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Fast and Fun Chocolate Cake

Amy Jo’s Crazy Easy Cake

A dump cake may not sound appetizing, but it’s a quick way to make a delicious dessert. You only need one pan so cleanup is a breeze. This particular cake comes out extra moist due to the addition of a bit of applesauce. Here is what you need:


1 ½ cups flour

1 cup sugar

3 Tbs cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

3 Tbs melted butter

2 Tbs applesauce

1 Tbs white vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup water

1 cup chopped chocolate candy (or mini chocolate chips) – I like to use peanut butter M&Ms

While your oven is heating up to 350 degrees, grab your sifter, an 8×8 or 9×9 pan, and a spoon.


  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt directly into the pan. Yes, that’s right, don’t even worry about greasing the pan.
  2. Even out the the dry ingredients and then make 4 holes in the mixture. Pour the butter in one hole, the applesauce in another, the vinegar in another, and the vanilla in the last hole. You know what happens when vinegar and baking soda meet, right? That bubbling also helps make this a fantastically moist cake.
  3. Pour the cold water over the mixture and start stirring. Stir the batter until well-mixed.
  4. Pop the pan in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. A toothpick in the center should come out clean when it’s done.
  5. But wait! There’s more! Evenly sprinkle the chopped candy or mini chocolate chips over the top of the cake. Return it to the oven for another 2 to 4 minutes until the candy/chips have melted.
  6. Remove from oven and use a spatula to gently spread the melted goodness over the cake.
  7. Cool the cake completely (or not, it’s scrumptious warm).
  8. Cut into your preferred serving size.

Serving Suggestions

  • Top with whip cream
  • Top with ice cream
  • Put in a bowl and top with milk
  • Eat it straight from the pan

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