Busy-Day Chocolate Cake

5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 2 votes

This cake defies all expectation of what a chocolate cake should contain: milk, eggs and baking powder are all absent. I think this recipe might just work by magic.

My skepticism was quickly replaced by approval when I tried this cake. You can’t tell that it’s been made with an unconventional set of ingredients. And it’s ridiculously easy to make: just measure your ingredients and combine them directly in the baking pan! Talk about a selling point: it saves me time doing dishes!

Bonus: no eggs means you can lick the batter off the bowl!


  • Flour 1½ cups 375 ml
  • White granulated sugar 1 cup 250 ml
  • Cocoa powder 3 tbsp 45 ml
  • Baking soda 1 tsp 5 ml
  • Salt ½ tsp 3 ml
  • Oil ¹⁄3 cup 85 ml
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp 5 ml
  • White vinegar 1 tbsp 15 ml
  • Cold water 1 cup 250 ml


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  2. In a 8″ / 20 cm square baking pan, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water.
  4. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with no more than a few crumbs on it.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting and/or decorating.

You can easily make this in a different sized mold or as cupcakes. See this handy link for guidelines on baking times.

Now since this called a “busy-day” cake and frosting is a lot of bother to make, I like using the pre-made stuff from the store. You can obviously use whatever home-made frosting you like best. This cake is fluffy and moist and delicious even without frosting. It also works very well with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 2 votes