One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

one bowl chocolate cake
The Spruce
Ratings (85)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 24
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
138 Calories
2g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The joy of baking comes with just one downside: the mountain of dishes that awaits you at the end. Designed with that in mind, this ingenious recipe requires just one bowl to prepare a decadent layered chocolate cake.


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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch baking pans.

  3. Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Whisk by hand or with a mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed.

  4. Add the boiling water and mix. The batter will be thin.

  5. Pour the batter evenly into the pans.

  6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick, comes out clean from the center.

  7. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. You can then easily remove them from the pans and let completely cool on a wire rack.

  8. To assemble the cake, use any frosting or filling you like.