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One bowl Chocolate Loaf Cake with Cocoa Powder & No Butter

This quick one bowl chocolate loaf cake is made with olive oil (no butter) and cocoa powder It is moist, delicious, and easy to make. Covered with almond chocolate icing.

Belula June 16, 2020 March 26, 2021
Sliced one bowl chocolate cake covered in almond chocolate glaze as seen from above with 2 spoons on the top side and a plate with extra glaze at the bottom.

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 a quick one bowl chocolate loaf cake recipe like this one: no mess, done in under 15 minutes (prepping the ingredients included!), ready for any occasion. This cake is the best cake: it is made using cocoa powder and olive oil (no butter required!), one bowl and a whisk. Covered with chocolate icing, it is versatile, easy, delicious. I hope you like it too.

Whole one bowl chocolate cake covered in almond chocolate glaze with one slice cut and in the front of the photo, and a small ceramic jar in the back.
3 slices of one bowl chocolate cake as seen from above.

Ingredient notes

You will need:

  • Simple ingredients you probably already have, like egg, milk, white vinegar, sugar, flour, baking soda.
  • Cocoa powder: use a high quality one. I like to use Valrhona or Callebaut cocoa.
  • Olive oil: use a good quality one. I enjoy this one.
  • One pound cake loaf pan.
  • A bowl and a whisk
One bowl chocolate cake ingredients
Materials needed to make chocolate olive oil cake

How to make this recipe: step by step instructions

Making this recipe is quick and super easy to make. All you must do is add the ingredients to a bowl in a certain order, then transfer to a greased and floured cake loaf 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 the batter to the 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 / 1 pound 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 before covering with the almond chocolate glaze.
One bowl chocolate cake in the cake loaf ready for baking
The baked one bowl chocolate cake cooling on a wire rack with a jar in the back.

How to make the almond chocolate icing?

To make this chocolate glaze for cake is straightforward. You must:

  • Chop the almonds really small and roast for 10 minutes at 170 C° / 338 F.
  • Melt the milk chocolate to 45 C° / 113 F over a water bath.
  • Remove from heat and add in the sunflower oil and the roasted almonds. Mix to combine.
  • Keep warm until ready to use.
One bowl with melted chocolate and oil with a small bowl full of toasted chopped almonds and the side.
A closeup of the almond chocolate glaze ready to use inside a bowl.

Glazing tips

Once the cake has completely cooled down:

  • Place a piece of parchment paper under the wire rack holding the cake.
  • Pour the glaze over the one bowl chocolate cake until completely covered.
  • Let the glaze set before slicing.
The baked one bowl chocolate cake on a wire rack with a hand pouring the almond chocolate glaze over it.
The baked one bowl chocolate cake cooling on a wire rack with a hand pouring the almond chocolate glaze over it.
The glazed one chocolate bowl cake on a silver wire rack with a small jar in the back.

Storage tips

It keeps at room temperature covered with a cake keeper for up to 5 days.

Freezing instructions

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.

The glazed one chocolate bowl cake on top of a turned silver baking tray with a small jar in the back.
Sliced one bowl chocolate cake covered in almond chocolate glaze as seen from above with 2 spoons on the top side and a plate with extra glaze at the bottom.

Variations to this recipe

I used olive oil to make this cake. It can be replaced buy sunflower oil or other neutral oil. 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:

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

Ingredients

One Bowl Chocolate Loaf Cake

  • Milk 125 g
  • White Vinegar 3 g
  • Olive Oil 70 g
  • Eggs 1
  • Sugar 145 g
  • Flour 130 g
  • Cacao Powder 40 g
  • Baking Soda 3 g
  • Salt 2 g

Almond Chocolate Icing

  • Milk Chocolate 135 g
  • Sunflower Oil 30 g
  • Toasted almonds 30 g

Procedure

  • 1. Prepare the cake loaf pan: Pre heat the oven to 165 C°/320 F. Grease the cake pan and line with parchment paper. Or you can also butter and flour your cake loaf.
  • 2. Make the chocolate loaf cake batter: Mix the vinegar and milk. Whisk in the eggs. Add the oil whisking at the same time. Add the sugar and mix until incorporated. Fold in the sifted flour and mix well. Finally add the sifted cocoa, salt and baking soda and mix until the batter is smooth and there are no more lumps.
  • 3. Bake the chocolate cake: Transfer the batter to the cake pan and bake for about 40/45 minutes. Insert a skewer or knife at the centre of the cake to make sure is cooked through. Remove from the oven and unmould immediately. Let it cool down at room temperature over a wire rack.
  • 4. Prepare the almond chocolate icing: Chop the almonds small and roast for 10 minutes at 170 C°/338 F. Melt the milk chocolate to 45 C°/113 F. Remove from heat and add in the sunflower oil and the roasted almonds. Mix to combine. Keep warm until ready to use.
  • 5. Glaze the chocolate loaf cake: Once the cake has completely cooled down, place a piece of parchment paper under the wire rack holding the cake. Pour the glaze over the cake until it is completely covered. Let the glaze set before slicing.
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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!!!!!!!

Laura April 26, 2021

Hi, could you please share the quantities for vinegar, baking soda, and salt in teaspoons? I’d love to try this but my scale is not the most precise. Thanks!

Belén Gowland
Belula April 26, 2021

Hi Laura! So happy to hear you want to give it a try! I weighed out the ingredients and this is what they transfer to:
- salt, 1 pinch
- baking soda 1/3 tsp
- vinegar 1/2 tsp
Hope this helps!
Have a nice week!

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