Delicious, Easy, Basic Chocolate Cake Recipe

Delicious easy basic chocolate cake

Hmmm…so I think that when it comes to my blog, you’re going to have to imagine that you have the hands of a girl that has a height of 4’11” so that you can figure out what measurements I used. This cake was so good. Not overly sweet, but chocolate-ly and extremely moist. And I only needed one bowl to mix everything together.

The reason why I don’t have measurements is because I got a random craving for chocolate cake, but didn’t want a lot leftover, so Patrick suggested that I just try and make a small one. So what happened was me throwing things in a bowl until it looked like a cake batter, and it worked!

Keep in mind that this is a small cake. I baked it in an 8” round cake pan that is about 1-2” Deep.



Oil (I used Canola)- ¼-1/2 cup

Splash of vanilla extract

1 Egg

Brown Sugar – Handful

White granulated sugar – Handful

Cocoa powder – 6-8 TBS

Cake Flour – ½ – ¾ Cup

Big sprinkle of baking powder

Sprinkle of salt

Tiny splash of vinegar (1/2 TSP)

2 heaping spoons of sour cream

Boil water (depends on your batter, but keep ½ cup available. Read below in Now What? For more information.)

Now What?

Heat an oven to 350 degrees.

Get a bowl big enough for all of these ingredients, and big enough so that when you mix things, nothing will spill over. In the order that I listed each ingredient, put in each ingredient and mix well before adding the next ingredient. I.e. put in the oil, put in vanilla, mix, put in egg, mix, put in brown sugar, mix, and so on. When you get up to the boiling water part, what you want to do is add it in TBS by TBS until the cake batter is smooth and flows like a normal cake batter. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake for 11 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Because it is thin, you can serve as a single layer for a small dessert, or layer them on top of each other with different fillings and toppings. I made up a plate for Patrick with salted caramel gelato, and I had mine with just some powdered sugar. I think it would be wonderful if you layered cake, fresh whipped cream, cake, fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of strawberry sauce or fresh blueberries. Or you could do a take on a blackout cake by layering with chocolate pudding and topping with a chocolate fudge frosting. Yummy!

Joyce Huang

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