One Bowl Chocolate Fruit Cake

filed under: Cakes on April 19, 2017

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!


Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}

One Bowl Chocolate Fruit Cake

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

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!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

For this cake I made in the video I divided the batter between one 8-inch pan and one 6-inch pan. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

5 from 2 votes
Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This One Bowl Chocolate Cake comes together quickly and tastes amazing!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Bowl Chocolate & Fruit Cake
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Amanda Rettke
For the Cake
  • 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
For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 c cold heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
For the Cake
  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 the Whipped Cream
  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.

Recipe Video

Easy AND Delicious! {VIDEO}

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  • Heather B. says:

    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 says:

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

  • Karen says:

    Absolutely love, love, love the video!

  • Juliet |biscuitsandladles says:

    Yes to baby’s breath. haha!

  • 2pots2cook says:

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

  • Vanessa Davis says:

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

  • Lucita says:

    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…????????????

  • Sue says:

    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 says:

    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 says:


    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 says:

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

  • Sharyn Wilde says:

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

  • Frances says:

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

  • Peggy Barbaree says:

    I love everything about this site. So many things to learn. Thank you for all the work you put into making us better cooks.

  • Karen Guessbonness says:

    Your cakes look beautiful and delicious most I am looking for the best homemade white almond cake that is the lightest and fluffiest and flavorful ever I hope you can help meal was

  • Indi says:

    please let me have the ingredients in grms and ltrs..instead of cups.. thank u so so much in advance.

  • Jocelyn Williams says:

    I love baking .. Learn a .ot of different dessert an others stuff

  • Saeeds Abobakar says:

    My name is Saeeda Abobakar from Virginia
    Thank you . You did a good job
    I love everything you do
    We learn so many things
    Thank you for all the work you put in the Facebook I always love your videos

  • Olivia says:

    I love amanda cakes

  • Pooja Parmar says:

    This chocolate & fruit cake looks like itโ€™s so delicious that Iโ€™m going to make it in this weekend your recipe.

  • Sripriya Iyyanar says:

    It’s yummy and tasty ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜„

  • Tatenda Joyce kunaka says:

    Very nice and woow

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