One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

When it comes to desserts, cakes especially, I want easy and quick. That’s why I often reach for my crumb bars or cheesecake bars recipes. Easy is where it’s at. This One-Bowl Chocolate Cake is just that! You need it in your go-to recipes file.

 It’s as easy as box mix but made from scratch. The fudgy frosting made in a saucepan with just a whisk is out of this world and complements the cake perfectly. You have to try it!

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

A rich and decadent moist chocolate cake made in just one bowl. The fudgy frosting is irresistible!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake
Servings: 9 pieces
Calories: 388 kcal


for the cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk see note
1/2 cup hot water
for the frosting:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1.25 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Line an 8" square or round cake pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add egg, oil, and buttermilk and whisk well. Add hot water and whisk until the batter is smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Tap gently against the counter to release any air bubbles.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes OR until the toothpick inserted in few places comes out clean.
Cool and make frosting in the meantime.
To make the frosting, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk in. Cook for 2 minutes. Do not boil. Remove saucepan from heat. Add sifted powdered sugar and whisk in. Add vanilla and milk, one tablespoon at a time. The frosting should be shiny and smooth. Pour over warm cake and spread with a spatula. Let cool before cutting.
Recipe Notes
To make homemade buttermilk: whisk 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with enough whole milk or half and half to make 1/2 cup of liquid.
Sifting powdered sugar prevents clumps in the frosting.

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