One-Bowl Chocolate Cake


A sprinkling of powdered sugar is a quick topping for this simple single layer chocolate cake recipe. Feel free to fancy up your one-bowl chocolate cake with your favorite purchased frosting and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Chocolate Cake with powdered sugar dusting
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ¼ cup cooking oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x1-1/2-inch round or 8x8x2-inch baking pan.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan. Cool thoroughly on a wire rack. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar and transfer to a serving plate. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
20g Fat
66g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Protein 5g
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2.2mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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