Simple One Pan Chocolate Cake
This Simple One Pan Chocolate Cake recipe serves up to eight people and is so easy to make, you’ll want to do it at least once a week. Because it might seem more convenient, you might be tempted to buy chocolate cake mixes at the grocery store instead. This chocolate cake recipe, however, only takes a short time to make, and it’s well worth it. If you take a moment to check out ingredients labels on cake mixes, you’ll see that there are a number of questionable additives. The Environment Working Group (EWG) has taken the time to analyze over 80,000 food product labels, and many chocolate cake mixes did not fare very well. Basing their scores on processing, ingredient, and nutritional concerns, the EWG has given most cake mixes on the market a score of 10, which is the worst score possible. Our grandmothers knew much better than us, making healthier dessert recipes like this one from scratch – it’s the best way to know what we’re eating and feeding our families, and nothing beats the flavour of a fresh home-cooked meal.*
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1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or cream (or milk)
Optional Chocolate Drizzle:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Have ready an 8-inch square baking pan.
Place the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into the pan and stir to combine the ingredients.
Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork or whisk to combine. Smooth out the batter.
Place into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack.
Once completely cooled, frost.
Place the confectioners' sugar and butter into a small mixing bowl and using an electric mixer beat until combined. Add the vanilla and beat in. Add 1/2 tablespoon of cream and beat in. You want a nice spreading consistency. If you need more cream, then add and beat in.
In a small double boiler on low heat, melt the chocolate chips until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool a little then place into a piping bag and drizzle onto the iced cake.
Note: you can also use a baggie with a small tip cut off the corner to form a piping bag.
Spread the frosting on the cake.
Pipe on the chocolate garnish if desired.
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Nutrition Facts for: Simple One Pan Chocolate Cake From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, water, vegetable oil, white vinegar, vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar, butter, heavy cream, chocolate chips.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 9 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 463, Calories from Fat 200, Total Fat 22.2g 34%, Saturated Fat 10.6g 53%, Cholesterol 32mg 11%, Sodium 350mg 15%, Potassium 100mg 3%, Carbohydrates 65.1g 22%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 46.8g, Protein 3.5g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 3%, Iron 8%
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