One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe
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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This cake mixes up quickly and bakes while we enjoy our dinner. My son, David, loves to help decorate it. —Coleen Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Frosting of your choice
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without frosting and s: 297 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the first six ingredients. Stir in eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add water; stir until combined.
  2. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Frost cake. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 15 servings.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter until creamy. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup baking cocoa, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons 2% milk to achieve desired consistency.
Originally published as One-Bowl Chocolate Cake in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p9

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Reviewed May. 13, 2016 Edited May. 15, 2016

"This is a perfect chocolate cake! So simple and easy and comes out perfect every time! I did find the flavor needed kicked up just a bit and always use a rounded 1/2 teaspoon of salt and vanilla. After we had to go gluten and dairy free I also succesfully modified the recipe to meet those needs. Noone can ever tell it's gluten free! Ever!

I have also found that this cake does not seem to fall if I only mix it at medium speed JUST until mixed. Like quick breads, mix as little as possible."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Yummy, quick desert. Reminds me of what my mom made us as kids."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"This looks yummy. I hope the author, Coleen, reads the reviews because I want to say, "Hi." I was David's third grade teacher."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"I made this cake on Sunday and it was a huge hit. Very moist. Will absolutely be making this again (probably a lot!)"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I love, love this recipe..easy and not a bunch of dirty dishes at the end...The cake is chocolaty and moist. I have made this cake several times. Today, I decided to substitute 1 cup of hot coffee for the 1 cup of water...Amazing Grace!!! My mom just moved to California from Georgia and ate a good portion of the cake...Thank you for such a wonderful old fashion chocolate cake..."

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