Closeup, side view, of a slice of basic chocolate cake topped with blueberries.
5 from 3 votes

Basic Chocolate Cake

The easiest, fool-proof cake that everyone will love! One bowl, packed with chocolate flavor, easy to assemble. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword basic chocolate cake, homemade chocolate cake, moist chocolate cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 279kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cups olive oil see note
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar white or apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). 
  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Whisk sugar into the dry ingredients and form a well in the center. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. 
  • Whisk until just combined and there are no lumps. 
  • Pour batter into a greased and parchment lined (just the bottom) 9 1/2-inch springform pan OR two greased and parchment lined 9-inch cake pans OR a greased 9x13 cake pan. 
  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position and bake the springform pan for about 45-50 minutes, checking at 40. 
    Bake two 9 inch pans for 20-25 minutes, checking at 20. 
    Bake 9x13 pan for 40-45 minutes, checking at 40
  • The top of the cake will appear set and a toothpick will come out clean. 



Olive oil should be used in this recipe, other oils may be substituted but they will change the flavor and texture of the cake. 


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.5mg