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The Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake covered in chocolate buttercream and raspberries

This is a cake I made to take around to my mother-in-law’s for her birthday back in June. We were all invited for a family afternoon tea at her house. She always makes the most amazing Cherry Amours (I must get the recipe from her some time!) and she had also made scones too, so taking my chocolate cake on top of all that sugar may have been a step too far!

I’m Tim’s biggest nightmare!

I’m not very good at time management. In fact I’m hopeless. I’m late for everything and as Tim always says I have “add ons”, meaning that when we plan to do anything I always want to add on something. When I decided to make this cake I only had an hour and half to bake/decorate the cake, shower & dress and get Darcey ready to go to her friends party, wrap the present and get her to write the card! One serious ‘add on’! I originally wanted to make a cheesecake but Tim had to stop me. I really couldn’t do that in the time and chill it!

Chocolate cake in a hurry.

Needless to say this is the perfect recipe to bash out a quick cake when you’re in a hurry. As the title suggests, all the ingredients are put in the bowl at the same time, mixed up, popped in a tin (or for real speed a silicon pan- no lining or oiling necessary!) and throw it in the oven. Twenty five minutes later it’s done!

One Bowl Chocolate cake Ingredients

125g butter – at room temperature

125g caster sugar

125g self raising flour

2 eggs – at room temperature

4 tbsp cocoa powder

1 teasp baking powder

1 tbsp milk

1 tea sp vanilla extract

Raspberries to decorate


250g butter – at room temperature

450g icing sugar

2 drops of vanilla essence

2 tbsp cocoa powder. (I like my buttercream to be very chocolatey, so if you want a more subtle taste – or your cake is for kids, use just 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, then taste test the buttercream and add more as desired.

How to make the one bowl chocolate cake

Heat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) and line and oil two 8″ sandwich tins.

Place all the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Sieve all the dry ingredients into the bowl then mix until well blended. Avoid over mixing.

Pour the mixture into the cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes. This is a really light cake so you will see that it’s done by the edges shrinking away from the sides of the tin or a finger print bounces back instantly when touched.

While the cake is baking make the buttercream. Start by sieving the sugar and cocoa powder together. Add the butter and vanilla essence and mix well. If the mixture is too stiff add one small splash of milk at a time and keep mixing until it is just right.

Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out of the tin and placing it on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Add the buttercream to the centre of the cake then using a large pallet knife cover the outside top and sides. Use an upwards motion to cover it easily. Finish off with fresh raspberries.

This cake went down pretty well but then again so did Nanny Ali’s scones and cherry amours!


p.s. I am aware that there have been a lot of chocolate recipes on here lately! Anyone would think that I like chocolate!!!!!!

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  1. Emma McKeown says:

    Looks lovely! I do a one bowl chocolate cake and everyone loves that … I am always keen to try other recipes though. I normally put chocolate fudge filling in my chocolate cakes… icing sugar, carnation milk, butter, cocoa and vanilla extract. It is absolutely yummy and I have put it inside my decorated fondant cakes. Do you ever use a similar filling and if so how long would you say it is safe unrefrigerated? I am always wondering what fillings to use in cakes .. have you got a favourite carrot cake one that isn’t cream cheese for instance? Again problems with not being able to refrigerate. Thanks for all the help and tips – it is so helpful to us ‘home’ bakers. Emma

  2. This looks amazing and sounds so easy too. I’m definitely going to try it! Yuuuummmmm!

  3. igetakickoutofyou says:

    An add on indeed! Can u make that 4 me when u have 5 mins spare! Wonderwoman! Cx

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      Only if you come round and help me eat it!

      1. igetakickoutofyou says:

        You’re on! x

  4. I really love one bowl recipe for desserts, I’ll definitely give this amazing recipe a try asap xD

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      It’s so quick and easy! I’m making it again tomorrow for Darcey’s 6th birthday. This will be her third birthday cake this year! She has more birthday’s than the queen!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


  5. Cheryl Mathew says:

    Quick and easy! I’m sure it must be yummy! I too am a hobby baker.

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      It is quick and easy but I still find myself creaming the butter and sugar together first. I think it’s because my kitchen in so cold the butter won’t blend in otherwise!


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