Five Minute Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake
Diana Rattray
Ratings (54)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
311 Calories
12g Fat
46g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chocolate cake is a quick and easy preparation, and it can be baked as a rectangular single layer cake or a 2- or 3-layer cake. 

Use a purchased or homemade frosting for the cake.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 8 ounces
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water

Steps to Make It

Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan, two 9-inch layer cake pans, or three 8-inch layer cake pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda, and salt; stir or whisk to blend thoroughly. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Using a spoon, stir in boiling water until blended.

Pour the thin batter into the prepared baking pan(s).

Bake for about 35 minutes for a rectangular cake or 30 to 35 minutes for layers. A wooden pick inserted in center should come out clean. 

Cool for 10 minutes in pan on rack then remove from pan and cool completely.

Frost as desired.

Cake is shown with creamy butter frosting.

*Use a neutral flavor oil, such as canola, safflower, or grapeseed.