One Bowl Chocolate Cake

This recipe was a firm favourite in my home while growing up. As kids we loved making this cake, as it's so easy, there's no mess and it tastes delicious.

Plus, the fact that there's vinegar in the cake makes it a really interesting talking point around the dinner table. Don't stress - you can't taste it.

Top it with a delicious fudgy chocolate buttercream and any decorations of your choice

cake on white plate




  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar – regular or castor sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda  aka baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar – apple cider or spirit vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 cups of cold water



  • Preheat the oven to 180 deg C.
  • Grease or “spray and cook” a 30cm cake pan, ceramic dish or roasting pan.

Anything works.  Just make sure that it can be used in the oven and that you grease it lightly.

  • Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, sugar and cocoa together.
  • Make three wells in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the oil into one well, the vinegar into the second well, and the vanilla into the third well.
  • Pour cold water over all, and stir well with a fork.
  • Bake  for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Every oven is different so take the baking time into consideration.
  • Frost with your favourite icing. 

See below for a delicious chocolate frosting recipe.


No need to take the cake out of the baking pan and make more dishes.  Just cut it straight out of the pan and enjoy!


Easier cake topping options:
  1. Top the cake off with some caramel treat
  2. Whip up some cream and cover the cake with.
  3. Melt some chocolate and drizzle over the cake
  4. Custard

Chocolate Frosting

bundt chocolate cake


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence



  1. Melt your butter in a pan over a medium-low heat.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and whisk in.
  3. Cook for about 2 minutes but don’t let it boil.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Add the sifted icing sugar and mix until it’s all combined.
  6. Add the vanilla and milk, one tablespoon at a time. If you don’t use all the milk that’s fine.
  7. The frosting should be shiny and smooth. Pour over warm cake and spread with a spatula. Let cool before cutting.


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I can’t wait to see all your amazing baking!


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