Recipe For One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

The Olympic Torch is in Birmingham today and I’ve been thinking all week, if I could represent Birmingham with a cake, what cake would it be?

The answer is, a chocolate cake!


Well, we have history with the Cadbury Family in Birmingham and the Bournville chocolate brand too. Plus we are home to the amazing Cadbury World!

I did say that I’ll keep all the recipes healthy and this one is surprisingly low calorie. If that’s not good enough, it supposedly only uses one bowl for the preparation of the cake, meaning less washing up! 😀

So here it is, a low calorie, indulgent, Olympics inspired chocolate cake!


  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour (See Ingredient Note)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (See Tip)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot strong black coffee
  • Confectioners’ sugar- for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with a circle of grease proof paper (wax paper).
  • Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add hot coffee and beat to blend. (The batter will be quite thin.)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean (30 to 35 minutes). Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan, peel off the wax paper and let it cool completely.
  • Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar before slicing.

Tips and Notes:

  • Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large super markets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.             
  • Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions or make sour milk- mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe


Per serving: 139 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 212 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium.

So I said I’d represent Birmingham as a chocolate cake. It’s a delightful, well-crafted, master piece! 😉

(Here’s a link about Birmingham’s history with chocolate and the Cadbury family if anyone’s interested… )

I do hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and tips this week and found them helpful, let me know how your baking goes! As for the Olympics? Come on England! 😉 xx

“Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn’t like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good.”

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