How to make a simple chocolate cake

Everyone loves chocolate, so this simple chocolate cake recipe is always a crowd pleaser. It’s one of my favourites because it’s moist, fudgy, and packed with loads of chocolate flavour.

The cake takes just 10 minutes to whip up and 30 minutes to bake, so you can make it as an easy last-minute dessert if you need one. It’s also vegan! This isn’t because I chose to make a vegan cake specifically, just because I find this the best recipe because of the oil that keeps the cake super moist.

Homemade chocolate cake slice with homemade buttercream v3
Homemade chocolate cake slice with homemade chocolate buttercream


200g caster sugar
200g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1/2tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda

250ml water
70ml oil (I use vegetable, but you can use any you like)
1tsp white vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm/8inch cake tins
  3. Sieve all of the dry ingredients into a bowl
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients and mix until smooth
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly between the two cake tins and bake for 30mins


This is a super easy cake, so you don’t need any special advice or equipment. That’s one of the things I love about this recipe; you can easily make it by hand, so no need to have an electric mixer.

One thing to be careful of is not to over-bake this cake. I’d suggest setting your timer for 25 minutes instead of 30 and just checking (with a clean knife in the middle) whether it’s done by then (the knife will come out without any mixture on it).

Presenting your cake

You can whip up some chocolate buttercream and spread it in the middle or try using whipping cream with fruit pieces running through it. You can even make both of these fillings vegan by using alternatives for the cream (coconut milk) and butter (baking block).

There you have it. A perfectly simple, chocolate cake recipe. I have a range of yummy cakes waiting for you, or you can have something completely bespoke to you!


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