One Pan Chocolate Cake

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This is my grandmother’s one pan chocolate cake recipe! The chocolate is dense, the frosting is scrumptious and I am sure this will become your go-to cake recipe. Especially since you make it directly in the pan.

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This recipe brings back a lot of great memories.

I have to share something. Although I’ve named this chocolate cake recipe after my grandmother Clara, who introduced us to it, I found out a few years ago that this wasn’t really Clara’s cake recipe. It came off of the back of a bag of flour!

Say what?

I thought my Nana developed the best chocolate cake ever.

If someone wants to make me a cake for my birthday, this is the cake I request because it’s moist, delicious and the frosting is so fabulous!

One of the things I love about this cake is it’s moist from the get-go but as it rests overnight, it gets even more moist. One of the things I loved to do when I was growing up was scraping the bottom of the pan to get that little layer of moist goodness.

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Helpful tips

  • The holes that you make in the flour aren’t really necessary but I’ve always done it this way
  • When you mix with a fork, make sure the scrape the corners and sides to get all the flour mixed
  • I take my fork and squish it towards the bottom of the pan as well to get all the ingredients incorporated
  • Wait until the cake is completely cooled before frosting it

How to make one pan chocolate cake

Pre-pre-step

Make the frosting 1/2 hour before starting the cake recipe. See recipe.

Pre-step

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get out a 9 x 9 pan, but don’t grease it.

Step one

Add flour to the pan. (A)

Step two

Add sugar. (B)

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Step three

Add cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. (C)

Step four

Take a fork and mix all the ingredients together. (D)

Left - cocoa powder and baking powder added to the pan. Right - the dry ingredients mixed with a forkPin

Step five

With the fork, make 4 holes in the dry ingredients.

Step six

Carefully pour the oil in the holes. (E)

Step seven

Add apple cider vinegar and vanilla in the holes. (F)

Left - oil poured into four holes in the pan. Right - vanilla added to the holes in the panPin

Step eight

Add water. (G)

Step nine

Take a fork and mix it all together being careful to get the edges and don’t leave any dry ingredients behind. (H)

The reason you use a fork is it makes it so easy to get those corners.

Left - water added to the other ingredients in the pan. Right - the mixed batter in the panPin

Step ten

Bake for 30 minutes, use a cake tester and if not done, cook for 3 more minutes.

Step eleven

Wait until the cake is fully cooled before frosting it.

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All that is left is to cut a piece and serve it.

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Time for its close up.

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I hope you enjoyed this one pan chocolate cake recipe.

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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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One Pan Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is so moist and delicious. It's a family favorite.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Desserts
Keyword: chocolate cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 297kcal

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water

Frosting

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In the pan add all the dry ingredients, use a fork to mix them together
  • Make 4 holes in dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the holes
  • Use the fork to mix the batter, making sure the flour is totally incorporated. Especially around the edges
  • Place in oven for 30 minutes

Make Frosting

  • In a saucepan, add the flour and milk. Turn the heat on medium and using a whisk incorporate the flour into the milk until it thickens and the mixture pulls away from the sides. It takes around 5 minutes or less
  • Place saucepan into the refrigerator to cool for 10 minutes
  • Take out of fridge and add the softened butter, sugar and vanilla and beat it for 5 minutes minimum until it’s nice and creamy
  • Place in fridge until cake is cooled
  • Frost cake
  • Plate a piece
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

If you want a 13 X 9 cake, then double all the ingredients, including the frosting.
Helpful tips
  • The holes that you make in the flour aren’t really necessary but I’ve always done it this way
  • When you mix with a fork, make sure the scrape the corners and sides to get all the flour mixed
  • I take my fork and squish it towards the bottom of the pan as well to get all the ingredients incorporated
  • Wait until the cake is completely cooled before frosting it

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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  1. I’ve never seen cake batter mixed directly in the pan. That looks like fun with the baking soda and vinegar! This cake looks absolutely delicious. 🙂