Busy Day Chocolate Cake

Published by Bonnie on

My Busy Day Chocolate Cake was inspired by my mother-in-law’s chocolate cake recipe that uses hot water.  I used to think tasty chocolate cakes were too labor-intensive to make from scratch. (Not sure why I thought that for so long, but I’m glad to have learned that the opposite is true!)

This recipe has the added benefit of a few healthier substitutions.  Instead of using all-purpose flour and refined white sugar, I use whole wheat pastry flour and sucanat natural sweetener.  The pastry flour provides a better texture for cake than just plain whole wheat flour (which tends to be really dense on its own).  The texture and taste remain wonderfully perfect!

I found the whole wheat pastry flour at Whole Foods Market, but you can probably find it elsewhere too.

chocolate cake

I used a small amount of powdered sugar and a doily to make the design above.

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5 from 1 vote

Busy Day Chocolate Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Author Bonnie Hershey


  • 1 Cup whole wheat pastry flour plus extra for pan
  • 1 Cup sucanat sweetener (or light brown sugar)
  • 1/4 C plus 2 TBL high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour 8" round cake pan. Set aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add milk, egg, and butter to dry ingredients. Stir just until combined.
  • Add boiling water last and mix in slowly.
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


Use powdered sugar or fresh cut strawberries to decorate and complement the delicate flavor of this cake!




Brian · April 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

5 stars
Loved this cake! Kids tested, Husband Approved. My mother made a delicious chocolate cake for our birthdays growing up. This recipe is just as good as my mother’s only healthier for you. 5 Stars all the way.

    Bonnie (site owner) · April 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for your comment and rating, Brian!

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