So, here we are again at Monday, but I’m going to rewind a bit, and talk about Friday.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Last week, my youngest boy was in need of some serious mom time.  I can always tell when it’s coming.  He follows me around the house a little more (along with our dog, making it feel like I have a small entourage) snuggles a little longer at bedtime.  During Thursday night’s bedtime snuggle I told him I had a cake that I was wanting to bake….would he want to help?  The way his eyes lit up told me his answer.  The plan was set.  After school our cake baking would commence.

Cake on Friday.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of the week.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

This cake is a one bowl recipe, one of the best kind, in my opinion.  It is moist and slightly sweet, and especially delicious when made with your child (mess and all) and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake


  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • whipped cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 8x8 inch baking dish, line with parchment.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  5. Whisk egg and vanilla into the well to blend.
  6. Gradually whisk in water and melted butter, pulling in surrounding dry ingredients.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Pour batter into baking pan.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool before serving.
  11. If desired, serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

*adapted from Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine

8 Responses to One Bowl Chocolate Cake

  1. Your images always give me the chills. Love the one of Henry watching the rise. My husband has been begging for a cake for weeks now. I think it’s time.

  2. If chocolate cake isn’t good enough, then what could be better than one bowl?
    Going to try this one.

    Enjoy your week.

  3. Now that I have a child, limiting dishes surely is a treat! This is just perfect for a quick dessert! 😀

  4. Laura says:

    I’ve got to try this. The recipe sounds easy enough and with the chocolate chips….oh divine. Thank you!

  5. Kathryn says:

    The pictures in this post are so incredible – they tell such a vivid and touching story. I love the picture of him in front of the oven too. Just a lovely moment.

  6. heather says:

    Your family is so sweet – this cake looks like the perfect Sunday afternoon treat , easy clean up with delicious results (love the chocolate chips that are added to the batter!)

  7. carole says:

    would love to make this cake but what is the english eqivilant of whole wheat pastry flour please is it plain or self raising .regards carole

  8. angie arms says:

    That picture is sooo Henry! I think you should blow it up, frame it and put it in your kitchen:)
    Save the world…bake chocolate cake with your son;)

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