Thursday, May 13, 2010

"no dirty dishes" chocolate cake

This recipe is one of the best finds I've had in a long time.  I love it.  Why?  Because I didn't have to do the dishes afterward!!!

I hate doing the dishes...are you with me on this?  If so, then you'll love this cake.

I found this recipe on Stop and Smell the Chocolates after seeing it linked up to a blog carnival.  She got it from Woman's Day magazine (February 2006).  The original link had me was entitled "One Pan Chocolate Cake."  I wondered...aren't most cakes made in one pan?  So I clicked...I saw...I smiled...and I baked myself one of these cakes that very same day.

It was a beautiful thing.

First, I love the ingredients.  Why?  I had them all in my cabinet - no shopping required.  You'll need flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, oil, white vinegar, vanilla, water, and chocolate chips.

Dump 2 2/3 cups flour, 2 1/4 cups sugar, 1 cup cocoa, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt right into an ungreased cake pan.  That's right...right in the pan.

Use a whisk to stir everything around until it's all blended.  If you end up with some lumps of cocoa, that's okay...but get everything as smooth as you can.

Make yourself three little "wells" in the flour mixture...

...and then get out your oil, vanilla, and vinegar.

Pour 3/4 cup oil into one well, 2 tablespoons of vinegar into another well, and 1 tablespoon vanilla in the final well.  Don't worry if they don't stay perfectly in their little wells...mine didn't.  In fact, I'm not sure I really get the purpose of the wells, but I'm not going to question it.  If it's not need to go changing it up!

Pour 2 cups of lukewarm water over the entire thing.

Stir everything up until it's all blended.  Make sure that you scrape the sides, corners, and the bottoms of the pan to get everything all mixed together.  Use a rubber spatula to scrape the excess batter off the sides of the pan.

Then use a paper towel to clean it up even more.

Bake this beauty at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).  And while it's baking, go sit on the couch...put your feet up...and watch an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

You've got don't have any dishes to clean (except the whisk and rubber spatula).  But I just licked those and then put them in the dishwasher...and then watched my episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.  Life is good. 

When your cake is done, dump an entire bag of chocolate chips on top of it and let it sit for a few minutes.  I actually put mine back in the warm oven for a minute.  Once the chocolate chips have melted, smooth them out for your frosting.

And you are done!  With NO dishes!

This cake is fabulous.  It's moist, it's rich, and the chocolate chips are a fun take on frosting.  After it cools to room temperature, it can be left out for two days.  After that, refrigerate it!

Because the chocolate hardens back when it's cooled, my husband thinks it's best when it's warmed up (and served with vanilla ice cream).  I would have to agree...although I admit that I do think the hardened chocolate "crust" is pretty darn cool.

"No Dirty Dishes" Chocolate Cake
2 2/3 cup flour
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3/4 cup oil
2 T. distilled white vinegar
1 T. vanilla extract
2 cups lukewarm water
12 oz. bag chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, doesn't matter!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an ungreased baking pan, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Make three wells into the flour mixture.  Pour oil into one well, vinegar into another, and vanilla into another.  Pour lukewarm water over the entire pan.  Mix well, making sure to scrape sides and bottoms.  Use a rubber spatula and then a paper towel to clean up the sides. 

Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Sprinkle warm cake with chocolate chips; once they've melted, smooth them over for a frosting.  Can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.  Serves 16.

Please note - this is definitely not healthy eating!  To cut fat and calories, I would consider replacing 1/2 cup of the oil with applesauce and dusting with powdered sugar instead of using the chocolate chips.  I've not tried the applesauce method - if you experiment with that, please let me know the results!

Nutrition (without chocolate chip topping): 292 cal, 11g fat, 1g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 302mg sodium, 47g carbs, 2g fiber, 28g sugars, 3g protein, 0% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 1% calcium, 10% iron.

Nutrition (with chocolate chip topping): 393 cal, 18g fat, 5g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 60g carbs, 4g fiber, 40g sugars, 4g protein, 0% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 2% calcium, 13% iron.

