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overhead image of chocolate soufflé cake dusted with cocoa powder up close with raspberries

Chocolate Soufflé Cake

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5 from 53 reviews

  • Author: Oliva Biermann
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


This cake is amazing for entertaining because it is crazy-easy to make and your guests will never guess it has only 5 ingredients! The texture is light but still decadent, and rich in chocolate flavor. It’s best served with a big dollop of sweet coconut whipped cream and fresh berries. 


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Additional Tools: 

  • 8-inch round cake pan, lined with parchment


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the water and canola oil; stir to combine. The batter should be fairly smooth, but a few small lumps are okay.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.


  • For an Instagram worthy presentation, sprinkle a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder over the top just before serving,
  • This cake is best made and served on the same day. However, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven