One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

Okay, it’s no secret that I don’t bake from scratch with the majority of my cake decorating ventures, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to bake from scratch or that I can’t bake from scratch.

I’ve been accused of that by the way – not really being a baker at all because I use cake mixes.  Um, those have to be baked too people.  Just sayin’.

But seriously, I just do what works for me and most often in my cake decorating business, that means doctored up cake mixes.  I’m happy and my clientss are happy, so I’m not sure why others have such a beef with it.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownies and Ganache

Anyway, that aside, my best friend Kathy recommended this One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe to me way back in 2011 (I know because I still have the email) and it’s been my most favorite from-scratch chocolate cake recipe ever since.

It’s so super moist and delicious!  And easy… you literally only mess up one bowl for the entire recipe.  Better yet, it’s never failed me a single time!!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Just last week Kathy and I were talking about how there are certain from-scratch recipes that work perfectly one time and totally flop the next and there’s never any way to know when you’ll have a success or failure.  This cake is not like that.  It has always worked for me!

I’ve made it as a sheet cake, round cakes and cupcakes and it’s always perfection!  For this particular cake pictured, I double the recipe, used some for cupcakes and then baked three 8″ round cakes to stack up and layer!  Normally it’ll only be enough batter for two 8″ or 9″ round pans, or one 9″x13″ sheet cake.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

My favorite way to eat this cake is just to top it off with poured ganache and call it a day because it’s simply delicious and perfect that way.  But the day I made this cake for these pics, I chose to make some more Brownie Batter Frosting to put on top of it.

And then I added some cubed up brownies (leftover brownie mix from the frosting put to good use).  And then… then I put on the ganache.  It was all that and more!

As I was writing this, I found one more picture of this cake covered with ganache then fresh whipped cream. I snapped this picture when there were only a couple of slices left.  But I clearly remember that day… this cake is just mouth-watering, lick the cake plate good.

Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Fresh Whipped Cream

Okay, that’s enough blabbing.  Here’s the recipe!  Make it soon!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake from AllRecipes.com.  UPDATE:  Several of you pointed out that this is the original Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake.  I guess I’ve never read the side of a Hershey’s Cocoa box before because I’d honestly never heard of this before. 

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare two 8" or 9" round pans (or I've also used a 9"x13" sheet cake pan). You can either grease and flour the pans, use non-stick cooking spray, or use homemade cake pan release.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, then stir in the boiling water.

Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then flip them out on a wire rack and let completely cool before frosting.

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Buttercream Ruffles Under the Sea Cake & Smash Cake

Under the Sea Cake and Smash Cake

Finally tonight I’m sharing this Buttercream Ruffles Under the Sea Cake & Smash Cake. I only made it last May… as in 2013, so I’m not really running behind or anything, right? Ha!

Actually, you (my readers) decided that I would post this cake today.  When I asked over on Facebook what you wanted to see, 14 out of 38 said Under the Sea!  I know that doesn’t seem like a majority, but if I counted right, that was the theme that got the most votes!

You might remember seeing a very similar Under the Sea smash cake several months ago (click here to see it). I made it for Carlee’s 1st birthday photo shoot a couple of weeks before making these two cakes for her 1st birthday party.

So, let me tell you about these cakes!

Buttercream Under the Sea Cake

The big cake was 6″ and 9″ round tiers. The top was strawberry cake and the bottom was vanilla cake. The frosting was all vanilla buttercream. I used a #104 petal tip to pipe on all the ruffles.

Cristin Britt Invite Under the Sea

I designed the cake using the decorations from Etsy as my inspiration but it’s no longer available for me to show you. However, I can show you a sample invite from that decor and  Carlee’s invitation that she made using the 1st smash cake (via Cindy Thompson Photography):

Carlee Invitation

Here’s a close up of all the sea creatures I put on the cake…

Under the Sea Cake Characters

I used Wilton cookie cutters for all of these shapes, then I used food markers to color on details and this Jem tool to make the smiley faces!

Under the Sea Name

For the name plaque, I used this plaque cookie cutter, then I used these tiny Wilton Alphabet cutters to do her name. I also used Disco dust mixed with a little sugar glue to paint on the sparkly!

Sea Horse Cake Topper

For the cake topper, I made the seahorse from gum paste, then let it dry and used melted chocolate to glue a lollipop stick to the back. Then I just pushed it into the cake and it stood up beautifully. The “sand” was brown sugar.

Under the Sea Smash Cake

The smash cake was 6″ round vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and also piped with the Wilton #104 petal tip.   The topper was made from gum paste then painted with disco dust.

Under the Sea Buttercream Ruffles Cake

Do you have any cake decorating questions about these cakes?  If so, leave me a comment and I’ll answer if I can!

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

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It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day… who knew?!  I certainly didn’t or I’d have baked up a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies…  preferably with a new recipe.  Oh well.

I’ll have to settle for sharing some “old” recipes.    First up is our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I brag on this recipe  all of the time, so if you’ve seen it before… well, here it is again ;)

Easy Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want to make those, but have them be creepy… make them into SPIDERS!!    Click here to find out how easy it is to make Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Now the rest of these aren’t cookies, but still, they’re SO worth having a look at if you like chocolate chip cookies!  First there’s this cheesecake.  Ohmygoodness.

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And I have to mention the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes….

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Both of my sisters-in-law claim these as favorites… and they are just devine!!  See the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Cupcake recipe here… and here (for a fully scratch version).

And last, but certainly not least is a cake.

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A Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake to be exact.   This is another totally from-scratch recipe that you don’t wanna miss!

Most recently I posted a easy version of Chocolate Chip Cake (or cupcakes)…  you can see that here!

 And that’s it I think!  How do you like your chocolate chip cookies?  Soft?  Crunchy?  Warm?  Not cooked at all (the dough is the best part, you know!)?  Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?  Leave a link in the comments – I’d love to have a look!

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