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The BEST cake for your chocolate cravings!
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Chocolate Craving Cake

Chocolate Craving Cake has the most decadent, rich chocolate flavor without a whole lot of fuss. Then, it's paired with a chocolate frosting that is nothing like I have ever imagined!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, chocolate craving cake
Servings: 9 slices
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net



  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (63 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (100 g) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (55 g) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (118 g) warm water, or warm brewed coffee


  • 1 cup (168 g) milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with parchment paper and spray sides and bottom. If using a metal baking pan, heat oven to 325°F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add in egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix on low until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 additional minutes.
  • Add in warm water and gently stir. The batter will be very thin.
  • Pour batter into the prepared dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a clean toothpick is inserted and removed with a few crumbs, but no wet batter.
  • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then, continue cooling on a rack until room temperature.


  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each heating, until they are fully melted.
  • To the melted chocolate chips, add the sour cream and vanilla. Stir by hand until frosting is well combined and fluffier.
  • Spread over cooled cake.



Serving: 1piece | Calories: 315kcal