The Perfect Chocolate Cake

Delicious, moist, fudgey chocolate cake in 10 minutes. The same delicious cake, made using just one bowl. Sound like the dream? Oh it is, and wait till you taste it! 


This decadent chocolate cake is not only super easy to make, but it is also gluten-free and dairy-free with some minor ingredient swaps. Full disclaimer, in case you were thinking this chocolate cake deserved some sort of angel-like status, it does still contain sugar. The sugar is what gives it its delicious, fudgey texture. Chocolate cake should definitely be considered a treat, and if you're living a generally healthy, balanced lifestyle, then this treat should go down just fine.


Ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups standard flour (or 1 1/2cups GF flour mix if you're making it gluten free)
  • ½ cup good quality baking cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus an extra 2 Tbsp if using GF flour mix)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (Balsamic also works well, trust me! Or white is fine too)
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooled coffee (a strong instant is fine) 


  1. Preheat oven to 170c, using the conventional bake setting. 
  2. Line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper
  3. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix together to combine. Create a well in the centre. 
  4. Pour all of the wet ingredients into the well and use a whisk to mix together, from the middle out to the edge, making sure to combine all the dry mix. The mixture will be runny, that's ok! 
  5. Bake for 50mins - check after 40mins though, depending on your oven. The cake should be ready when it springs back from a gentle touch in the centre, or when a skewer comes out clean. 
  6. Let it cool in the tin for about 10mins or so before removing and letting it cool further on a wire rack. 
  7. Eat, savour, enjoy! 

Serving suggestions:

  • Ice with your favourite icing. Coconut chocolate ganache made from dark chocolate and coconut cream or milk is amazing!
  • Delicious as a pudding, served warm with homemade berry coulis (or ice cream if you're really feeling adventurous) 
  • Make sure you keep whatever is left over in an airtight container. It should keep well for a few days out of direct heat or sunlight. This chocolate cake can also be frozen if need be. 


You should get 12 small slices from this cake, each containing approximately 5tsp of sugar. But if you're in the mood for a treat, without the excessive dishes or effort, then this is the chocolate cake you've been searching for. Even the kids could manage this. 


Enjoy, and let us know what you think.