  1. That looks delicious ...I love the chocolate and peppermint combination! xo

  2. Gotta love easy! Especially this time of year. The candy canes make it so festive.

  3. Seem to be tasty ! I loce chocolate!

  4. Mmm, I can almost smell these through the screen! Yum!

  5. Oh wow! That looks ridiculous! Thanks for making me hungry and thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  6. Yum, this looks really tasty! I just love recipes that involve dumping ingredients into a bowl and mixing - easy-peasy! Have a lovely week :)

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen


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