Slice of chocolate cake on a gold rimmed plate with the cake in the background.

Store-cupboard Chocolate Cake!

Chocolate Cake

Store-cupboard Chocolate Cake! Who loves chocolate cake? Everyone yes? Well, a little known secret… but not me! I could never understand why people were so crazy about it! Chocolate yes! Cake that is chocolate no! Then, I started making it for birthdays and other special occasions and you know what? Yes, you guessed it! I was wrong!


I realised that I must have always been eating the wrong type of chocolate cake! There is sticky (only eat a small slice) chocolate fudge cake which is better served hot with cream or ice-cream. I could picture bakery windows where there was layer upon layer of chocolate cake bound with creamy chocolate frosting. I had munched on a range of rich virtually black chocolate cakes to the pale almost beige coloured chocolate cakes. Give me a coffee cake (this is a cake flavoured with coffee, not a cake you eat with coffee) any day! 🙂

A Cake for everyone

This chocolate cake can be what you make it! This recipe gives you a blank canvas to finish as you wish! Leave the cake plain as we did. Slice the cake into layers and fill it with fresh cream, or buttercream – vanilla or chocolate flavour. You can completely cover this cake with icing and decorate with sweets, chocolates or biscuits (cookies). You could add some fresh fruit – raspberries go great with chocolate, so do cherries, strawberries, or even mango and banana. If it’s your thing, you could try sandwiching your cake with peanut butter or even almond butter.

Slice of chocolate cake laying on a white patterned plate with the rest of the cake in the background.
Slice of Cake

Store-cupboard Ingredients

We have tried to make this recipe as easy as possible, using ingredients most people have in their store-cupboard (or pantry)! However, there are some basics which you need such as flour, sugar and oil but these are interchangeable. If you follow a gluten-free diet, use your favourite gluten-free flour blend. If you are low on plain flour, you can use self-raising and omit the baking powder. You could also make oat flour to make your plain flour go further by mixing half and half.

Sugar can be any that you have. Regular white granulated sugar is fine for this cake, but caster, brown or even coconut sugar would still make this delicious!

We have stated olive oil in the recipe, but any neutral flavoured liquid oil would suffice – vegetable, sunflower or olive. You will notice there is water in this cake!

Water I said! Yes, we are not crazy, water-cake is actually a thing! You can use all water, or mix it with some of your favourite milk. You could even try half orange juice if chocolate-orange cake is your thing (I want to make that now)!

Cake Flavourings

Obviously a chocolate cake wouldn’t be very chocolatey without some form of chocolate and to make this easier (and so you can save your chocolate for eating) we have used cocoa powder. Cocoa powders vary in flavour dramatically and tend to lose their flavour once open. If you have regular cocoa powder that is great, if you have raw cacao powder, adjust the amount by half to prevent the flavour being overpowering. You will see this recipe has a spoonful of coffee granules included. Coffee enhances the flavour of the chocolate and using the coffee in this way will not make your cake taste of coffee! If vanilla is something you don’t use, no worries – this just gives an extra rich flavour to your cake.

Whole chocolate cake on a wire rack with one slice cut on a silver cake slice.
Whole Cake

Let’s Bake!

The recipe itself is quite simple! Mix the powdered ingredients. Mix the liquid ingredients. Whisk wet into dry. Pour into a tin. bake in a pre-heated oven. Ta-da! You will have yourself one delicious ready to eat cake!

Chocolate Cake

A plain chocolate cake used as a blank canvas to finish as you wish.

Keyword: basic recipe, cake, chocolate cake, storec cupboard
Serves: 1 cake
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 7 teaspoons baking powder (check your own for quantities per 100g flour)
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (use 1.5-2 if raw cacao powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • 240 g sugar
  • 375 ml warm water
  • 85 ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and sugar together.

  2. In a jug add the water, oil, coffee and vanilla – mix until the coffee dissolves.

  3. Whisk the liquid into the dry ingredients ensuring all lumps are gone.

  4. Pour the batter into a lined or greased cake tin. Cook at Gas Mark 4 for 40-50 minutes. When the cake is done, a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean.

  5. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before removing.

  6. Enjoy!


This store-cupboard cake was inspired by recent recipes from The Happy Pear and The Petite Cook. I’m sharing this over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week, co-hosted by  Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Liz @ Spades, Spatulas & Spoons

If you love this cake and make your own version, please share your photos and link back to us @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth Feel free to Pin this for later, or re-tweet and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter too!

Drop us a line or two in the comments… how would you serve your cake?

Speak soon

Laurena x


  • Eva Gallon 22nd May 2020 at 19:44

    I’ll have to find my round cake tin, this looks like a cake that even I can make without messing it up too much lol. Thanks for the recipe?I like the idea of adding orange juice, I must remember to get some oranges tomorrow (stores are closed on Sundays here)☺

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2020 at 19:53

      Yay! Go Eva. Go Eva. You can make this! I’ve got a bottle of black cherry & cinnamon I’m thinking of using! 🙂 So many great variations with this recipe. Oh to just go to a store…

  • Eva Gallon 22nd May 2020 at 20:12

    Yeah, we’ve been quite ‘bad’ going to supermarkets on the regular?I just hope the cotton masks we have and the alcohol gel provided by the one we tend to go to is enough to keep us safe! x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2020 at 20:14

      If you’re taking precautions then I’m guessing you should be okay. I couldn’t imagine waiting in the queues! So glad I’ve managed to get delivery slots every week or so! Hope you have a great weekend – it’s gone colder here today!

  • Eva Gallon 22nd May 2020 at 20:33

    It’s been overcast today but still a very muggy 28′. So looking fwd to it being a rainy 17′ tomorrow? I meant to say previously the black cherry and cinnamon would make it a sort of Black Forest Gateaux (maybe with aquafaba whipped cream in the middle??)

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2020 at 20:51

      Yes… and I randomly have a tin of black cherry pie filling! Sounds like a great Eid dessert! ?

  • Eva Gallon 22nd May 2020 at 20:34

    Oops, did you spot my error in French hehe? I should’ve known better lol

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2020 at 20:53

      ? I can have more than one cake?

  • Eva Gallon 22nd May 2020 at 21:06

    I bet you’re looking forward to the Eid celebrations, I hope it will provide some joy despite everything… Wishing you and your family a blessed Eid in advance, have a lovely weekend xx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2020 at 21:17

      Thank you! ?

  • Liz 28th May 2020 at 15:46

    Now this sounds like a cake I could make for now, not too rich and decadent but still delicious. I have been avoiding desserts because there is just the two of us and our waist lines have suffered the last few months. Could you sub bakers chocolate? I don’t have any cocoa powder in the pantry. Can you suggest amounts and methods? Thank you for bringing this to FF.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 29th May 2020 at 08:51

      Thank you Liz. Oh yes… I get the waistline sufferance! 😛 Baking. Eating. More baking. More eating! There’s been a lot of that here! I’ve been having a think about your question (sorry for the delay in replying), but I need to test it out (due to the water content). I will try and have a play this afternoon and see what I can create and let you know! One option I have though is to add a bit more vanilla and coffee, then add the chocolate in chopped form (like shards or chips). It will be a chocolate studded cake and I’m sure just as delicious! Thanks so much for co-hosting. Take care.


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