Easy Peasy Easter Cake (Egg and Milk Free!)


My mom's old recipe, slightly modified. If you like, you can make an adorable Easter bunny with two types of cake; vanilla body, chocolate ears, and coconut fur. Yum yum!

chocolate cake decorated with peeps for Easter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 8x8-inch cake


  • 1 ½ cups cake flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Grease and flour an 9x9-inch cake pan.

  3. Whisk together cake flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients

  4. Whisk water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until thoroughly combined; pour the wet ingredients into the well in flour mixture.

  5. Stir until batter is smooth. Pour into prepared cake pan.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

  7. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes before removing cake to finish cooling on rack.

Cook's Notes:

Vanilla cake: make recipe but don't add the cocoa powder, and add an extra 2 tablespoons of white sugar; increase vanilla extract to 1 tablespoon.

For a 2-flavor bunny cake, make bunny body out of vanilla cake; make ears from chocolate cake. Use flaked coconut for fur.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
9g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 61mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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