One Bowl Cake

In the last year, I have fallen into this new obsession with baking. December and January saw me baking non-stop and surprisingly, most of the experiments turned out edible! There is this one cake, which has a very minimum fuss and uses just basic ingredients, but turns out to be yummy! Its Chocolate of course. Its called "One Bowl Cake" but I usually use two bowls to make it.

The original recipe, from allrecipes.com calls for more oil, whereas i usually use butter or a mix of oil and butter for a richer taste. Also, I cut down on the sugar as I don't like my cakes too sweet.

Here's the original recipe

Here's my version;

One Bowl Cake
To be made in 2 nine inch round pans.


1 1/2 cups white 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 buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, add 1 tbsp vinegar and milk to make a cup and let it stand for 10 minutes)
1/2 cup butter (you can substitute with vegetable oil, or half oil half butter)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water + 1 tsp coffee powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans. If you are going to ice the cake, then 2 pans make it easy, however, like me, if you are too bored to bother with icing most days, just make it in a larger pan. It will be a bigger cake, but who cares!. I have this large round aluminum pan which I use, it is not a cake pan, so I cannot tell you the exact dimensions.
  • In a large bowl, sieve the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • In another bowl, add the sugar, eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix till sugar melts somewhat. 
  • Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. It might take some additional time to completely incorporate the two ingredients, so you can increase mixing time to 3 -4 mins also. Stir in the boiling water and coffee last. The batter will be very thin, don't worry. Pour evenly into the prepared pans. 
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. If you are using a single pan, increase time to 40-45 minutes. If the top starts getting very brown, make a tent of aluminum foil over it and continue baking.
  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 
Enjoy! This cake works well with most icings. You can do a basic butter-cream or just dust it with powdered sugar and dig in!