Through the years my mom taught my brother how to cook and fend for himself. Not knowing his way around a kitchen wasn’t an option. He was responsible for cooking one meal a month same as I was from start to finish including the meal planning. He can grill a mean steak, whip up some wonderful potatoes and make a cake that won grand champion at the county fair each year.
Now I said my brother knew his way around the kitchen and can read a recipe as good as anyone. He didn’t really care to expand his knowledge in the dessert department beyond the One Bow Chocolate Cake. Why did he not care to expand his dessert cooking beyond the One Bowl Chocolate Cake? That’s because it’s that amazing!
The One Bowl Chocolate Cake is super moist. Almost fall apart moist and just the right amount of chocolatey goodness without being super sweet. It really is the best cake I think I have ever tasted as far as chocolate cakes go. Nothing fancy I assure you is needed but when your guests or family taste this cake they will think some fancy ingredients went into making this cake.
Kris won the grand champion ribbon every year at the county fair because he got to bake the recipe that doesn’t falter or let you down. It comes out perfect every time. As a baker and a cake decorator I am always on the lookout for something that will win clients over and this recipe is is. It wins every time, but keep in mind because it is so moist it will not work for carving.
The One Bowl Chocolate Cake is a perfect dessert for the family, works wonderful in truffle recipes, looks delicious at backyard BBQ’s and can be dressed up or down depending on your needs. Above I have paired it with a delicious and creamy cream cheese icing but from experience looks and tastes delicious with a simple chocolate drizzle.
The Cast Of One Bowl Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour milk (I don’t mean rotten milk, I mean you need to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let sit for a couple of minutes)
1 cup boiling water
Directions For One Bowl Chocolate Cake
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (for chocolate I use cocoa powder rather than flour) your baking pan well. I generally use a 10 inch round pan but an 8×10 pyrex pan works perfect.
2. In mixing bowl combine sugar, shortening, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, salt and baking soda gradually and mix. Alternate adding the boiling water and soured milk until well mixed. Your batter can be a bit runny at this point but DON’T add more flour. I assure you it will turn out delicious!
3. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Do you have a favorite cake recipe? Perhaps a grand champion recipe that has been passed down for years?
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