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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) equals 297 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 281 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g 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 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..."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"This is a fantastic chocolate cake. EASY TO MAKE AND SO WONDERFULLY MOIST AND CHOCOLATEY! Yummy!!!!!"

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