Chocolate Cake Detox

Hello and Happy New Year! How were your holidays? 

I'm super excited about 2019, the year of CAKE, with the release of my book Simple Cake! In preparation, I've decided to go on a cake detox this January. I'm starting with my Chocolatey Chocolate Cake. So if you've been been drinking juice all week, or running everyday with Nike's Coach Bennett and Headspace and are in need of a hit of sugar, join me this weekend, and feel better :)

 Photo: Hallie Burton


Chocolatey Chocolate Cake

This cake is pure celebration and my chocolate go- to. Not too rich but ridiculously moist, it is decadent without being overly sweet. It’s almost impossible to mess up and so easy to make; it gives Betty Crocker a run for her money. If you have a whisk and two large bowls, you can pull this off. Since the batter is very runny, avoid using a springform pan, which can leak. This cake is a slight adaptation of my dear friend Simon’s recipe. He effortlessly cooks for thirty people without breaking a sweat, and everything he makes tastes delicious— including this cake. There’s also an added bonus: the final product has some serious shelf life— it will keep fresh for days, and it freezes well if you would like to bake it ahead of time. 

Makes: 10 x 3-inch round cake
Preparation: 20 minutes



1 ¾ cups (225g) all- purpose flour
½ cup (45g) unsweetened Dutch- processed cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (240ml) whole milk
½ cup (120ml) grapeseed oil or any mild- flavored oil
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (240ml) boiling water




Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 10 by 3- inch round pan with butter, line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper. (I’ll let you just grease, line the bottom of the pan, and lightly flour the sides if you’re feeling lazy.)

Place a large sifter or a sieve in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and sift.

Add the sugar and whisk until combined.

In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla together.

Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until there are no lumps and the batter is smooth.

Carefully pour in the boiling water and stir until combined. (Watch the little ones with the hot water!)

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the center of the oven for approximately 50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, and the cake bounces back when lightly pressed.



In Simple Cake I give many topping suggestions for how to top this cake, but the simplest is a generous dusting of confectioners sugar when the cake has completely cooled, served with a dollop of whipped cream, or ice cream.Or sign up to my newsletter to receive my delicious Chocolate Mascarpone Buttercream recipe!

Try these other pan options

Two 8- or 9- inch round pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

12 by 8- inch or 13 by 9- inch rectangular pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 

10 to 12 individual ramekins (grease and fill halfway). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

24 cupcakes  (fill liners no more than halfway). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.



  • halved recipe and made this in a loaf tin, and served warm with whipped cream. split milk with coffee. SO GOOD + SO EASY

    kelsey on

  • Why do some cakes (like Chocolatey Chocolate Cake) call for oil and others use melted butter (Versatile Coconut Cake) or room temp butter (Milk and Honey Cake)? What effect does it have and are what happens if you swap one for the other in this recipe? Thanks :)

    Michele on

  • Ooh — could you also let us know the size and baking time for the pretty loaf option in the photo?

    vera on

  • Thank you for being so inspiring!
    When newly married and a poor cook, my husband gave me for Xmas the Julia Child cookbooks which were so popular 40 years ago , I baked all the cakes for the Stanford alumnae…
    I am feeling that same enthusiasm revive when I see
    Your beautiful cakes!!! Bravo!!!
    But how do you stay so thin????

    Kind regards

    Margaret Mann

    Margaret on

  • I’m baking this cake primarily to learn your chocolate Swiss buttercream. That recipe, though, doesn’t seem like it would make enough to fill and cover 2 stacked 8” rounds. The only other pan size I have that matches is a 9×13”, but it’s Pyrex. Should I lower the temp if I use that?

    Laurie on

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