Skip to Content

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

A tender and delicious chocolate cake recipe, prepared using only one bowl, which is sure to knock your socks off. It’s so soft, and succulent.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe


Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Cake Recipe

If you’ve been looking for an easy cake dessert, then look no further. It doesn’t get any easier than this One-Bowl Chocolate Cake. Ditch the box mix for this simple purely homemade recipe.

This is for those days you need an emergency dessert or are just really pining over a chocolate cake.

Ingredients For Chocolate Cake Recipe:

  • Flour – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, but in case you’re wanting to use the gluten free kind, try to find one that can be a substitute while maintaining the proportions.
  • Sugar – Use granulated white sugar.
  • Cocoa powder – Try to get the most flavorful kind you can find. It the source of all the chocolaty deliciousness. To be safe, use Dutch-processed cocoa.
  • Baking soda and baking powder – The mix of these two gives your cake that perfect volume and rise to bake perfectly.
  • Buttermilk – You can make yours by mixing half and half milk and lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Egg – Ties all your components together.
  • Oil – You can use olive oil, vegetable, canola oil.
  • Hot water – Helps your cake stay soft and dewy. Coffee too is good at elevating the chocolate taste.

Chocolate Cake Recipe

How to make a one-bowl chocolate cake?

    1. Put your flour into a measuring cup and smooth out the top. Try not to plunge your cup into the bag to avoid picking up too much flour. Use a spoon instead.

    2. Prepare all your dry components and combine everything together.

    3. Pour in your wet components and use a whisk to combine into an even batter with no flour chunks.

    4. Cover a round or an 8-inch square baking sheet in foil or parchment paper and transfer in your batter. Get rid of any remaining air bubbling by carefully patting the bottom of the sheet on the counter, and cook for 25 to 30 minutes in your oven.

    5. Poke with an uncooked spaghetti noodle or a toothpick to check if it’s cooked. Now make your frosting.

    6. You won’t have to buy any box mix after this. All you need to do is measure your components out and combine them in a bowl together to get your batter. Don’t stress if it comes out watery, it will cook to perfection in your oven.

How to make fudgy chocolate frosting?

Prepare your frosting by melting your butter in a saucepan and mixing in the cocoa powder using a whisk. Pour in your milk, powered sugar, and vanilla for a shiny and smooth glaze. Lay it out on your cake while still hot.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe


Don’t lose this delicious recipes:

  • Granny Cake Recipe
One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A tender and delicious cake, prepared using only one bowl, which is sure to knock your socks off. It’s so soft, and succulent.


For the cake:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • ½ cup of hot water

For the frosting:

  • 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and ¼ cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Cover a round or an 8-inch square pan in foil or parchment paper. Put that to the side.
  2. Turn on your oven to 350 F.
  3. Combine your sugar, baking powder, flour, soda, salt, and cocoa in a bowl using a whisk.
  4. Pour in your buttermilk, egg, and oil and stir. Drizzle in your hot water and mix until your batter is even.
  5. Transfer into your lined pan. Pat the bottom carefully on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
  6. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes in your oven, or to the point when your toothpick comes out clean when poked into the cake.
  7. Allow to chill while you prepare your frosting.
  8. Start your frosting by melting butter on medium low heat in a saucepan.
  9. Stir in your cocoa powder. Simmer for 2 minutes, don’t bring to boil. Turn the heat off.
  10. Sift your powdered sugar and mix it in. Spoon in your milk slowly and add vanilla. Your glaze is going to be soft and glossy.
  11. Drizzle over you cake while still warm and lay out using a spatula. Allow to chill before slicing.


  • If you want to make your own buttermilk, combine 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with whole or half and half milk to get half a cup of buttermilk.
  • To avoid lumps in your glaze, sift your powdered sugar,
  • Depending on the products you're using, the nutrients may differ. You can use a calorie counter to monitor your calories.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 4g

Sos Recipes is not staffed by nutritionists or dietitians, and any provided nutritional information is an approximation. If calorie count and nutritional value are crucial to you, we suggest inputting the ingredients into your preferred online nutritional calculator. The actual calorie and nutritional content may differ based on the brands used.

Tried this Recipe!? Pin it for Later!

Make sure to follow on Pinterest @sosrecipesofficial and on Instagram @sos_recipes !!

Skip to Recipe