Sarah’s Valentine Cake

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m having Steve make that chocolate cake I keep talking about. Here it is!

Sarah’s Favorite Chocolate Cake


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
    Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  5. Stir in the boiling water by hand.
  6. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
    To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients.

  8. Cream butter until light and fluffy.
  9. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  10. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.



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