Chocolate cake in a pinch. Sounds too good to be true, but this one is straight-up the simplest chocolate cake recipe ever! I guarantee you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, and the mess is minimal, as you mix everything together in the pan that you bake it in.
The idea for this recipe came from Everyday Food. I altered it slightly, adding more cocoa, less salt, and omitting the cold water, instead adding a cup of cold coffee, because coffee adds more depth and flavor to chocolate cake. Plus, it gave me another opportunity to use my favorite new kitchen helper, Starbucks VIA. I plan to revisit this again, and try to improve it even more.
It popped out of the pan very nicely, without leaving anything behind, which was a plus, however, it lacked that deep fudgy chocolatey flavor that I love. It was great for the amount of time and effort it took, still, miles better than a box cake, but stay tuned, I'll be working on it.
Here's how I did it:
Lazy Sunday Chocolate Cake
by Dulce Doll
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp. best quality cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 packet Starbucks VIA dissolved in 1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a 9-inch square baking dish, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients. Whisk together until well combined, making sure to check right to the bottom of the pan for dry ingredients stuck in corners.
Bake 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from pan.
Frost with your choice of icing, or just eat it right out of the pan! I used some leftover Coffee Buttercream that I had in the freezer. Enjoy!
Makes about 8 (or 1) servings.
* To follow up, I was too quick to judge this cake! It was totally fudgy and moist the next day.