One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

The Spruce
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 24
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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. Now comes the real question: Which bowl will do the honors?

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  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.

  1. 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.

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


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 138
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Sodium 221 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)