This chocolate cake is really, really good! It is so good it would be worth making even if this were a complicated recipe, but this is one of those quick and easy cakes where you just put all the ingredients into a baking pan and stir just enough to thoroughly blend everything together. This recipe makes a dark chocolate cake with a wonderful texture and flavor, and it’s as easy as a cake mix to put together.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I do not recommend any other flour for this cake)
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons oil (I use a light olive oil)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla (I use 1 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 cup cold water

This cake is so quick and easy to make because it can be mixed and baked right in the 8-inch square pan. Greasing the pan is not necessary. Mix flour (I prefer unbleached), sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt with a whisk until well blended. Pour the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and cold water (all at once) on top of the dry ingredients. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended together but do not over-mix. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Delicious!