When we were kids, my mom always made a very big deal out of back to school. Fancy dinner. Candles. Drinks out of wine glasses. The works.
It was a way to start the new year on the right foot. It also let us know that school was important and to be celebrated. I looked forward to this dinner all year long, and have continued the tradition with my own children. The only thing that I do differently is I also make them a cake. I add candles and as they blow them out, they set an intention for the upcoming year.
My Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing is so simple, you only need one Good Cook 3-quart Mixing Bowl to make the cake. And even kids can make it all on their own. It is mixed in one bowl and does not require more than a bowl and spoon to make. The resulting cake is incredibly rich and moist. A family favorite indeed.
How to Make 1-Bowl Chocolate Cake
To make this simple cake, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Pour in melted butter, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Mix until just combined. Don’t worry, it is supposed to be a very runny batter.
Pour the batter into a prepared 9×13 cake pan, like the Good Cook Bake ‘N Take Cake Pan. I love this pan because once the cake is cooled and iced, I can simply snap on the clear lid for storage, and can easily tote it anywhere with the convenient built-in handle. If your bakeware is stained or rusty, do yourself a favor and buy a Bake ‘N Take Cake Pan on Amazon now. For less than $20, it’s an awesome one-pan-fits-all option for baking, storing and sharing your favorite treats with everyone you love.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake is still hot, begin to make the icing.
Melt cocoa, butter, and milk over low heat. Add vanilla.
Add powdered sugar to a large bowl. Pour the mixture over the sugar and mix until combined.
Spread the icing evenly over the warm cake. Cover with sprinkles. Let cool to room temperature before slicing. I hope that you make this a family tradition in your home as well.
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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
One-Bowl Chocolate Cake with a Simple Chocolate Icing
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 Tablespoons cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoon vinegar
- 2 cups cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour in melted butter, vanilla, vinegar, and water Mix only until blended. Batter will be thin. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake is still hot, heat cocoa, butter, and milk in a small saucepan until melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour into a bowl and mix in powdered sugar until combined. Spread evenly over cake and cover generously with sprinkles. Let cool to room temperature.