Chocolate Picnic Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Picnic Cake Recipe

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Rich, moist and chocolaty, this scrumptious cake is very versatile. It freezes well...and the chocolate chip topping makes it easy to pack in lunches and carry along to picnics. At home, we like it topped with vanilla ice cream.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 335 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool. In a large bowl, beat the egg, sugar, water and oil until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until blended. Stir in melted chocolate.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 32-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Picnic Cake in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p35

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"I made this for our Super Bowl party. It was easy to make, especially since no frosting is required. I would probably mix some of the chocolate chips into the batter next time, since most of the chocolate taste is in the chips."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"I recall making this cake when it had been featured in TOH. I made the following adjustments when baking this cake: I'd used 9 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa with 4 Tbsp. oil as a chocolate substitute. I had kept the balance of the ingredients the same except that I had added 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour to the semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also greased and floured an 8x8x2" baking pan. I used a 40 minute baking time and used a cake tester to determine when it was done by inserting it near center.

The tester should come out clean! This is a great recipe to use if needing something quick, yet tasty! delowenstein"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Love this recipe! My father went through throat cancer and has lost a lot of his taste in his taste buds not to mention the ability to swallow most foods. This is one food item he can actually taste after more than a couple of bites and not lose the sense of the flavor of the cake and swallow without a coughing fit. This cake is great warm or cold, so perfect for family reunions or picnics or whatever. Also, we love it served with whipped cream or ice cream on top. It also stays moist for quite a few days. Definitely a staple desert for our family!"

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"My two little boys loved helping to make this simple yet delicious cake! It will be appearing in their lunchboxes this fall."

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Not bad! Easy to make and is a good addition to picnics/reunions..."

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