Chocolate Cake Recipe – One Bowl Dessert – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey

It’s Friday of one-pot week, which means by now your dishwasher probably thinks it has gone into early retirement. That doesn’t have to stop just because you’re making dessert! With today’s tactic, you can make a big batch of delicious chocolate cupcakes in just one bowl.

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To get started, be sure you have your baking staples: Sugar, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. These cupcakes are nice an moist, so they’re great with just a dusting of confectioners sugar, but if you want to whip up a batch of frosting [LINK: be my guest! Watch the video and I’ll show you an easy technique for making that pretty, towering frosting swirl on top.

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Makes 36 to 48


3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin cups with paper liner. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 cups warm water; whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.

Divide batter among muffin cups (filling each about 2/3 full) and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pans on wire racks, 5 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to racks and let cool completely. Frost as desired.


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Nutritional Info: per cupcake (for 36): 137 cal; 6 g fat; 3 g protein; 1 g fiber

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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.

Chocolate Cake Recipe – One Bowl Dessert – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey


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