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I was forever looking for a quick and easy chocolate cake recipe until I discovered this one!

I love simplicity, but I also love receiving compliments when it comes to producing something from the kitchen. So, this easy chocolate cake recipe is a divine combination of both!

Before I continue, please accept my apologies for the photo! I was all set to decorate and style the cake beautifully for the photoshoot, but oh my word, this cake had not even cooled off properly, before the first slice was cut. And before you know it, my photo opportunity was gone!!


Chocolate fixes everything!

Easy Chocolate Cake Single Layer Recipe Quick

PREP TIME: 15 mins

BAKING TIME: 45 mins



Sweet Stuff!

Ingredients to make this easy chocolate cake...

  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 75 ml cacao
  • 1 cup cake flower
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 + ⅔ cups Ideal Milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Easy Chocolate Cake Single Layer Recipe Sweet Stuff

How to make an easy single-layer chocolate cake…

First things, first. PREHEAT your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

So, let’s chat through the recipe. The prep time will take you around 15 minutes.

Step 1:  Mix…

  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 4 egg yellows
  • 1 cup sugar
Easy Chocolate Cake Single Layer Recipe Quick Sweet Stuff Egg whites

Step 2: Once done, mix the 4 egg whites in the mixer until firm, and keep it on one side for later use.

Step 3: To get the chocolate flavor mix 75ml cacao with ½ cup boiling water, until smooth. Allow it to cool down a bit. (I gave it about 5 minutes to cool down.)

Step 4: Add 1 cup cake flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder to the oil mixture.

Step 5: Add the cacao mixture and fold the egg whites into the almost ready-to-bake mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes at 180°C.

How to make the chocolate cake's sauce

And here comes the secret!  This cake recipe has a sauce that you will pour over the cake the moment the cake is done baking. Pour the sauce slowly so it filters into the cake evenly.

For the sauce you need to bring to boil (a minute before the cake is ready):

  • 1 + ⅔ cups Ideal Milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

And that’s it! A very tasty, super yummy, and super easy chocolate cake!

Optional creative ideas...

This cake is delicious as is. And what’s more,  I’ve served it as is whilst getting great reviews. However, if you want to add a quick splash so it looks a bit posher, I have an idea or two you may want to do… And it’s just as easy as baking the cake.

Easy Chocolate Cake Single Layer Recipe Sweet Stuff chocolate icing decorating ideas

Here, our easy chocolate cake is all dollied up with chocolate icing. 

Easy Chocolate Cake Single Layer Recipe Sweet Stuff chocolate flakes decorating ideas

Spread a thin layer of caramel on top, and dolly it up with chocolate flakes. (Cadbury’s Flakes work wonders too!)

Ingredients to make chocolate icing in just 5 minutes...

  • 1 cup soft icing mixture
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 40g salted butter
  • 1 tbsp milk

Mix it...

  1. Sift your dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the butter and milk and mix it all at low speed using your electric mixer.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth, increase the speed to medium for a further 2 minutes.

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A last word or two...

Drop us a line or two, on Facebook, to tell us about your most favorite cake recipe(s). Especially those that were passed on from generation to generation. Grandma’s cooking remains tops! I’ll catch you on Facebook.