Easy (and cheap!) Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Sometimes you want a little something sweet but don’t really want to put much effort into it. If that sounds like you, you must make this recipe. It’s fast, easy, uses few dishes, and is made of pantry staples.

My recipe is adapted from one on recipezaar.

In an ungreased 9 x 13″ pan, mix:

1 1/2 c sugar
2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 1/2 t baking soda
3/4 t salt.

Add to these ingredients:
1/2 c canola oil
1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 t vinegar
Remains of your coffee pot (I had a couple of tablespoons of joe in there–coffee gives greater depth of flavor to chocolate, but I wasn’t about to put much effort into that!)

Stir until mixed, but don’t overdo it. Pop into the oven. 25 minutes later, cake. This is a very moist cake–you won’t be getting it out of the pan whole, so it’s not necessarily suitable for tiers or a lot of frosting. But it’s pretty yummy on its own, and makes a whole lot of cake. Depending on how hungry you are, I’d say you’ll get 15 servings out of this pan.

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