|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 12 to 16|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This moist chocolate cake is an easy preparation that is mixed in one bowl. It's the perfect cake for a birthday, Valentine's day, or just about any special occasion. The cooled moist layers may be finished and decorated with just about any frosting, ganache, or icing you like.
Baking is enjoyable and the results are delicious, but cleaning up the mess isn't much fun. Designed with that in mind, this chocolate cake requires just one bowl. You'll need a few utensils and a vessel for boiling the water, but you'll find cleanup is a breeze.
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Tips for Making One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
- You'll have the most uniform layers if you weigh your batter. You should have approximately 46 to 48 ounces of batter, so pour about 23 to 24 ounces of batter into each pan.
- If your cocoa has lumps, measure it then sift it through a mesh sieve.
- Use a neutral flavored oil, such as grapeseed, canola, or vegetable oil.
- Add the boiling water slowly with the mixer on the lowest speed to avoid splashing.
"This one-bowl chocolate cake was just what you would want in a chocolate cake. It was chocolatey, moist, and had an excellent crumb texture. I finished it with vanilla buttercream, but chocolate frosting would be a perfect choice if you want even more chocolate flavor." —Diana Rattray
2 cups (400 grams) sugar
1 3/4 cups (227 grams) all purpose flour
3/4 cup (63 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural, not Dutch-process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch baking pans.
Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Whisk or mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed.
Carefully add the boiling water and mix. The batter will be thin.
Pour the batter evenly into the pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. You can then easily remove them from the pans and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
To assemble the cake, use any frosting or filling you like.
How to Store a Chocolate Layer Cake
- Cakes frosted with buttercream or ganache may be stored at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or refrigerated for up to 1 week. If the cake is frosted or filled with whipped cream, custard, or a cream cheese frosting, or if the frosting or filling contains fruit, it must be stored in the fridge and will last for 2 to 3 days.
- To freeze cake, place the cake (whole or slices) in the freezer. When the cake is frozen solid, wrap in plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Place in a zip-close food storage bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
- Bundt Cake: Grease and flour a 12-cup fluted cake pan. Prepare the batter as directed and bake in the preheated 350 F oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a rack. Let the cake cool completely; glaze or decorate as desired.
- One Layer: Pour the prepared batter into a greased and floured 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan—bake in the preheated 350 F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely and frost as desired.
- Three-Layer: Prepare the cake as directed, then divide the batter among 3 8-inch round cake pans and bake in the preheated 350 F oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove to racks to cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.
How long does a cake take to cool completely?
Ideally, a cake should cool for at least 2 hours before frosting.