Chocolate Water Cake Recipe

One more recipe from when I was a baker at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park. This cake is moist, fluffy, and pure chocolate heaven.

This recipe is one that I’ve modified and used as a base for a gluten-free, dairy-free cake. Most chocolate cakes use milk, buttermilk, or sour cream, so one that uses water and is this moist is hard to come by.

If you need a bakery style cake, that screams CHOCOLATE, then try this one and you won’t be disappointed. Pair it with the Hot Fudge Frosting and you will be in chocolate heaven. Enjoy!

Chocolate Water Cake

By author Dish Ditty Recipes


  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups Cold Water
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 8oz Unsalted Butter
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla


Step 1
In a bowl, mix together the cold water and cocoa powder and mix until cocoa powder is dissolved.
Step 2
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Step 3
In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Step 4
Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until creamy. Mix in vanilla.
Step 5
Alternate adding wet (cocoa-water) and dry (flour mixture) until all ingredients are combined. Beat at medium-high to high for an additional 2 minutes.
Step 6
Pour into three 9" pans (greased and floured). Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out clean (about 22 to 33 minutes). Remove from oven and cool completely in pan.

Hot Fudge Frosting

By author Dish Ditty Recipes


  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 6 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 12oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate (chopped coarsely to help melt faster)
  • 8oz Butter


Make this a day in advance as it takes a while for it to cool and set. Refrigerate cake after frosting and decorating.


Step 1
In saucepan, combine cream and sugar. Cook over medium heat until it just comes to a boil. Do not boil.
Step 2
Remove from heat. Whisk in chocolate until dissolved. Add vanilla and butter. Mix until butter is dissolved. Let cool before using as a frosting. Serve hot when using as hot fudge.

Chocolate Water Cake by Dish Ditty Recipes

Chocolate Water Cake

4 Replies to "Chocolate Water Cake Recipe"

  • comment-avatar
    Amber June 17, 2017 (5:14 pm)

    Thanks for posting this!
    My father will be so happy to have his favorite chocolate cake on Father’s Day!

    • comment-avatar
      Dish Ditty June 17, 2017 (8:15 pm)

      Happy Father’s Day to your dad. I hope he enjoys his day!

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    Lori Scott March 22, 2018 (6:46 pm)

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I used to live near the Menlo Park Draeger’s and this cake was my hand’s down favorite. I’ve lived out of state for years and could never find anything with the same texture. This was definitely it!! I’m so happy to have this recipe and have already made new fans.

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      Dish Ditty March 22, 2018 (7:28 pm)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It is such a great cake. Their lemon buttermilk and poppyseed cakes are also on here. I haven’t made the carrot cake yet. I need to do that soon

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