Making a cake is so satisfying, especially when you are the only one home to taste-test the icing!

I grew up making this 1 egg chocolate cake, it is a recipe passed down from my mother! It was always our favourite – especially when we were learning to bake as it is fool proof and only uses one bowl (aka less washing up!).

I still to this day make it at least once a month, because it is my partners favourite cake. I ask him all the time – what do you want me to bake you? I will bake anything! And 2 out of 3 times he says the 1 egg chocolate cake….. literally the easiest thing I could be baking. Anyway I am not complaining, more time to other things I love!


Course Dessert
Keyword Cake, Chocolate
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 People


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 cup Boiling water
  • 1.5 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tsp butter softened
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 160Line and grease an 8inch round cake tin.
  • Cream Butter and Sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and beat well. Then add milk and sifted flour and cacao alternatively. Last add boiling water and pour into prepared tin. Cook in moderate oven for 20-25min or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile prepare the icing. Mix the icing sugar, cacao and butter together. Add in one tbsp milk, then 1 tsp of milk until desired consistency is reached.