How to Make a Simple Chocolate Cake

Virtually everyone likes chocolate cake. If you like simple recipes or are short of time why not make a simple chocolate cake. It's delicious, easy to make, and takes less than an hour from start to finish.


Simple chocolate cake:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (110g) self-rising flour
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/2 stick (60g) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup (125g) milk

Plain chocolate cake:

  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs

Method One of Two:
Simple chocolate cake

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. 2
    Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. 3
    Beat with an electric beater until the mixture is smooth.
    • Beat for around three minutes. This is a fairly wet mixture and the beating is important.
    • Beat through enough to make a smooth batter but not too much that the air is taken out.
  4. 4
    Pour into grease and base lined (baking paper on the bottom) cake tin.
  5. 5
    Bake for approximately 40 minutes at 325°F (160C) or until cooked when tested. Test by inserting a clean metal skewer into the centre of the cake and when the skewer is pulled out, it should be clean. If there is a sign of batter on the skewer, the cake is not fully cooked.
    • If the cake is still wet and/or moist when tested place back in the oven for another 5 - 10 minutes.
  6. 6
    Add frosting, sprinkles, and any other sorts of decoration.

Method Two of Two:
Plain chocolate cake

  1. 1
    Place the mixing bowl out on the bench.
  2. 2
    Pour the oil into the mixing bowl.
  3. 3
    Add the caster/superfine sugar to the oil.
  4. 4
    Mix to combine. The sugar will soak up the oil and won't mix completely.
  5. 5
    Add the cocoa, flour and baking powder to a separate mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  6. 6
    Crack the eggs into the oil mixture. Add the flour mixture. Mix to combine.
  7. 7
    Grease or line the baking pan/tin. Pour the batter into the pan. Place in the preheated oven to bake.
  8. 8
    Bake for half an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  9. 9
    Remove from the oven using oven mitts. Allow to cool on a wire cooling rack before serving.

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  • What can I put instead of eggs?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce to replace one egg.
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  • When you say oil, which oil are you talking about?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Vegetable oil and canola oil are both common options for baking because of their neutral flavor. Be careful with more flavorful oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil, because they can overpower the other flavors in your recipe.
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  • May I use sunflower oil?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes. I use sunflower oil or refined coconut oil in all my baking. As long as it isn't virgin or extra virgin it won't change the flavor.
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  • Does the size of the eggs matter?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Usually any medium to large size egg is fine. If the eggs are extremely small, use the double the amount the recipe calls for.
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  • What is cocoa powder?
    Answered by Caeiia, Top Answerer
    • It is the solid powder of the cocoa bean after the cocoa butter has been taken out.
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  • What is self-rising flour?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Self-rising flour is flour with baking powder added to it. It's common in some countries but not in others. If you don't have access to self-rising flour, you can make your own.
    Thanks! 2 3
  • I accidentally added extra virgin oil, what can I do?
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  • If you add too much flour then you can add a little milk or an egg. If it is too wet then add some flour.
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  • Wash your hands.
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  • Doesn't make too much batter.
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Things You'll NeedEdit

  • Method 1:
    • Bowl
    • Electric beater
    • Greased cake tin - 9"x9" (25cmx25cm) - size doesn't really matter so much
  • Method 2:
    • 2 mixing bowls
    • Mixing implement
    • Parchment paper
    • Cake tin/pan
    • Oven mitts
    • Toothpick
    • Wire cooling rack

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