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A chocolate muffin dusted with powdered sugar on a pink background.

The Easiest Chocolate Cake

This is the cake you make when you when chocolate cake and you want it now. There's no butter to cream, no egg whites to beat, nope, you just dump everything together and bake.
4.6 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 430 kcal


  • oven


  • C. all-purpose flour
  • C. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt 
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 C. cold coffee or water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 C. chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F/ 190˚C.
  • In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  • Separately mix wet ingredients EXCEPT vinegar. Add liquid to dry stir until smooth.
  • Add vinegar and chocolate chips and mix to combine. Do not over mix, there will be streaks of vinegar.
  • Spray a 9" round baking pan with cooking spray or line muffin tins with paper liners. Pour in the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Muffins will take ~20 minutes.


  • Makes 1, 9" cake or 18 cupcakes.
  • Unless it's a special occasion, I usually skip frosting this cake because the chocolate chips add just the right amount of extra sweetness.


Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 215mgFiber: 4gSugar: 30gCalcium: 21mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cake, chocolate cake, cupcakes, dessert, easy meals, fast meals, vegan
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