A tuesday night kind of cake or 2 bowl chocolate cake

Sometimes, you just want to bake a cake. Not a fancy cake, not a for show cake, the kind of cake you will eat on the couch out of a bowl because obviously, you put ice cream on it.

It was a tuesday night and I wanted to make a cake. Technically I could have made a one bowl cake but I always feel like those don’t turn out quite right. This cake takes longer in the oven than it does to prep, and gives a great amount of time to eat ‘real food’ before you pull it out.


Two Bowl Chocolate Cake


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar (I’d probably cut this down to 1 1/2 in the future!)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder – with this much sugar you want the dark unsweetened stuff!
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp (aka a pinch) of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • opt. extra chocolate chips (but are they optional? Really?)


  • preheat oven to 350 and grease 2 6in round baking pans (or whatever you have around)
  • mix milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl
  • sift flour, then add sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and powder, and salt in another bowl
  • mix dry ingredients into wet in halves
  • after mixed, pour in hot water and mix well
  • if you want, dust some chocolate chips with flour and fold into the batter before pouring into pans
  • bake for 30 minutes
  • after cooled, top with ice cream, whipped cream, or for some reason if you feel like making it, frosting


Mushy, gooey, not too pretty, but very delicious. There you go, a 45 minute with 2 bowls to clean, a perfect Tuesday night cake.





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