Gale’s “Never Fails Chocolate Cake”

Never Fails Chocolate CakeNever Fails Chocolate Cake



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips



  1. Grease 13 x 9 x 2 pan
  2. Preheat oven to 350º F
  3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients
  4. Stir in oil, buttermilk and eggs
  5. Add the water and stir until combined
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan
  7. Bake 35 – 40 minutes
  8. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  9. Let cake cool for 10 minutes on a rack then remove from pan.
  10. Frost when cake is fully cooled.


  1. Combine milk, butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil.  Boil for only a short time.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.

Gr8 Tips:

My mom uses dry buttermilk and mixes it before starting the preparation of the cake.

Any leftover frosting makes yummy candy for the chocolate lover.

If you choose to bake this in individual tube pans as shown in the picture, reduce the baking time to 18-25 minutes, until a toothpick tester comes out clean.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings


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