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Busy Day Chocolate Cake

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x




  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

CHOCOLATE SOUR CREAM FROSTING: (or any frosting of your choice)

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, soda, salt and cocoa.  Make a well in center of flour mixture and add vegetable oil, water, vanilla, and white vinegar. Whisk until well combined and then pour the batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 23 to 28 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool and frost with frosting or dust with powdered sugar.


  1. In a medium bowl mix combine butter, cocoa, sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Using a hand mixer, mix on low until combined. Increase to medium speed and mix until smooth and creamy. (*Can add milk or more sour cream if needed to get the desired consistency.)
  • Category: Cakes & Cupcakes