One Bowl Chocolate & Fruit Cake

Creating beautiful and delicious cake can also be easy. This One Bowl Chocolate Cake comes together quickly and tastes amazing!

Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}

I wanted to make this cake to show a little bit of my “behind the scenes” process. (Video below) I often work with clients who request certain recipes and ingredients and the process from conception to completion is often long! We start by brainstorming, then I shop for ingredients, then I bake and prepare the recipe. After the recipe is made, I need to style and photograph it, which is such a fun part! After photographing (and sometimes doing a video which takes many more hours!) I will edit photos. After photos are edited then I will share all on my social media; Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. And then… we get to enjoy it! The entire process can take over 10 hours and be over the course of days. But it’s worth it… I do love my job!

I hope you enjoy the video below. There are a lot of Olivia cameo’s, which makes sense because she never leaves my side! <3

To make this cake you will need:

0ne bowl chocolate cake recipe (below)

whipped cream (below)

fresh fruit

baby’s breath (optional)

small offset spatula

cake stand

Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}

I double this recipe so that I would have plenty of whipped cream.

Begin by making the cakes. Allow to cool.

Prepare whipped cream.

Wash and dry all fresh fruit.

Set 8-inch round cake on cake stand. Spread about 1 cup of whipped cream over the cake with offset spatula. Set 6-inch cake off-center. Cover in whipped cream.

Place the fruit on the lower edge of the cake. Then place more fruit on the opposite top edge of the 6-inch cake.

If you want, you can add in baby’s breath around the fruit.

So simple, yet such a lovely way to serve!

Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 35m
  • Yield: 12 pieces


  • 3/4 c unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 c low-fat buttermilk
  • 3/4 c warm coffee
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. McCormick pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans. Add cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and then pour into the bowl of a mixer. Mix on low speed until just combined.
  2. Slowly add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Divide batter between pans. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 15 minutes. Turn out from pans. Transfer to wire racks. Let cool completely.

For this cake I made in the video I divided the batter between one 8-inch pan and one 6-inch pan.

Perfect Whipped Cream


  • 1 c cold heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. confectioners\' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whip cream until soft peaks are just about to form. Add in vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Make sure not to over-beat.

Here is that video I was talking about. An average bake/shoot day is usually about 10 hours, and can sometimes happen over the course of a couple days. And sharing on social media is a never-ending process! 🙂

I really hope you enjoyed this little snippet into my process. I would love to share more like this; often times the outtakes are the best memory makers!

To make this recipe into a 4 layer cake just bake in two 8-inch round cake pans. After the cake has cooled, divide each layer in two. Top with chocolate buttercream, whipped cream, and the fruit of your choice!

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Heather B.

I always love your videos, Amanda, but this one was extra special with the shots of two of your precious kids! Love the earmuffs and the dark chocolate smiles:) Thank you for sharing the most delicious recipes and for all the time you put into giving us the best cakes & other sweets.

Analida's Ethnic Spoon

It is almost too pretty to eat. The white fluffy creme and the rich chocolate. Beautiful photos.


Absolutely love, love, love the video!

Juliet |biscuitsandladles

Yes to baby’s breath. haha!


You do great and creative things. Thank you so much !

Vanessa Davis

Really pleased with the end result! We would definitely make this once again.


thank you for sharing your idea…its really simple and nice…but im still stugling to make..still thank you coz your cake is delicious and my best seller…????????????


Making this now and seeing coffee in the ingredient list, but not directions. Guessing it gets added when the buttermilk does. Hope that’s correct!!

Brenda Soe Hlaing

My mane is Brenda and i am from Myanmar ( Burma) your cake is so lovely I love the simple decoration with the fruits on it and thanks for the receipe

Thanks & regards

Maureen T


The cake is so pretty. I have a lot of fresh fruit so I sm thinking about baking this cake.
How do you serve this cake? Do you have a separate bowl with extra fruit?
Are the laters separated before cutting? What are the portion sizes?

Beautiful work ion this cake and others I saw today on your site.

Obiekwe ogechukwh

Pls what is buttermilk? How can I make it if I can’t get it.

Sharyn Wilde

Love the simple beauty of this cake. I plan on making it at my next dinner party. I’m glad I found this blog thanks to your mug cake recipe which is so yummy!


Beautiful cake!
I only have two 9 inch pans. Would the time and temperature work the same ?