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Favorite Recipes: One Pan Cake

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Name: Mary O. (dizzylizzy)
Total Recipes: 1



One Pan Cake

Dish: Cakes
Dish Type: Chocolate
Cooking Method: Baked
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes

  • 8 in. square 9 ingredients -

1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour                                  6 Tbsp. cooking oil (or melted shortening)

1 Cup Sugar                                                               1 Tbsp. vinegar

3 Tbsp. cocoa                                                             1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. soda                                                                   1 Cup cold water

1/2 tsp. salt

     Put dry ingredients into sifter.  Sift into ungreased cake pan (8" square). Make 3 holes in dry mixture.  Pour cooking oil in first hole, vinegar in second hole, vanilla in third hole.  Pour cold water over all and stir with fork until evenly blended.

Bake in 350 degree oven, for 35-40 minutes.  Frost right in pan.


I made this when my kids were young and had to make one every other day, or 2 at a time.  They loved it so much.  I didn't even have to frost it, they loved it without frosting as well.  It is very moist and chocolately.  It is so simple and easy. 

It is good, too, with a dollop of whipped cream (cool whip, etc) if left unfrosted, when serving.

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Jennifer A. (azzelio)
5/30/2008 7:55 PM ET
This is a great recipe. It can be found in Moosewood Restaurant Desserts cookbook. For a slightly more "grown up" flavor, substitute 1 cup cold coffee for the 1 cup of water. It is also good if you substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of almond extract instead of vanilla. It is a very moist cake, but just in case you like frosting: Melt 1/2 pound of Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips in a double boiler (add a little milk or cream until smooth) or in the microwave. Frost cake, then refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. This recipe rocks!!! It is so fast and simple but tastes like you spent a lot of time making it.