one bowl fudgy chocolate cake

Finished with an amazing ganache, this Best Fudgy Chocolate Cake is coming at you just in time for your Easter feast!
one bowl fudgy  chocolate cake


chocolate cake
A good chocolate cake recipe is so hard to come by, just like a good brownie recipe. There are always high hopes and promises of what you’re looking for, but the delivery can be opposite and sometimes less than what you’re craving.

While I’ve tried so many chocolate cakes over the years, and failed following so many different recipes, it was time to take matters into my own hands and come up with the best chocolate cake we’ve ever had. That’s a HUGE call to make, I know. As a result…this one takes the cake.
one bowl fudgy  chocolate cake


chocolate cake recipe
Just the same as these Best Fudgy Cocoa Brownies, I wanted FUDGY, but being a cake, I wanted FLUFFY — and MOST OF ALL I wanted uncomplicated steps. No melted butter combined with an abundance of chocolate; melted on the stove in a pot, then a dry mix combined in one bowl and a wet mix combined in another bowl, and a headache plus 2 pain killers and a bottle of vino later…..a cake is born.

This one is different. One bowl. No beaters or kitchen aids and zero sifters or pans. Just a humble bowl and a wooden spoon. No pain killers or wine needed.

This fudgy chocolate cake took many MANY batches to perfect the right balance of flour, oil, cocoa powder and baking powder.

Finally I did it. Look at THAT! ⬇ SUPER fudgy and MOIST! We almost loved this fudgy chocolate cake as much as (or the same as) those brownies. I said, almost.

ganache
The most perfect ganache using ONLY a small saucepan to make it. No separate bowls or metal bowls, or whatever. So uncomplicated, you won’t believe it until you try it. It’s a matter of heating cream > adding in the chocolate chips > waiting for it to melt > stir > done. Even the laziest person could pull this cake off.

Me, being the laziest person.

I know this is an all out decadent recipe, BUT this cake uses only half the amount of oil usually found in chocolate cakes, less flour, no butter, while keeping a maximum rich chocolate flavour. Also, a sugar substitute can be used such as a natural granulated sweetener that measures 1:1 with sugar to reduce calorie count.

how to make a chocolate cake
The easiest, MOST amazing, and BEST chocolate cake, using simple ingredients and little time and effort to pull together. The batter is watery when you first mix it together, but it’s meant to be that way. That’s where the fudge-like texture comes in!

some tips:
I use a dark, unsweetened cocoa powder for maximum chocolate richness. You can use Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa powder if you wish. Remember: the darker the cocoa powder, the richer and darker the cake.
Do not substitute the oil for melted butter.
You can use full fat milk, reduced fat milk, 2% or skim. You can even use buttermilk, or make your own (3/4 cup milk mixed with 2 teaspoons white vinegar before doing anything else to allow the milk time to sour).
The coffee in this recipe CAN NOT be tasted, but allows a rich chocolate taste to shine right through.
Please try not to over bake it as that will dry out this cake. Check it after 30 minutes with a toothpick inserted into the centre. If too much batter sticks to the toothpick, continue baking for another 10 minutes and check again. Our cake baked at exactly 45 minutes, and the toothpick was a little dirty when it came out. THIS is the result you will be looking for if you’re wanting a moist texture.
Make the chocolate ganache as soon as the cake comes out of the oven. It will be ready and firm enough to spread by the time the cake has cooled down completely.


CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 1/2 cups (7 oz / 200 g) all-purpose or plain flour
1 1/2 cups (11 oz / 310 g) white granulated sugar (or a natural granulated baking sweetener measuring 1:1 with sugar)
1/2 cup (1.7 oz / 50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon (20 ml) pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (190 ml) milk
3/4 cup (190 ml) boiling water mixed with 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream or thickened cream
8 ounces (250 grams) semi sweet or dark chocolate chips


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