4.53 from 17 votes
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This One Bowl Chocolate Cake is nearly as easy to make as a boxed mix. This simple, classic recipe results in a perfect chocolate cake every time!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 460 kcal
Ingredients
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup very hot water
Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces 4 cups powdered sugar, or as needed to reach desired consistency
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts optional
Instructions
  1. For the Cake:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13" x 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat in eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add hot water and mix until combined. Batter will be quite thin.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before frosting.
  4. For the Frosting:Melt butter in a large saucepan over MEDIUM heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, buttermilk and vanilla. Turn heat to LOW and whisk in powdered sugar until you've reached desired consistency. It should be thick but pourable. Continue whisking vigorously until smooth. Stir in chopped nuts, if using.
  5. Immediately pour frosting over cake and use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread it out evenly over the surface. Allow to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving the cake.
Nutrition Facts
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 311mg14%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.