Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

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I got this recipe from a friends many years ago, and it quickly became my children's favorite. Now, my grandchildren enjoy it. It works especially nice for making cupcakes for school lunches. Besides cooking, I enjoy sewing and writing poetry.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 282 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in a large bowl; beat well. Pour into a greased and floured 8-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack. Frost as desired or dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as One-Bowl Chocolate Cake in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p45

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