This recipe is linked to Gooseberry Patch's Recipe Roundup: Kids' Goodies!


  1. Looks fabulous! This would be such a great item to take to potlucks, or prep ahead of time - I can't wait to try it!

  2. What a great recipe. I'll have to bookmark this one!

    Btw, I don't mind loading the dishwasher with dirty dishes as much as I mind unloading and putting away all the clean dishes. Hate that!!


  3. No dishes! Awesome! But the bigger thing that struck me- no nonstick of any sort. Crazy! Looks super tasty!

  4. Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!

  5. For a chocoholic that doesn't like to clean, muy bueno! Gracias!

  6. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wow, that sounds like my kind of cake and I LOVE chocolate!!

  8. I made this cake as a kid! We called it Wacky Cake. You've reminded me to dig out the recipe and give it a try.

  9. This looks incredibly delicious! Dangerously delicious! Yum!!!

  10. I would definitely be lovin' no dishes after baking and chocolate too? Now that's a no brainer:) Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is a keeper! Looks so yummy...thanks!

  12. Wow.....This recipe looks great.......I love anything with chocolate too.
    Thanks for stopping by my Blog and for sharing your recipe.

  13. YUM!!! and I LOVE the idea of doing everything in the same pan!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

  14. This is an old recipe -- my mother used to make it when I was little. But it is a good recipe. I'm glad that it's being made again for it is a great cake!

  15. That is one great chocolate cake! Wish I had some!

  16. One dish cake! And it's chocolate! Perfect! :)

  17. Wow this looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing. I will have to try it.

  18. This looks great!! Do you have any nutritional content on it?? Maybe even without the chocolate chips on top?? Thanks!

  19. Autumn...I'm working on it! For some reason, the website I use to calculate it is malfunctioning. I'll post it as soon as I can!

  20. Your chocolate cake looks moist and delicious!

  21. This sounds too good to pass up!

  22. This looks a little too addicting! I have saved your first three recipes so I am now a follower. I like your style of cooking...Joan

  23. Oh my heavenly heavens!!! If it weren't so late tonight, I would go make this cake immediately...Test purposes, of course! :-)

  24. All in one pan...amazing, and it looks like a wonderfully delicious cake.

  25. Wow, what a tasty looking cake!! I'm gonna have to make this! :)

  26. What could be easier. Your cake looks so rich and moist. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Not only does this look fabulous, my good friend's son is allergic to eggs and this is one of the first recipes I've found that doesn't use them! Thank you!

  28. This looks delicious! And I love that there are no dishes! Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Meant to leave a comment before now! I'm so glad you like this cake! When I saw the recipe on a magazine page, I knew that I HAD to try it! :) Of course, my hubs and I ended up being the only ones to eat the whole cake so he asked me not to make it again unless we have lots of company as it's just too dangerous for our waistlines - LOL! Oh and I saw you show it in your travel post too! :)

  30. Made this with a friend and after having made a mess in the kitchen cooking dinner it was nice to not contribute more dirty dishes to make dessert. I did use the chocolate chips for the topping and put it in the fridge after the first night. The cake stayed remarkably moist (probably sealed nicely with the hardened chocolate) and tasted marvelous even 1 week later. next time I might experiment with a different topping to cut down the calories but loved the richness and moistness of the cake.

  31. i am sick so i have taken a day of work.I was bored so i looked on the internet and i searched 'A cake that doesnt dirty too many dishes', this came up and i opened it and was so relieved that i had something to do AND i didnt have to do any (not fun) work afterwards.Yay!It is in the oven now and is done at 4.45 (quarter to)i am so exited.My cakes never work but this one is so simple,i hope it will work i mean it looks SO good in the pictures above!

    Andie MacArthur

  32. my cake is in the oven now it is ready at 4.45 o'clock.YAY!

  33. hello the comment above is my daughter she rules!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. andie and faith macarthur!September 25, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    and the cake she made is incredible . yes it was because i made it we had for desert last nite

  35. This is AWESOME! Can't wait to make this with the kids.


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