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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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

Ingredients

  • 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, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Frosting of your choice
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients. Stir in eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add water; stir until combined.
  • 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.
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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • davene
    May 11, 2020

    I always go to Taste of Home first when searching for a recipe, and this one definitely is Not a disappointment. It is very moist and light. The icing is perfect. I bake a lot for bake sales and this i s a winner.

  • meerb98
    Mar 25, 2020

    I’ve made this twice now and it is delicious and moist and disappears quickly! Very easy recipe as is. I made the accompanying frosting that was with the recipe and it was the perfect amount for the top of the cake. Will definitely make again.

  • Kate1718
    Feb 29, 2020

    I just make this today and love how simple it is to make, one bowl, yes! What I don't love is how flat the flavor is, do yourself a favor and add a teaspoon of vanilla and sub out the water with some fresh brewed coffee. I'm sorry I didn't do that, I have made this recipe before and those changes will make you very happy. Unfortunately I forgot about it this time.

  • Gloria
    Nov 17, 2019

    I have this recipe from an old church recipe book from the ladies. You think the water and shortening is too much but it isn't, cake comes out perfect.

  • MrsRR
    Sep 8, 2019

    Excellent cake, I also add 1 teaspoon vanilla and instead of just 1 cup hot water, I use either half coffee

  • jeanemed
    Apr 4, 2019

    I made this for my daughter who likes dark, moist, chocolate cake. She said it was just right. One change I made was that I added a teaspoon of vanilla. Another thing I did, that I wouldn’t recommend, I made it into a two layer cake. Perhaps because we are at high allude, but it didnt the cake didn’t stand up well as a layer. It was so moist that it wanted to fall apart after it was decorated. Next time I’ll leave it as a 9x13.

  • teryn69
    Mar 6, 2019

    Still making this delicious cake!

  • 2124arizona
    Feb 10, 2019

    This cake is so easy and sooooo moist. We over it!!!

  • Unity
    May 7, 2018

    My son has a peanut allergy and I was previously using a "safe" boxed cake for his birthday cakes. I wanted to make him a cake from scratch, but needed it to be nut free and mixer-free. Tall order! This recipe looked simple enough and based on the reviews I decided to try it. It was the best chocolate cake I ever made. Literally perfect: delicious and moist. I doubled the recipe and used coconut oil in place of canola to make a sheet cake with natural-dye icing and a 3 pound white chocolate Millenium Falcon in the middle for my son's 6th birthday Star Wars party. I was asked for the recipe at the party, too. Thank you for my new go-to cake recipe!

  • LeslieH
    Mar 31, 2018

    Delicious and easy to make. Very moist. A definite make again