Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

by Brava Chef Travis


Servings 10-12

Active Time:

~15 min

Total Time:

~46 min

About this Recipe

My kids love chocolate cake, but making it from scratch can be a pain. Not anymore! I designed this recipe to be as easy as making chocolate cake out of a box. All you have to do is mix the ingredients in a bowl and bake—it’s that simple. The frosting is also very easy to make because it uses cocoa powder instead of chocolate so there’s no melting required. You probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry so you could be eating this cake in less than an hour.


  • Cake Batter:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk

From Your Pantry

butter or cooking spray


Brava square pan

mixing bowls

stand mixer or electric hand mixer (optional)


Nutrition Information

Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


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  1. 1

    Prep flour and oil mixtures

    • In medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
    • Add butter and, using your fingers, work into flour until mixture resembles fine cornmeal.
    • In another medium bowl, whisk together ¾ cup water, oil, eggs and vanilla extract.
    • Pour oil mixture into flour mixture; stir until no large lumps remain.
    • Lightly butter or spray Brava square pan; pour batter into pan.

  2. 2

    Bake cake

    • Press green button to begin preheating.
    • When Brava is preheated, slide square pan into top shelf. Press green button again to begin baking.
    • While cake is baking, make chocolate frosting.

  3. 3

    Make chocolate frosting

    • In medium bowl (or bowl of stand mixer), beat butter and cocoa powder until incorporated.
    • Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract; mix well.
    • Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you achieve desired consistency. If frosting is too thick, add more milk. If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar.

  4. 4

    Frost cake

    • When your food is done, remove cake and cool in pan for 15 minutes.
    • After 15 minutes, carefully remove cake from pan. Transfer cake to wire rack, right side up, and cool to room temperature.
    • Evenly spread frosting on cake.
    • Cut into squares and serve.