real chocolate lover’s cake

real chocolate lover's cake

Real chocolate lover’s cake is the real deal. Get ready to take bites of heavenly deliciousness using a recipe from a seasoned cooking peep!

Simple Chocolate Cake

This recipe is from my good friend, Mary Marshall, a SC gal who has a huge following in social media and a fabulous blog, All Things Food~Cooking with Mary and Friends. Mary’s all about farm to table and spends so much of her time connecting with local farmers and producers in South Carolina.

Moist Chocolate Cake

She shares her adventures and for those of us in SC, we have ‘gems’ that we can access as we seek out better food for our families and friends.

And, you can’t ignore the fact that Mary is a fabulous baker! 

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Since this cake looked so great when Mary posted it and since I was really hankerin’ for something simple and chocolatee, I jumped on this recipe!

How to Make a Chocolate Cake

Anytime a recipe is shared, I think it’s incumbent upon the recipient to make it ‘their own’ by ‘boho’ing’ to suit their needs, and I know Miss Mary would approve of what I’ve done with her already great recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Since I made this recipe at 8k elevation and Mary’s at about sea level, I made some other adjustments.

Recipe for Sheet Cake

If you want to make this a sheet cake, it’s a great batter. If you want to make cupcakes, have at it! 

For more chocolate recipes, just click here. Yes, there are some yummy options! 

I think one of my most favorite chocolate cakes is the Hot Chocolate Cake. I mean imagine combining your love of hot chocolate and cake into one! 

All I can say is that this is one fabulous cake. It doesn’t need anything with it, just the cake and a cup of coffee, milk, or tea. But, if you want add ons, have at it!

real chocolate lover's cake

real chocolate lover's cake

real chocolate lover’s cake

Yield: 9x11" cake pan


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbl. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk, 1%
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chunks (I used 62% chocolate.)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and blend together well working out any little lumps.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk coconut oil and vanilla and whisk together well. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry and blend well.
  3. Add the chocolate chunks to the batter and then the boiling water and blend well.
  4. Pour into a greased and lightly floured baking dish. Cook for about 30-35 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Remove to a cooling rack for about 15-20 minutes. Ready to slice and serve,

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real chocolate lover's cake

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  1. Tuki Sathaye says:

    Been following your IG stories and wishing you and Pop the best. I’ve learned so much from you about life matters, aging gracefully, and of course, cooking. Plan on baking your chocolate cake but can you please share the recipe for the ganache topping. Thank you for all your generosity.

    1. Hi, dear Tuki, and, thank you for those really kind and loving words. I think we all learn so much from each other. While social media has its pitfalls, I think this is the wonderful thing about it, connecting people like us who, otherwise, would probably never have our paths cross. Yes, that ganache. Please go to this recipe, Tuki, and there are directions there for how to make! Thank you for sharing in our recent saga. It’s a little look into what happens on a lesser level than areas experiencing catastrophic losses like FL and PR. xoxx ally

  2. I love love your page. I’ve stepped up my cooking game since Ive been following you ❤️ Ally, can you use coconut or date sugar in this recipe?
    Thank you,

    1. Dee! You have just brightened my day, and w/all this clean up work from Hurricane Ian, I sure did need a smile and pick me up! Thank you, luv! Yes, I think you’ll be good w/either. It’s a yummy recipe. If you saw my IG Stories, I made it into cupcakes for the guys working in the house helping w/demolition. They LOVED!! xoxx ally

  3. What size baking pan would you recommend? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi, Kate, I used a 9xllx2.75″ baking pan. You could also use a bread baking pan. Why? Well, as you can see from one of the pixs, I did thin slices and stacked with fresh strawberries in between the slices. Thanks so much for visiting! xoxx ally

  4. Lori McLain says:

    Woo baby this looks delicious ! I love anything with lots of cocoa flavor…sure reminds me of home …Ally I bet you guys had a basement too?THe coal bin, furnace was down in ours…and that’s where we kept the extra canned goods when we lived in Portland, Indiana….go Hoosiers ?❤Happy Valentine’s Day and a magnificent carpet ride to come !

    1. Oh, Lori!!! We have so so so many similarities of growing up. Yes, we had a dark dank basement. Twice a year a dumpload of coal was put in our ‘shoot’…the coal room. Oh, the soot and black dust covered everything, even upstairs in the house. The furnace was like an inferno. I can remember being scared to open that door b/c I thought the flames would spout out and burn me. I’d quickly throw the shovel of coal in!! It was always good to hear those radiators ‘percolate’ w/warm water!! And, Mom always had rows of canned goods on the shelves, too!! Love you girl! Happy V-Day xoxo ~ally

    1. Thank you sweet Yummmyyyy Muummmmy!! It’s a show stopper deeelish cake! xo

    1. Thank you, darlin! I can vouch for it…it’s really a sweet cake…sweet as in awesome, and, yes, sweet sweet too! 🙂 Thanks for swinging by!! xo ~ally

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