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Quick and Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

There are times when we need chocolate. Chocolate cake.

I'm talking about rich, decedent, satisfying chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting! 

We are living one of those times we need cake. Practicing social distancing and staying at home due to the Corona Virus requires cake!
slice of one bowl chocolate cake
I know, I always preach healthy eating, but you all know I do indulge in yummy sweets, in moderation of course. Besides, cocoa is full of antioxidant flavanoids, is anti inflammatory and triggers feel good endorphins, so chocolate cake is practically a health food!

This is one of those times when we need the comfort of chocolate with all it's endorphin inducing power! 

There is an easy chocolate cake I have been making for years whenever the kids asked for a dessert or I needed to make something quick. I would make this chocolate cake as a one layer round cake with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. It was quick. It was easy. It was better than eating a store bought cake loaded with preservatives! 
cakes cooling in pans
The recipe I will show you will make a 2 layer cake. It can be made in two 8" round pans, two 9" round pans or one 9" x 13" pan

You only need one mixing bowl to whip up this chocolate cake.  Measure your ingredients and dump them in! I always use the large bowl that goes with my
 KitchenAid Stand mixer. It makes life so much easier. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can get one Amazon!

The ingredients are typical ingredients you may already have in the house.
one bowl chocolate cake ingredients
You can use whatever kind of milk you like in this recipe. It can be cow's milk in 1%, 2% or whole milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc. I wouldn't use skim milk though. I don't think skim it would create a satisfying cake. 

I use unbleached all purpose flour in this recipe. The flour doesn't need to be sifted. Just fluff it up with a fork before spooning it into a measuring cup. 

I have a gluten free version for my gluten free friends. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Raspberries

My daughter ordered these fun colorful measuring cups from Amazon.
colorful measuring cups
She said my old Tupperware measuring cups smell like onions.  I have to admit, these are much cuter than my old set of measuring cups and they are made of earth friendly bamboo.

Read my review on these Architec Purleast Ecosmart Measuring Cups 

Besides greasing and flouring the pans, I always cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan so the cakes come out perfectly without sticking to the pan. It's a disaster when the cake sticks and breaks apart!

eaten slice of one bowl chocolate cake
If you are using a 9" x 13" pan, you may want to leave the cake in the pan as an easy informal cake for the family. In that case, no parchment is needed in the bottom of the pan.

I have to show you one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. It's a shot glass to measure small amounts of liquid. It's perfect for measuring vanilla extract. I use it all the time!

measuring shot glass
Get it on Amazon!

I did a youtube video so you can see all the details to making this recipe!
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Click here to watch my Quick & Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe video on youtube

slice of one bowl chocolate cake eaten
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!!!

Okay, without further ado, here is the recipe for the chocolate cake followed by the chocolate buttercream recipe!

one bowl chocolate cake

Quick and Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Prep: 20 minutes, Bake: 30-35 minutes,  Servings: 12-16

This is a chocolate cake I whip up when we need cake in a hurry! It is based on a recipe I saw years ago in a magazine. No sifting. One bowl. Easy! You can bake it as a sheet a cake in a 9" x 13" pan or make it a layer cake in two 8" or 9" pans.

2 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup cocoa (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups milk of your choice (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
2/3 cup oil, neutral tasting oil such as canola
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

Pre heat your oven to 350° F. Grease and flour your 9" x 13" or 2 round pans, either 8” or 9”. Then, add parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pans for perfect cake removal.

In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to blend.

Add milk, oil and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine the ingredients. Then, beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.

Add one egg and mix on low till blended. Add the second egg then beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour into your prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Bake until a wooden toothpick come out clean. Clean means there is no raw batter sticking on the toothpick.

Cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pans (or leave in the 9" x 13" pan if desired). Allow the cakes to cool completely on the wire racks.

Finish with frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar.   

Now you will need the frosting (aka icing) recipe for the delicious One Bowl Chocolate Buttercream! 

one bowl chocolate buttercream frosting

One Bowl Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prep: about 10 minutes

This chocolate frosting makes the one bowl chocolate cake super rich and chocolaty! Reduce the cocoa to 1/3 cup for a lighter chocolate flavor if you choose. This recipe makes about 2 cups of frosting. I use one cup for the middle between the two layers of cake and one cup for the top of the cake.

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ cup cocoa (unsweetened)
2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
Dash or two of salt
1/3 cup milk of your choice (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the butter to the mixing bowl and beat till creamy.

Add ½ of the cocoa powder and a bit of milk. Mix on low speed until blended. Add the other ½ of cocoa power and another splash of milk. Mix on low until blended.

Add 1/3 of confectioner’s sugar and a bit of milk. Mix on low until blended. Add another 1/3 of confectioner’s sugar and a bit of milk. Mix on low until blended. Add last 1/3 of confectioner’s sugar and the rest the of milk. Mix until blended. More milk can be added if frosting seems too thick.

Add vanilla extract and beat on high speed for about 5 minutes until frosting is fluffy.

It's quick, easy and delicious!!! 

I hope you enjoy this cake and frosting as much as we do!

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