Spoil Mom on Mother’s Day with this easy chocolate cake recipe that the kids can make!
Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to post a recipe for an easy chocolate cake that perhaps kids could make for their mom. I tried out a couple of recipes before making this post. I think my family is getting tired of chocolate cake!
First I tried a one bowl chocolate cake recipe. It was okay but could have had more chocolate flavour and tasted a bit of baking soda. I tried substituting some milk for some of the water and some melted butter for some of the oil. Not bad, but the cake was a bit drier and it still needed more chocolate flavour. Finally I tried adding more cocoa and reducing the flour, and substituting buttermilk for half of the water, to see if it would have better rise and texture, and leaving the amount of oil in the recipe. This was the winner! I decided to sift the dry ingredients together before adding then to the wet, so that they were well combined and there were no clumps in the batter. The cake had a good chocolate flavour and had an incredibly moist and tender crumb! I topped the cake with a simple chocolate frosting that complimented the cake well. I also had some raspberries on hand, so I topped the cake with some of those as well.
This recipe is for a single layer, 8 inch round cake, but you can easily double it for a 2 layer cake. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute regular milk mixed with 1 tsp of white vinegar. For the frosting, I put the butter both by volume and by weight, to make it easy to measure. If you are using salted butter, omit the pinch of salt in the frosting.
Just a reminder to either measure your flour by weight or to scoop your flour into the measuring cup to avoid adding too much.
Easy Chocolate CakeAn easy, moist chocolate cake that you can put together in less than 5 minutes! Serve with Quick Chocolate Frosting
- Heat oven to 350F
- Grease 8 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.
- Sift sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in medium bowl.
- In larger bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
- Add flour mixture and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Add boiling water and mix on medium speed to form a smooth batter.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.
- Let cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack to cool completely.
Quick Chocolate Frosting
- In medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, cocoa, vanilla, cream and salt.
- Add powdered sugar and mix on low to combine.
- Increase speed to medium high and whip until you have a smooth, spreadable frosting.
- Spread over top of cooled cake.
Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl.
Beat together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
Add flour mixture.
Mix for 2 minutes.
Add boiling water and mix on medium speed until you have a smooth batter.
Bake until tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Add butter, cream, cocoa, vanilla and salt to a medium bowl.
Mix until combined.
Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined.
Increase speed to medium high and whip until you have a smooth, spreadable frosting.
Spread frosting over the top of the cooled cake. Top with fresh raspberries if you’d like.
I forgot to take a picture of what the cake looked like when cut until this morning. The cake went fast, so there wasn’t a great slice to take a picture of and somebody ate all the raspberries!