One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

 

My favourite memories of my birthday when I was a kid aren’t of the presents I received, but the special birthday cakes my mom made for me (she still makes me one by the way). One of the most memorable was a cake shaped like an umbrella and iced in pastel colors – mauve, yellow, pink and white. I don’t think it was so much the cake itself, but the time that she put into it just for me that made me feel special.

This past week we celebrated the Mini Taste Tester’s birthday. It was fun to see him laughing, playing and making memories with his friends and family all around him.

It is my goal to continue the tradition of making birthday cakes for our boys. I hope that they will feel as special as I did getting a cake made especially for them. The theme for the Mini Taste Tester’s cake was pretty simple to pick this year. He is LOVING all things superhero!

The cake recipe was also an easy choice. My recipe card says that Mom got this One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe from her cousin Lynn in 1966. It’s tried and true and the only birthday cake recipe I have ever used. It is super simple and has never failed me.  The cake turns out moist, perfectly chocolatey and makes almost no mess.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat ingredients on low speed (or even pulsing) until dry ingredients are mostly incorporated.
  4. Continue to beat on high for 3 minutes.
  5. Bake in a 9×13 pan for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Notes:

  • This recipe can also be used to make 12 cupcakes or two 8″ rounds and it doubles easily.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

The batter is super simple to make and takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare.  

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

For this birthday cake, I used a 12×12 pan so doubled the recipe for each layer.  

That’s a lot of cake!  

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Baking took approximately 30 minutes in the larger pan.  

Once the layers were cooled, I froze them so they would be easier to ice.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

For the icing, I used the Wilton Buttercream Icing.  It’s not overly sweet and is the perfect texture for decorating.

It took about 3 batches to cover this cake!!  I won’t show the pictures of the mess.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Captain America in his corner.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Ironman shooting a ‘repulser blast’

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Hulk Smash!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Falcon ready to soar…

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Perfectly moist, chocolately and ready for ice cream.  Mmm… Mmm… Good!

Author:  Red Dish Kitchen

One Bowl Chocolate Cake
 
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This recipe is tried and true and the only birthday cake recipe I have ever used. It super simple and never fails. The cake turns out moist, perfectly chocolatey and makes almost no mess.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat ingredients on low speed (or even pulsing) until dry ingredients are mostly incorporated.
  4. Continue to beat on high for 3 minutes.
  5. Bake in a 9x13 pan for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Notes
This recipe can also be used to make 12 cupcakes or two 8" rounds and it doubles easily.

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2 Comments

  1. Laura Kruse says:

    what did you do to get the red icing so vibrant. it’s a beautiful shade. mi e bever turns out that way. absolutely love that cake

    • Hi Laura! Thanks so much for your comment. I used gel colour for all of the colours in this cake. They are much more vibrant than regular liquid colour. The brand I use is AmeriColor. Happy cake making! 🙂

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