Warm Chocolate Cake

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is pure chocolate flavor, sweet, smooth, and rich, with a slightly soft center. For a fanciful decoration, use a stencil or doily and sprinkle confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder over it to make the design. A cake for many moods, this can be served plain, with ice cream such as black walnut, or with créme fraîche or a raspberry sauce.

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, tree nut free

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealdinner, tea


Taste and Texturebuttery, chocolatey, sweet

Type of Dishchocolate cake


  • 1 teaspoon butter plus ¾ cup (1½ sticks), softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Using the 1 teaspoon butter, grease an 8-inch round cake pan that has a swivel arm for easy cake removal, or heavily butter and flour parchment paper for pan lining.

In a small bowl, combine the flour and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the remaining butter until it is creamy, about 1 minute, Gradually blend in the sugar, then add the eggs, beating until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.

In a small bowl, combine the cocoa and oil, stirring until well blended and smooth. Add the cocoa mixture and the vanilla to the butter mixture and beat just to blend.

Add the flour mixture in two or three increments, beating well each time. Spread the mixture evenly into the greased pan.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes.

Remove the cake from the pan and put it on a cake plate. Decorate if desired, Cut into wedges and serve warm.



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