Whether you’ve got unexpected company or just a craving for sweets, this simple one bowl chocolate cake can be whipped up in under thirty minutes.
You know those days when you feel like you’ve exerted just about all the brainpower you can muster? Maybe you are studying for an exam, preparing for a big presentation at work, or the kids just drove you crazy. After it’s all over you are left with the feeling that someone has just scrambled your brains with an eggbeater.
Last Friday, I wrote my first public relations plan for a client completely on my own. Later that night, I sat on the couch wishing I had stopped at the liquor store for a bottle of red wine. I decided chocolate cake was the next best thing.
The One Bowl Chocolate Cake
I love this cake because it’s simple. All of the ingredients are items I normally keep on hand in my pantry, meaning I can treat myself to chocolate cake anytime I get the craving.
This cake also requires only one minute of mixing time, so leave your mixer in the cupboard if you are feeling lazy.
Egg Free and Dairy Free
Do you or a loved one have an egg or dairy allergy? Neither of those ingredients is required for this recipe. Indulge in a perfectly fudgy cake without the worry.
Perfect for Unexpected Company
I don’t have people drop by unannounced very often. But if you are in a bind and need to throw something together quickly, here is a great solution. It’s stands on its own just fine. You can serve it alongside ice cream, whipped cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour*
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup cold water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or a square 8 x 8 pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water. Mix until ingredients are just combined.
- Pour batter in to pan.
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.