One Pan Chocolate Snack Cake

"This is a recipe my mother made when we were children. It was so moist it never needed frosting. Mom would use a paper doily to make a pretty powdered sugar design on the top. I have found a couple online, but they just were not as good."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Thoroughly mix dry ingredients in an ungreased 8 x 11" pan. Make 3 wells in the dry mixture and pour the vegetable oil in one, the vanilla in a different one and the vinegar in the last one. Pour the cold water over all and stir with fork until well blended.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Cake is done when center springs back when lightly touched. Do not test with a toothpick or knife.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I mske cupcakes from this recipe


  1. This cake turns out perfect for me. I've used both a 9" square pan and a 9" round pan and both were perfect. I have served it with no frosting, powdered sugar, and I have even made it into a poke cake and poured fudge frosting all over it. The crumb is tender and the cake is beautifully moist. This has become my favorite chocolate cake recipe.
  2. What a great recipe to have and share. I thought it was so easy & tasted so good I sent it to my busy sister and my sweet mom, they both loved it. I think the better the chocolate the better the cake! I also dissolved a little instant coffee in the water to enhance the chocolate flavor. Then I made a quick cocoa frosting to make it special.
  3. I made this recipe exactly as written with no deviations. What a great cake! I do not like frosting, but I adore chocolate cake! This was fast, easy to put together and I had everything on hand. This cake was moist, light and very flavorful. A definite keeper! UPDATE*** 7/22/08: I made this cake again and drizzled some lines of Hershey's chocolate syrup on top before baking. I then used a skewer to make swirls and placed the cake in the oven. YUMMY! It is simply delicious. This recipe has many possibilities for additions. Very versatile and the swirls make a pretty presentation.
  4. I have made this several times, and it always comes out great!
  5. I love chocolate, but I’m not a fan of frosting so this recipe is ideal. And while I do always keep eggs in my frig, eggs are not part of this recipe yet you’d never know it. There is deep chocolate flavor, moist crumb and the perfect amount of cake for one chocoholic to snack on all week. The recipe says you can mix it all in the pan, but I prefer to mix it in a bowl and pour it into a prepared pan for a better blended batter. It would be splendid with ice cream, whipped cream or confectioners sugar sprinkled on top. I eat it naked and feel like a happy five year old again.


  1. This cake was really good, the only thing I changed was that I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. My family really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting!


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