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The Easiest and Most Delicious Chocolate Cake: All You Need Is a Cup





Ever wondered what went wrong with your cake? I am sure this happened to you more than you wished for. Well, here I present a simple chocolate cake recipe that you do not need to bother with weighing or with strange mass units that you looked on some old recipes book that your mother so preciously kept. All you need is ... a cup! That is right, a normal 200 ml coffee or milk cup; a bit over that does not hurt. In the end, you will have more to enjoy. You see, basically, with baking as with cooking it all comes down to a question of proportions. And the most common way of having that in the right way is by measuring the right amount, whether by mass or by volume. That is why, back in my old university days, we used to nickname Chemistry students as the “Chefs”. Doing Chemistry is basically following recipes…in that case, boring ones. So, enough of boring chemistry. The ingredients are as follow:



chocolate powder


cooking oil

hot water

3 eggs

baking powder (optional)


Very important to always use the same cup, or similar cups, to measure the right amounts. Some of you may find it strange, but here is how you should do: start by mixing the 3 eggs with 1 cup of sugar until you get a uniform yellow sweet paste then add 1 cup of flour. In order to have it creamy and well mixed in the end, make sure to add small amounts of flour while you keep mixing it with the eggs and sugar. Having that done, measure 1 cup of chocolate powder and add it to mix the same way you did with the flour. At this point, you will probably find it is hard to mix it so pour some hot water in order to make it more fluid and easier to mix. Usually, I use hot water and half a cup is normally enough. Finally, when having a completely yummy and sweet chocolate paste, add a cup of cooking oil or if you prefer olive oil. The main purpose of adding oil is to make sure that the cake will be moist and that will not dry with time as it happens with most cakes. Last but not least, add 10 to 20 g of baking powder or a teaspoon should do it if you want a fluffy cake in the end. Having everything ready just pour it into a cake pan (I myself prefer a springform pan) and then put it in the oven for 30 to 45 min at 150 to 200 ºC. That should do it!

So give a rest to your most valuable kitchen balance and give it a try.

Enjoy and bon appétit!

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  • Make sure to fill the cup every time you measure sugar, flour and chocolate so to have the right proportions for the right tasty and yummy combination.
  • You may use cocoa powder instead. Here, where I live we distinguish chocolate powder from cocoa powder which is more bitter and has less sugar added in it. Thus, it is more similar to raw taste of chocolate. If so, be careful with the sugar you add. Sometimes the bitter taste of cocoa is hard to mask and some of you may not like it. From my own experience, I use the double amount of sugar for one amount of cocoa powder.
  • If you prefer you may also use dark chocolate bar, normally used for cooking. In that case, and from my own experience, a 200 g bar is usually enough. Just melt the chocolate in bain-marie and add to the mixture afterwards.
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While you taste it


Mer on December 16, 2016:

I tried it, it was just good! Thank you, I usually feel unconfident in the kitchen, but not this time. The method is so easy to follow.

Rose on April 25, 2016:

Why is baking powder an optional thing. I hope you get back to me soon thank you.

Soso bieber on January 02, 2013:

It is very delicious

rorokayal on August 01, 2012:

really thanky

Paulo Cabrita (author) from Germany on July 20, 2011:

Usually I don't add anything on top. But if you want to cover it with chocolate just melt about 100 g or so of a cooking chocolate bar with some butter, about 50 g, in bain-marie. That should do. :-)

swit0028 from Minneapolis on July 20, 2011:

Looks YUMMY. What did you add on top? Do you have a chocolate icing recipe?

Paulo Cabrita (author) from Germany on July 19, 2011:

Thank you Food Buzz. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :-)

Food Buzz from Minnetonka, MN on July 19, 2011:

I can't wait to try it! Love chocolate cake...

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