Easy Chocolate Cake

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Easy Chocolate Cake

One more Passover recipe, everyone. After all, the holiday isn’t over until Saturday night! But this one is also gluten-free and just super easy.

The other day, an old friend of mine asked for a chocolate cake recipe for her daughter’s birthday, which happens to fall this week. Since she also keeps Passover and works outside the home, I wanted to make her life as easy as possible.

The key to making this cake work lies with two factors: not overbaking it (it will dry out) and putting in lots of chocolate chips!

Easy Chocolate Cake

Confession time: I’m really looking forward to the end of this holiday so that I can focus on Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo recipes, not to mention the glory of the upcoming summer.

Easy Chocolate Cake

I used to hate the classic joke that goes something like this: what are the three best parts about being a teacher? June, July and August! Yeah, I hated that joke because I’ve always loved teaching and it was based on the assumption that we hate a majority of our year.

Loving summer is still a no-brainer, though. The days are lazy, the nights are long, and there’s frozen yogurt. And margaritas. I think we can all agree that those are wonderful things.

Easy Chocolate Cake

Before we get there, though, there’s chocolate cake. That’s also a wonderful thing.

This is a quick one-bowl recipe. You might have noticed that this week, I’m using a lot of potato starch. If you have no clue what that is, it’s a thickener (much like cornstarch) that subs in for flour. It’s very popular on Passover, but some recipes require it that don’t have anything to do with Passover. You can usually buy potato starch at kosher food stores, and it’s a great GF option. Or you can always sub in flour here if you’re not in the mood to be a GF person.

Easy Chocolate Cake

It’s the end of the week and there’s just a little more celebrating for us to do who observe the eight-day holiday to its fullest. I’ll see you all next week for some May recipe love!


Easy Chocolate Cake


6 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup potato starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13 rectangular pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the chocolate chips, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Manali @ CookWithManali

    love how easy this recipe is Mir, just mix everything together ๐Ÿ™‚ looks delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali. Those are my favorite kinds of recipes!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m excited for summer, too…I just can’t wait for the warmer weather, fresh produce, and sunshine! This cake looks fantastic, Mir. I love the chocolate chips in here. Makes it extra delicious in my opinion!
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    1. Mir

      I never have a problem adding extra chocolate chips!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I love one bowl cake recipes – they are so easy it almost isn’t fair. But up until today, I didn’t have one for a basic chocolate cake, and now I do!! The Southern husband’s birthday is this weekend, and I have a feeling he is getting easy chocolate cake now. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      There are some basic recipes out there that definitely do the trick!

  4. annie@ciaochowbambina

    One bowl recipes are the best! The only thing better is chocolate cake with chips built in! Love it, Mir! Happy weekend, my friend!
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    1. Mir

      Well, I added those. I couldn’t help it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Aria

    This looks so easy! I can’t wait to try.
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    1. Mir

      It really is the easiest!

  6. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    I am loving this chocolate cake Mir!! I love when you can just bake a delicious cake & not bother with frosting! This cake sounds perfect for weekend!
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    1. Mir

      Frosting is a bother. And it makes the cake less healthy. So I skip it a lot!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love that teachers get the summers off. . they (you) deserve it! dude, this chocolate cake. . love love love. This is what I’d want for Mother’s Day! and yes, totally looking forward to Cinco de Mayo recipes and summer! AH!!!!!
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    1. Mir

      Summers off are so sweet. I’m starting to plan already! I think there will have to be naps in there somewhere. It’s how teachers recharge after 10 months of crazy!

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