Simple Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
501 Calories
20g Fat
78g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 501
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 5g
Calcium 65mg 5%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a one bowl cake, topped with a rich chocolate frosting. I think that the best chocolate cakes have a combination of chocolate and cocoa powder. The chocolate adds richness and moisture to the cake, and the cocoa adds a wonderful velvety consistency.

Since the frosting is cooked, it is very creamy and smooth; the sugar dissolves into the hot butter and chocolate mixture. Make sure that you use unsweetened, or baking chocolate in this recipe; semisweet chocolate will be too sweet.


  • For the Cake:
  • 3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup water (heated)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • A pinch of salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch pan with a nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan, melt 3 squares of the chocolate and 2/3 cup butter in the hot water and bring to a boil.

  4. Remove from the heat and add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Mix well with a wire whisk or eggbeater.

  5. Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour into the prepared 13- x 9-inch pan.

  6. Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top springs back when touched with a fingertip.

  7. Make the frosting: In a heavy saucepan, melt 2 squares of the chocolate and 1/3 cup butter together.

  8. Add the powdered sugar, milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and a pinch of salt and beat well. You may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency. The frosting should be just barely pourable.

  9. When the cake comes out of the oven, let cool for 15 minutes, then beat the frosting again and pour onto the cake.

  10. Spread the frosting, and let the cake cool. Cut into squares to serve.