One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

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

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4.5 73 64
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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
MAKES:
15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:
15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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, 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 six 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. 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

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.

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  • 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
  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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sstetzel User ID: 158954 271816
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"mheaddings you could use two 9" rounds instead of the 9"x13" pan. Be sure to start checking for doneness around the 25 minute mark.

Sue Stetzel
Recipe Support Specialist
Taste of Home Magazine"

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burkepa User ID: 4734295 271771
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"This was very tasty. I cut all ingredients in half as there are only two of us, and baked in a 9 x 9 inch pan. Made 3/4 of a frosting recipe and that was enough to frost the cake and lick the spoon. Time in the oven was 35 minutes for my small cake. I would take this to a pot luck and I am really pleased the recipe can be cut in half."

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teryn69 User ID: 6818421 256671
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"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 with milk 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!"

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Lynda1111 User ID: 6101406 271757
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"This recipe was in a church cookbook of my grandmas. I've made it for years & my family loves it. easy as can be & quick to boot. I am glad Coleen shared this because I think it should be in every homemaker's recipe box. Also, I always have every ingredient in the house (no special trips). This recipe is a GEM."

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mheaddings User ID: 123431 271737
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"Can this be made as a layer cake"

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Maria User ID: 9228417 270025
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2017

"We loved it! I didn't have buttermilk, sadly, but we added a tablespoon of lemon juice to some coconut milk powder I had, then reconstituted with water. I also don't use canola oil, but had some walnut oil (I was hoping it might infuse some walnut flavor, but I didn't taste any). Beautiful, soft, devil's-food type cake is how I would describe this. We will definitely make it again!"

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bosque User ID: 2701275 269787
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2017

"Ana, how can you review a cake you having made yet? This cake is excellent .I always add 1 tbsp cider vinegar to milk in place of buttermilk. Put in the vinegar, then fill to 1 cup mark"

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genaveve User ID: 7882131 269405
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2017

"looking for the recipe"

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LindaMaria User ID: 8100205 263967
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

"Excellent cake! I made it for my grandson's birthday and everyone Loved it! It must be the buttermilk that makes it so moist!"

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Stella37073 User ID: 7967817 263265
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"Fantastic cake! I've made it now for a few years and it's my favorite. It's so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I make my own frosting for it but it's delicious all by itself also. Try it, you'll like it!"

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