Chocolate Scratch Cake

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A good cake for chocolate lovers- Chocolate Scratch Cake

Chocolate Scratch Cake

A thick layer of chocolate icing tops this chocolate cake.  That’s a big time bonus!

Chocolate Scratch Cake Recipe

Chocolate Scratch Cake

Yield: 15 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:35 minutes



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, shortening, cocoa and water. Bring to a boil and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, buttermilk, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. While the cake is baking, prepare the icing. In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil the butter, cocoa and milk. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Then add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Pour the warm icing over the hot cake.  Let cool completely, then cut and serve.
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  • Janice Kimball wrote:

    can you use oil for shortening or does it need to be like Crisco?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’ve only used solid shortening- Crisco- for this recipe.

  • Holdthefross wrote:

    Why is it called a scratch cake.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Made from scratch 🙂