Easy Cake Recipes: One Bowl Chocolate Cake

We have made many cake recipes on the blog. None have been quite as easy as this one bowl chocolate cake recipe we are sharing today. This is an easy cake recipe and makes a single 9-inch cake which is perfect for a family meal. While we love making a double layered Chocolate cake for birthdays, there is no reason you can have cake just to have cake. I think the trick to this easy cake recipe that keeps it so moist might the addition of the buttermilk. My husband said by far this was the best cake he has had.


I told you this was a one bowl mess and here is the bowl. You can’t say no to your children when they ask for cake if you have this recipe on hand!


With the addition of a few mini chocolate chip you take the chocolate cake to a new level.


I love that this one bowl cake recipe makes a single layer cake that is perfect for any occasion, even a Sunday Night family dinner. But no easy cake recipe is finished without an amazing frosting recipe.


No worries about dividing out your chocolate frosting between layers and having enough to cover the edges, with a single layer cake just plop it on and smooth it over.


If you dare not to lick any out of the bowl, you will have plenty for a thick layer over the ever moist cake.


No birthday here, but sprinkles really make every cake a little more festive. Don’t you just love easy cake recipes!


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Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Yield: 10 Slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

 Easy One Bowl Chocolate CakeA super moist chocolate cake that uses buttermilk for a easy cake recipe.


  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1/2 c low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c + 2 T white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c coffee
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 2 T soft butter
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder, preferably sifted
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c milk, or more (we used more buttermilk)



  1. Mix all ingredients up to Coffee until mixed well
  2. Add coffee and put into your greased 9 inch pan.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan for 10 mins and turn out onto a cooling rack until completely cool.
  6. Frost.

For Frosting

  1. Mix the first three ingredients, adding a splash of the milk to help them go together. Keep adding tiny splashes of milk until it gets to the consitencey you are looking for. Beat with a spoon till smooth.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 253Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 26mgSodium 251mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 36gProtein 3g

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  1. Anything that makes things just a little bit easier, is exactly what I am looking for. ANd who doesn’t love having cake around

  2. Well this is certainly a nice treat! I’d love to make a cake in ONE bowl! 🙂

  3. And now I want CAKE!! YUMMY! Looks great!

  4. This cake looks really gooey and yummy with those chocolate chips in it! 🙂

  5. Who can say no to chocolate cake? This looks so yummy, and I think I have pretty much all the ingredients on hand.

  6. What a great cake recipe! I love that you only use 1 bowl because normally I dirty a whole lot of dishes when I bake!!

  7. This cake looks divine!! I’ve never thought to make just one layer before. Yum!

  8. I love chocolate cake.. An easy chocolate cake? Even better 🙂

  9. Thanks Alison, one layered cakes this easy just tell your guests you are happy to have them at the table, even if its your family.

  10. Oh I want to see that recipe where there is one pan total

  11. Yes, the easier the better! The sprinkles make it look even more festive and fun. 🙂

  12. I’m all about things that can be made with only one pot or bowl!

  13. I love one bowl recipes. I hate cleaning up the most!

  14. I like how simple and easy this Recipe is .. you are so right! There is no special time for Cake .. There is nothing wrong with having Cake for the sake of cake 🙂

  15. Wow, I was in from the minute you said chocolate. By the time you added the chocolate chips, I was drooling!

  16. Oh my gosh, you had me at chocolate! I have a favorite chocolate cake recipe that gets mixed in the same pan it’s baked in, so I have even less clean up than with any other thing I bake. Makes me want to make it a little too often. 😉

  17. I’m all about simplicity in the kitchen! This is the perfect, easy to make, dessert recipe and my girls love ANYTHING with sprinkles!

  18. I love that you added chocolate chips to the mix. I need to try this one!

  19. I am not a big fan of chocolate (I know, I a am crazy), but when you added coffee, I knew I would like this. The ease of the cake is great too. Also, I love that it is made from scratch.

  20. sounds super easy to make and looks delicious! No one ever eats cakes in my house so I rarely bake though

  21. That sounds amazing. I love how easy this is to make.

  22. Pinned! 🙂 I’m all about simple and inexpensive recipes, especially ones full of chocolately goodness! And you’re right, cake is great any time! No celebration needed.

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