How To Convert White Cake Recipe To Chocolate

Today, we’re going to be looking at how to convert white cake recipe to chocolate. Most people will have their own white cake mix recipe or a favorite white cake recipe that they’ve been following for many years – but you may not have a chocolate cake recipe to match. So can you adapt your white cake recipe to chocolate? Of course! We’ll be taking a look at how to achieve the perfect chocolate cake, from a white cake recipe.

How To Convert White Cake Recipe?

Having these tips and tricks under your belt will help make baking much easier. And there is very little difference between a white cake recipe, to a chocolate cake recipe. Let’s take a look.

What you’ll need

  • whisk
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups

With vanilla cake box mix

  • one packet of vanilla cake mix
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

A white cake recipe you already follow

  • your chosen vanilla cake recipe
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • replace the milk in the recipe with hot water
  • replace the butter in the recipe with vegetable oil

How much flour do I replace with cocoa?

Recipes

Vanilla cake box mix

  • Place your cake mix into a bowl. Now add the cocoa powder to the mix and whisk until combined well
  • Follow the instructions on the box of your cake mix, and use the ingredients they recommend. Bake the cake for the recommended time on the box and leave to cool once out of the oven
  • Decorate with your choice of garnish (fruit, frosting, etc.)
  • Your vanilla cake is now a chocolate cake!

Your chosen white cake recipe

  • Weigh out your flour and add the cocoa powder to the flour
  • With a whisk, mix the dry ingredients until combined well
  • Replace at least half of the milk (1:1) with hot water or hot coffee. Both enable the chocolate flavor to come through, so you can choose which liquid you’d like to use
  • Remove the butter from the recipe and instead use 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Oil has less flavor than butter and also makes the cake far more tender. Using oil gives the chocolate a chance to take over, flavor-wise
  • Now follow the recipe as you usually would. There is no need to make any other changes or change the baking time. Everything else in your recipe will remain the same!
  • Allow to cool and decorate with your choice of garnish (frosting, fruit, etc.)

Tips

  • Use Dutch-process cocoa powder as you’ll achieve a more chocolatey flavor this way
  • You can also use chocolate pudding mix powder if you don’t have any cocoa
  • Add 1/4 cup of sour cream to your batter mix to help with the texture of moistness of your cake
  • Add semi-sweet chocolate chips or crushed nuts to your batter, as they both will enhance the chocolate flavor of your cake

Ways To Convert Your White Cake Recipe

Another way to convert your white cake recipe is by simply adding melted chocolate to the cake mix. Doing this will give your finished cake a fudgy texture, and will help to make the cake thicker, and chocolatier. If this isn’t what you’re looking for, it may be best to stick with cocoa powder or chocolate pudding mix.

White Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple white cake recipe as a starting point, this recipe is from All Recipes, and couldn’t be easier!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons of baking powder

Recipe

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour a round cake pan (9 inches preferably)
  2. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time, ensuring that each egg is combined well before you add the next. Once all eggs are added, add the vanilla extract
  3. In another bowl, combine the baking powder and flour. Grab the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients and mix well
  4. Add milk and stir until the batter is smooth. Pour batter into your prepared cake pan
  5. Bake for around 30-35 minutes. A toothpick or knife should come out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake
  6. Allow to cool and your cake is ready to serve

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to learn how to convert white cake recipe to chocolate. While you may not be sure how to make the perfect chocolate cake, it’s actually super easy! And very similar to baking a white cake mix – the only addition is cocoa powder, or any other form of chocolate powder (hot chocolate, protein powder, etc.)

Do you have any other tips and tricks on how to convert a white cake recipe to a chocolate one? Or have your own beloved white cake recipe that you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Can you add cocoa powder to white cake mix?

FAQs

Can You Add Cocoa Powder to White Cake Mix?

Absolutely! This is the quickest, and most effective way of converting a white cake recipe, to a chocolate cake recipe, in one step. Alternatively, any kind of chocolate powder will work, as well as cocoa powder. For example, hot chocolate mix. 

How Much Flour Do I Replace With Cocoa?

When adding cocoa powder to your recipe, you may want to take out a small portion of the flour (although it isn't usually necessary). Some people like to take out two tablespoons of flour, and replace with two tablespoons of cocoa powder instead. However, your cake will still be just as delicious if you choose not to do this.

How Do You Make a Yellow Cake into a Chocolate Cake?

Adding cocoa powder or melted chocolate are the two most popular ways to turn your yellow cake into a chocolate cake. However, there are so many alternatives you may want to try! For example, instead of cocoa powder, you may want to try pudding mix, hot chocolate mix, or even chocolate flavored protein powder! 

White Cake Recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour a round cake pan (9 inches preferably)
  • In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time, ensuring that each egg is combined well before you add the next. Once all eggs are added, add the vanilla extract
  • In another bowl, combine the baking powder and flour. Grab the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients and mix well
  • Add milk and stir until the batter is smooth. Pour batter into your prepared cake pan
  • Bake for around 30-35 minutes. A toothpick or knife should come out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake
  • Allow to cool and your cake is ready to serve

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