A simple, low-fat and--best of all--fast chocolate cake that is moist and dense.

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Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Oil and flour an 8-inch square cake pan.

  • Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together egg, oil and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir lemon juice into milk. Add to the egg mixture. Stir in hot water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

  • Turn batter out into the prepared pan. Bake until center springs back when pressed lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the cake upright on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen. Invert onto the rack, lift off pan and let cool completely. Place on a serving dish. Top with a light dusting of confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

126 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 26g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 17.4g; fat 1.8g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 15.7mg; vitamin a iu 24.3IU; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 33.3mcg; calcium 18.1mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 9.6mg; potassium 51.2mg; sodium 212.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (3)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
My family devoured this cake I cut 1/4 cup sugar used egg whites and low fat buttermilk and the cake was fantastic. Pros: Very moist Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Rubberylicious! I decided to make this to make up for the whipped cream icing and candy I was decorating this cake with for a birthday. I doubled it and made two layers. I thought I did something wrong when I saw that the batter was watery but it came out normal. The only thing strange was that something separated during baking and it looked like a two tone chocolate cake. Bottom half was dark top was lighter. It tasted fine and looked kind of cool but something obviously didn't work the way it was supposed to. That being said husband and two year old loved this cake (stabilized vanilla whipped cream for icing) and I am making it again now. It seems twice as high this second attempt for some reason. It was a little rubbery and sponge-like but in a delicious moist way and hey if you are making a low fat cake it is likely to be slightly different. I added a teaspoon of instant coffee to the hot water but followed recipe otherwise. I can tell I will make this fairly often. Pros: Fast easy flavorful Cons: Chemistry issues Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! This cake was super easy and super delicious to make. It was light and decadent. I made it to share with friends and everyone raved about it. I used almond extract in place of the vanilla as I had run out...liked the nutty taste it added. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
SUPRISED!!! i almost tossed this cake out after i mixed it because the batter was like water. I guess it is suppose to be that way. I told myself lets see how it works out. I put it in the oven and took my chances. 30 mins later it looked like cake and done! Like the title of my review l was SURPRISED. I let it cool dusted it with powdered sugar and cut my husband and myself apiece and was quite disappointed it was like cutting a sponge and the taste wasn't quite right. I make cakes from scratch often and well needless to say I wont be making this one again. Pros: cooks quickly looks delishious Cons: spongy off tasting tough almost Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious Though the batter was watery it turned out tender moist and delicious. I used almond milk instead of cow milk and sprinkled almonds in the pan so when flipped over it would have bits of almonds on top instead of frosting. Great cake. Pros: Quick and Easy Cons: Watery Batter Read More
Rating: 4 stars
...WOw This cake is probably the oddest cake I've ever made. i was surprised by the watery batter but it did turn out like normal cake. when it first came out of the oven it tasted more like rice than chocolate but went well with vanilla pudding. after a few days in the fridge it tasted a lot better:) this dense cake fills you up and makes a great snack so its great if you're on a diet or something Pros: quick easy pretty good Cons: not very sweet and sorta spongy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Moist moist moist is the best description of this cake. I could not wait for it to cool. I had it warm and it was delicious. Read More