One Bowl Chocolate Cake

This one bowl chocolate cake is made with olive oil and it is moist, delicious, and easy to make. It takes under 15 minutes to put together.

Belula June 16, 2020
Sliced one bowl chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is my favorite cake. Hands down. I like it fudgy Chocolate Fudge Cake, I like it layered with dulce de leche Chocolate & Dulce De Leche Cake. I also love an easy chocolate cake recipe like this one: no mess, done in under 15 minutes (prepping the ingredients included!), ready for any occasion. Versatile, easy, delicious. I hope you like it too.

Close-up shot of chocolate olive oil cake

What will you need to make this chocolate cake?

  • Milk
  • White vinegar
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Cacao powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • 1 bowl
  • Whisk
  • Loaf cake pan
  • Rubber spatula
One bowl chocolate cake ingredients
Materials needed to make chocolate olive oil cake

How to make one bowl chocolate cake?

Making this chocolate olive oil cake is super easy. All you must do is add the ingredients to a bowl in a certain order, then transfer to a greased and floured cake pan and bake!

  • Using a whisk, mix the milk, vinegar, and egg.
  • Add the oil while whisking at the same time to incorporate.
  • Then add the sugar and mix it in. Followed by the sifted flour.
  • Finally add the cacao, baking soda and salt and whisk until there are no more visible lumps.
  • Transfer to cake pan and bake until set. About 45 minutes.

That is, it! Probably longer to read the recipe than to make it.

Eggs, vinegar, milk, olive oil
Add the flour and whisk to combine
Add cacao powder
Finished one bowl chocolate cake batter

Baking Tips

  • Make sure to butter and flour your cake pan.
  • This recipe calls for a 500 g loaf cake pan (20 cm long, 8 cm wide).
  • If you use a bigger loaf cake pan, make sure to double the recipe.
  • You can also use a Bundt cake pan or a regular cake pan.
  • Do not open the oven until the loaf has grown nicely. About 40 minutes.
  • To check if the cake is ready, insert and skewer or a knife at the center. If it comes out dry, it means it is ready!
  • Unmold immediately after you remove from the oven. Let cool down on a wire rack at room temperature.
One bowl chocolate cake in the cake loaf ready for baking

Freezing this one bowl chocolate cake

This cake freezes splendidly. Let it cool down and wrap in plastic wrap twice. Transfer to the freezer. It keeps for a month.

To defrost: let it sit on the kitchen counter, wrapped, overnight.

Overhead shot of the sliced chocolate olive oil cake

Chocolate Cake Frosting Ideas

I kept it amazingly simple here, just dusting the cake with some cacao powder. However, if you are looking for some frosting ideas, here are some:

A slice of the one bowl chocolate cake covered with chocolate ganache frosting
The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition: 290 cal
Cuisine: American


  • Milk 125 g
  • White Vinegar 3 g
  • Olive Oil 70 g
  • Eggs 1
  • Sugar 145 g
  • Flour 130 g
  • Cacao Powder 30 g
  • Baking Soda 3 g
  • Salt 2 g


  • 1. Pre heat the oven to 165 C°. butter and flour your mold.
  • 2. Mix the vinegar and milk.
  • 3. Whisk in the eggs.
  • 4. Add the oil whisking at the same time.
  • 5. Add the sugar and mix until incorporated.
  • 6. Add the sifted flour and mix well.
  • 7. Finally add the sifted cacao, salt and baking soda and mix until the batter is smooth and there are no more lumps.
  • 8. Bake for about 40/45 minutes. Insert a skewer or knife at the centre of the cake to make sure is cooked through.
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Daphne July 11, 2020

A must try chocolate cake. My 13 yo son made this and it was delicious. The only modification we made was to add one teaspoon of instant coffee powder with the cacao mix. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Belén Gowland
Belula July 22, 2020

Hi Daphne!!! So happy to hear this!!! Your boy sounds like he knows his way around the kitchen :) Hope mine will too someday!! I like the addition of the coffee, it must have tasted delicious :) Thank you for taking the time of writing a review here!!!!!!!

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