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Grand Champion One Bowl Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

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 the same as I was from start to finish including meal planning. He can grill a mean steak, whip up some wonderful potatoes and make the best chocolate cake from scratch you’ve ever had!  A chocolate cake recipe that won grand champion at the county fair every year.Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

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 most amazing made from scratch chocolate cake, the One Bowl 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!  It really is the best moist cake recipe I have ever had!  

This One Bowl Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe 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.

A made from scratch chocolate cake in a round baking pan.


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 it. It wins every time!

This One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe 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.

Chocolate One Bowl Cake Recipe

Grand Champion One Bowl Chocolate Cake
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  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup shortening
  3. ½ cup cocoa powder
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 ½ cups flour
  7. 2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. 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)
  10. 1 cup boiling water
  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 8x10 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.
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Love cake recipes?  Try these cupcake recipes as well.  

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Blue Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I have lots of cupcake toppers available in my free printable section.  

Do you have a favorite easy chocolate cake recipe?  Perhaps a grand champion recipe that has been passed down for years?




  • Jennifer Soltys

    If it’s something that involves chocolate, you can definitely count me in but the best chocolate cake someone has ever tasted and that has won first place? Now this is a recipe that I must try! Thanks for sharing with everyone 🙂

  • Pam

    This looks so good! Now I am craving sweets.

  • What a great dessert. I love one bowl cakes I think they are delicious and elegant. Not to mention time saving 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds delicious!!! Who doesn’t love cake and the fact that it’s one bowl is a bonus!

  • ecausley

    I’m assuming that the baking soda and salt are mixed in with the flour?

    • Brandy

      Correct! Thank you for pointing that out and I have updated the post to show the addition of these ingredients. Unlike most recipes they don’t need to be combined with the flour before hand just add them to the mix individually.

  • I’m glad is not rotten milk, LOL that was a good one. This is a cake I have to try, first the whole thing is made in one bowl and then it’s…my kind of cake! I will let you know for sure when I do! Thank You so much for sharing your recipe with us at the Fluster Buster party! Lizy party co host! Can’t wait to have a bite of it!

  • Robin

    One bowl, I’m in, I hate doing dishes! Thank you for sharing this recipe on this weeks Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you’ll continue to join us every Tuesday evening.

    • Pam

      I love one bowl recipes, too. Especially since our dishwasher is finicky and I have to wash most dishes by hand.

  • Lisa

    This looks AMAZING! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week.

  • Winnie

    It’s definitely a cake I need to try 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  • My kind of cooking. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Brandy

      I love how moist this cake stays plus of course it’s delicious!!

  • Alicia O'Brien

    I have a chocolate cake recipe that my mum used to make, it’s not one pot though. I am intrigued by the sour milk ingredient. Maybe I will have to have a go at your cake 🙂 Thanks for linking it at #openslather

  • shamene@sayitwithcake

    This looks delicious!!

  • Bismah

    I love chocolate cake! I also love making it and am always trying new variations! This one looks delicious!
    Stopping by from the “Tuesday’s Table” link up. Following you on G+, Twitter, and Facebook. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Have a great week 🙂
    Bismah @

  • bj

    YAY…I made it here.
    I am making this cake THIS week….it sounds so amazing. I am taking your photo to my sidebar, with a link back to here, OF COURSE, and show everyone what we will be devouring this week, with glasses of icy cold milk.
    Thanks for the recipe….
    Over from Alderberry Hill.