Chocolate Walnut Cake

Like comfort food, this is a comfort Cake. It’s a lactose-free cake, perfect for those people who are lactose intolerant. The best part of this Chocolate Walnut Cake is you need just One bowl and 10 minutes to whisk it. Chocolate and Walnuts always made for each other, so, expect deliciousness in every crumb. This is a keeper. Hope you’ll enjoy baking it, just the way I do always especially for this one, it’s a family favourite. 

One cup of Coffee and a few slices of this Cake, my day is made. 🙂

Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Walnut Cake


Serves: 5-6

  • All-purpose flour/Maida- ¾ cup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder- ¼  cup
  • Baking powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Brown/White caster sugar (powdered sugar)- 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
  • Eggs- 2
  • Olive oil/Vegetable oil- ½ cup
  • Walnut- ¼ cup chopped + more for sprinkling on top
  • Chocolate chips- ¼ cup + more for sprinkling on top


Before I start all the ingredients were at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare a 7.5” loaf pan by greasing with oil and place a piece of baking paper at the bottom of the pan.

In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar), whisk well. Next to add eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Whisk well until a smooth, lump free batter forms. Don’t whisk for a longer time. Mix in walnuts and chocolate chips into this. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Tap the cake pan gently on kitchen counter couple of times to release the air bubbles. Sprinkle some walnuts and chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50 minutes. Check for the doneness after first 30 minutes of baking, insert a sharp knife in the middle of the cake. The cake is ready if the knife comes out clean. If not, bake for some more time, and then check again.

Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes and then run a sharp knife around the edges of the pan and carefully remove the cake. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave there until cool completely.

When cooled, slice, serve and enjoy!


  • Baking time may vary little bit for different ovens and different sizes of baking pans.
  • During baking time when the cake browns perfectly on top (after 30 minutes or so), cover the top loosely with a piece of Aluminium foil until it is fully baked. It helps to prevent from over browning on the top.
  • Store the cake slices in an airtight container and keep refrigerated, consume within a week.
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Chocolate Walnut Cake


  1. Any substitute for eggs?

  2. Awesome.
    I just have a question, can I use butter instead of oil? If yes then how much?

  3. Tried this cake just now …..came out very hard and crusty not nice at all. The batter was very thick .

    • Hi Dipti! Sorry to hear that…The problem here was baking time, cake comes crusty and hard if over baked. Did you check for the doneness after first 30 minutes as I’ve mentioned in the recipe? Thick batter is not a problem with any cake recipe, and it has no relation with the softness of a cake. This one is neither a thin battered cake, nor a very thick one, I hope you’ve used measurement cups. Better luck next time.

  4. Yes I did check the cake in 30 mins and covered it with a foil . I used 250 ml cup measure . This I think is a standard measure for most cakes as yur recepie does not specify the measure u have used.

    • Dipti I follow 1 cup= 250 ml measurement too. Rest I’ll repeat what I’ve said earlier, an over baked cake comes out dry. This is a tried and tasted old family recipe. Every oven works a bit differently that is what I believe.

  5. Malati Bhaduri

    Made this yday. It came out beautifully. As you said, the trick is not letting it over bake. Thanks for a great recipe Chandrima.

  6. What is the brand of olive or vegetable oil which we should use for baking cake.Which would br perfect?

    Also for some cakes i see that even after baking perfectly the downmost portion of the cake is a little more sticky when it comes in mouth.Does this means i should increase the temperature or increase cooking time?Cake was baked nicely but onky the down portion has this problem.I am using an Lg oven.

    • Hi Aiswarya,

      You can use any good branded oil for baking. There is no such perfect oil, just use the vegetable oil you cook with every day. For that downmost portion’s stickiness, I would suggest make it sure that you cool the cake on a cooling rack every time after baking, because a cake keeps cooking inside during the process of cooling and this cooling time is an important factor for the inside texture of a cake. Temp decreasing, increasing wouldn’t help into this. Hope this will help, Happy Baking. 🙂

  7. hii can i bake this cake in microwave???

  8. Pankhuri Singhal

    How can I replace eggs ?(not flaxseeds) and this recipe make how much qty of cake?

  9. Hi..want to make this cake for a family get together..but I need at least 40 do I use the measures..can you please send me the measurements for such a big cake?

    • Hi Gerry, I was travelling that’s why couldn’t able to answer your query earlier. You can always add up the amount of ingredients by doubling them as per your requirement for a bigger cake.


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