Super Simple Cocoa Cake Recipe

Adapted from Lucinda Scala Quinn

To give it more of a Mexican feel, add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, use a mixture of coffee and water instead of all water, and the zest of 1 orange.



1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 cup cold water (or 1/2 cup brewed coffee + 1/2 cup water)


Heat The Oven: Heat the oven to 350°F.

Mix The Dry Ingredients: In an 8-inch square baking pan, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and coarse salt.

Add the Wet Ingredients: Make a well in center of flour mixture and add vegetable oil, pure vanilla extract, white vinegar, and cold water (or coffee and water, if using). Whisk until well combined.

Bake The Cake: Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Keywords: chocolate cake