Friday, December 9, 2011

[ my one bowl chocolate cake ]

IT'S MY guy's birthday tomorrow so it's time for his usual chocolate birthday cake. I thought I'd share my recipe because it really is a heavenly cake that you won't be able to resist. And everything is done in one bowl which makes it really easy.

Lisa's one bowl chocolate cake
This is a delicious, moist, fudgey cake - it doesn't rise up super high since it's a bit denser than those ultra fluffy boxed mixes. But once you've tried this, you'll never make a mix again.

what you need

1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

how to

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 2 9" pans.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.

Stir in boiling water. Batter will be thin.

Pour evenly into prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to a rack to fully cool.

Rich chocolate frosting
Time to frost! If you are tight for time or lazy, you can always use some store-bought icing. But this icing is super good so it's worth trying:

what you need

1 cup butter softened
4 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk {or maybe a bit more}

how to

In large bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in icing sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add enough milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Makes plenty for a 2 layer cake. The longer you beat it, the creamier and fluffier it gets.

Frost and decorate as desired. If I'm not writing on the cake, I'll often put a few chocolate curls on top by running a potato peeler across a chocolate bar.




Privet and Holly said...

Happy Birthday
to Mr. Roy : ) !!!
Nothing says
L O V E like a
homemade chocolate
cake and this one
looks delish. Have
fun celebrating!

xx Suzanne

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh delicious! It's only 6:00 a.m. here and I'm thinking about cake. I thought those were bits of a flake on the top and I was jealous. We don't really get them here, such a shame.

Leanne said...

a little slice of that would go nice with my morning coffee i think :) hope mr has a lovely birthday...fluffy snow falling here today.xo

lei said...

Wow, I was recently wanting to come across a really nice homemade chocolate cake recipe, this looks awesome, I will try it soon.

Happy Birthday to your hubby and hope you enjoy celebrating here in Dubai :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your Fella!

This is close to the first cake I taught my daughter to make over 20 years ago! Old is always new again. Beautiful pictures!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Happy Birthday to your guy. I could eat some of that cake right now. YUM!

designchic said...

chocolate and one bowl...two of my favorite things!! Looks delish ~

classic • casual • home said...

This is magnificent. Lucky guy.


That cake looks amazing! Now you're making me crave chocolate cake...haha! Perfect timing too for this Christmas season!

PS: I am having a great Christmas giveaway, so stop by! You could win!



Looks good and if I was there, I would fight you to lick the bowl...:)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Birthday to your Hubby! That cake looks to die for.....
I hope he has a wonderful celebration!

PS can you use olive oil instead of vegetable?

Robynne's Nest said...

Oh I missed it...hope you had a lovely birthday...yesterday! You certainly have an action packed December don't you! Robx

flowers on my table said...

Hi Lisa, belated birthday greetings to your beloved! Your cake looks delish! Hope you have had a lovely weekend, love Linda x

Meagan said...

This looks so delicious - I suck at baking but will maybe give your recipe a go next time a birthday pops up!

annechovie said...

That looks amazing, Lisa! Thanks for the recipe and hope your husband had a great bday. Have a wonderful wknd. xx


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