Wacky One Pan Chocolate Cake



  • 180g (1 cups) cake flour
  • 150g (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 60ml (¼ cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3ml (¾ tsp) bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75ml (5 tbsp) sunflower oil
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) white vinegar
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • Fresh berries in season, to serve
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • Whipped cream, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Spray a 20cm cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb and salt in this pan and mix. Using a wooden spoon, make one large indentation in the mixture and two smaller ones.
  3. Pour the oil into the large hole and the vinegar and vanilla separately into the smaller holes. Gradually add the water, mixing until just a few streaks of flour remain. Don’t overmix.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool in the pan before turning out onto a rack.
  6. Top with berries, dust with icing sugar and serve with cream.