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One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe (made from scratch!)

One of the easiest and most delicious cakes you will ever make. Our one bowl chocolate cake is so simple you truly will make it all in one bowl!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time33 mins
Total Time43 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cake, one bowl chocolate cake, one bowl dessert
Servings: 15
Calories: 314kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk *
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • frosting
  • sprinkles (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Mix in the oil, buttermilk, and eggs. Once the eggs are fully incorporated, pour in the hot water and mix well (your batter will seem runny, but I promise that it will work out!).
  • Grease a 9x13" baking pan and pour batter into pan. Bake for 33-38 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean- mine was done at 33 minutes). When the cake is completely cool, top with frosting and decorate with sprinkles (if so desired).


*Don’t have buttermilk? No worries! It’s simple to make your own!
Take one cup of milk and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the milk. Stir it up and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Use immediately.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg