Potato Chocolate Cake

Campbell's Potato Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sounds crazy, but it's true...mashed potatoes make this chocolate cake moist, flavorful and absolutely delicious. This may just become your favorite cake recipe.

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15 min.


35 min.



Bake: 20 min.

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What You'll Need

1 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup prepared instant mashed potato flakes, cooled
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk

How to Make It

  • 1

    Heat the oven to 375°F.

  • 2

    Beat the shortening and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

  • 3

    Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Add the mashed potatoes and mix well.

  • 4

    Stir the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture alternately with the buttermilk and mix well after each addition.

  • 5

    Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans. Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost the cake as desired.

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  • Flavor Variation: Chocolate Spice Cake: Add 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and allspice to the flour mixture and 1 cup raisins and/or nuts may be stirred into the batter, if desired.
  • Alternate Preparation: The cake may also be baked in a greased and floured 9-inch tube pan for 1 hour or in a greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan for 45 minutes.
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