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5 from 3 votes

Helene's Crazy Chocolate Cake

A moist and fragrant cake that is insanely easy to make. All you need is a bowl and electric beaters.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cake, easy
Servings: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened (baking) cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup neutral-tasting vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (or coffee)


  • Center the oven rack; preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Tip all ingredients into a large bowl, finishing with the boiling water (or coffee). Beat, with electric beaters, until smooth -- about 2 minutes.
  • Divide the the batter between 2 greased 8-inch round cake pans. Alternatively, the batter can be poured into 1 greased 9x13- or 8x12-inch baking dish.
  • Bake until the batter browns and puffs slightly, and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean -- 20-25 minutes for 2 8-inch cake pans or 1 9x13 baking dish; 25-30 minutes for 1 8x12-inch baking dish.
  • Cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, the cake can be glazed or frosted. I simply dusted mine with confectioners' sugar. 'Twas delicious with coffee for breakfast.