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 sprinkles): 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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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 259700
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"OMG! Best tasting cake. This is my go to . It made a hit with my older nephew and his family.

I have been told from now on when our families get together, I'm to make the cake."

tdhtran User ID: 5579957 259251
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"teryn69, your direction of making buttermilk is not complete. Putting a TBSP of white vinegar in a cup and fill what to the 1 cup mark ???"

teryn69 User ID: 6818421 256671
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016 Edited Nov. 12, 2016

"Such an easy cake to make, and the taste is wonderful! The only ingredient I never have on hand is buttermilk, however that's so easy to make yourself! Put a TBSP of white vinegar, I prefer white wine vinegar, in a cup, and fill to the 1 cup mark, stir and let sit, instant buttermilk! I think the real trick to this cake baking up right, as in not dense, no falling, is your method. The recipe is easy. Simple whisking and stirring, no mixer involved. Also remember in baking to always use room temperature ingredients unless otherwise stated. Oven temps vary, mine usually takes the longest time. This cake only took 35 minutes and it was done, no falling in the center, light and airy, deliciously moist, chocolately cake. No need for frosting. Yum. Thanks Coleen for an excellent recipe! Edited to add I didn't use canola oil. I melted down organic coconut oil...I use coconut oil in most recipes where I can...delicious!"

DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 253506
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Very good and easy, very moist!"

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252822
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"This was wonderful and so easy to prepare - they all disappeared in one evening"

Gravell User ID: 1583332 252803
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"This was the worst cake I have ever baked. I followed the recipe exactly. It was very heavy and oily. I let it cool and tried to get a piece out but it just fell apart. I let it sit overnight but it wasn't any better in the morning. I was able to salvage some by making a cake, cherry pie filling, vanilla pudding trifle. I had guests coming and had to think of something."

margaretharms User ID: 8332495 252704
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"This cake is a favourite in our family, it's way better than a box of cake mix! So easy to make, I make this over and over again. We just love it! I made this for a gathering yesterday and they almost fought over the last piece! It's the best ever!!!"

Ziva28 User ID: 5862802 252701
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"Easy and really good...will make again!!!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 703465 252672
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016


I couldn't agree more. Wonderful response."

laurabun User ID: 7466708 252668
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"I have added this cake as a go-to in my recipe files. These are recipes that I can make in an instant, since I always have these ingredients in my kitchen. I don't consider this as a waste of time and no labor is too intensive when you're baking for your family. The ingredients listed are all natural, no preservatives or fillers. And I don't care how cheap a box of prepared cake mix costs, it's all worth it to make something good, and from the heart."

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