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Chocolate Oil Cake Recipe

Chocolate Oil Cake

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"No butter, just oil in this recipe that delivers a rich, chewy, and chocolate-y cake in about an hour."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
  3. Add water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat by hand until smooth.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 29, 2008

This cake is so chocolatey and moist, and so easy to make. I made it with my 2 1/2 year old, and he had a great time. If I hadn't made it myself I never would have known that it's w/o eggs.I will definately make this again, will also use this recipe for cupcakes. I agree with another reviewer that this cake should be renamed, "chocolate oil cake" doesn't sound very appealing, but the cake is really great!Update: I used this recipe for cupcakes, took 20 minutes to bake and came out really good -I got 24 cupcakes out of this recipe. (This cake also freezes well.)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 29, 2008

I'm giving this a 3 star for taste. It's a good chocolate cake. However, I attempted to bake it in 2 9-inch rounds. I was trying to make a chocolate layer cake. I buttered and cocoa-ed the pans. Unfortunately they stuck badly and werent usable (although my family enjoyed my "mistake").

Jul 08, 2007

wow i am impressed at the simplicity of this recipie and how perfect it came out. I halved the recipie and substituted applesuace for the oil and make 6 cupcakes out of it. Replace the oil for apple sauce saves a boat load of calories and each muffin i made only has 200 calories. Im eating these with some milk. yum a somewhat healthy chocolate fix this is, so moist and soft.

Jul 17, 2006

Very similar to a recipe my family has made for years. It's the best chocolate cake ever, in my opinion! I use 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. vanilla and only 3/4 cup oil; then bake 30 min. It's yummy!

Oct 12, 2005

I found the results of this cake to be similiar to a devil's food cake recipe that I often use. This recipe is certainly rich and chocolately, but I didn't find it chewy at all, just wonderfully moist. I think the results are excellent if you want a very moist cake, and especially if you don't happen to have eggs handy. The only change I would make is to add a little more salt to the recipe. I made this for a friend's birthday and covered it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. It was incredibly good. This is my new favorite chocolate cake recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

Feb 23, 2006

This is great because: it's very easy, very quick, very chocolatey, very moist, very inexpensive, and very easy to clean up after (one bowl- yeah)! I brought this to a meeting and it was very well received too! I sub'd 1 c. of packed brown sugar for one of the cups of white sugar because that was what I had on hand. Turned out great & I just dusted with powdered sugar to serve. The only thing it needs is a "prettier" name- maybe "Super Cake"!

Jan 31, 2006

This is a good basic chocolate cake. It's easy to put together with ingredients usually on hand. I frosted my cake with a jumbo Hershey's bar. I broke it into sections and placed evenly over the hot cake and allowed it to melt. Then I smoothed it over the entire cake.

Mar 16, 2006

I made this cake for a friend with a dairy allergy. It tasted pretty good - a lot like a boxed cake mix. It would work as a vegan cake as well. I improvised a non-dairy frosting of melted semisweet chocolate chips, 3 tbs brewed coffee, 1 tbs canola oil, and a little maple syrup for sweetener. Worked well together


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  • Calories
  • 207 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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