Busy Day Chocolate Cake

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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!




Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.


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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