3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Velvety and rich chocolate loaf cake with just 3 ingredients? It can be done. I made these loaf cakes this weekend and they were so easy. You don’t even need a mixer. And the cake comes out so rich, with a very tender crumb.

Last week I experimented and came up with a mug cake using just ice cream, cake flour, and baking powder. I decided to make a full cake version using the same idea. I’ve previously made a quick bread before using ice cream and self-rising flour and I found that changing to cake flour created a softer texture that is much more like a cake.

I’m in love with baking in these small disposable loaves that I get on Amazon. They look nice, work well as gifts, and you can toss them when you’re done.

Make sure you use a very rich ice cream for this recipe. I used a Belgian Chocolate gelato from Ciao Bella. One bite and I knew this would make a perfect cake because the ice cream has such a deep chocolate flavor.

The cake is silky soft and intensely chocolate. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be making it again.


3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake


1 1/2 cups full fat chocolate ice cream or gelato (about 1 pint)
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare and spray with oil two 6 x 2.5 loaf pans.
2. Heat ice cream in microwave for about 30-40 seconds until almost fully melted. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add in flour and baking powder. Either by hand or using a stand mixer, mix until no flour lumps remain (use a whisk if mixing by hand). Pour into two loaf pans. Bake for about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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21 comments on “3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake”

  1. Wow!
    This cake looks amazing!
    So easy and with chocolate ice cream as the basic ingredient.
    I’ll definitely try this, thanks for sharing!

  2. From the photos it looks rather dry. Is it?

  3. This looks absolutely fantastic. I’m amazed by the idea of using ice cream to bake a cake!! Now, since it’s microwaved/melted prior to mixing, does that mean that I could technically use the ingredients found in the ice cream, rather than having it pre-made(for example, regular heavy cream + chocolate, etc.)? Does the mix have to be chilled for it to work?

    I’m just wondering how the recipe ends up the way it does, and also kind of hoping I can have my cake and eat my ice cream too… 😀

    • Yes you definitely can make a cake using the ingredients from the ice cream, though I don’t know how you’ll figure out the measurements. The reason why the cake works is because ice cream has butter, eggs, etc, which is why you don’t need all that extra stuff if you use ice cream instead.

  4. Oh and THANKS for sharing! <3

  5. This looks so rich and chocolatey. Love it!

  6. My local stores [aldi safeway gaint ] dont have Ciao Bella Belgian Chocolate Gelato . Will any chocoalte gelato work ?
    There are many asian and hispanic stores so I know they may hve something native to those countries.

  7. Can I use a cake mix or does it have to be cake flour?

    • Cake flour. I have no idea what will happen if you use cake mix. Cake mix already has other stuff added to it, it’s not just flour

  8. Is it possible to use this recipe to make cupcakes instead? I don’t have a bread tin atm but I really want to try this recipe for a party this Saturday.

    • I have not tried as cupcakes. I think it should work but I think the cake is more dense than what you would usually expect for cupcakes.

  9. What if we use strawberry or vanilla ice cream? would that equal to a tasty cake as well?

    • It technically works, but I don’t know if you will love it as much. I’ve experimented with a few flavors and the mild ones like vanilla and strawberry don’t transfer as much flavor into the cake. More powerful flavors like chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, tend to do a lot better.

  10. Hey Kirbie,
    I tried this two days in a row and on both the days it turned out perfect! I baked it in the microwave in a large bowl, silt it after cooling and filled the centre and top with Oreo and Nutella. It tasted great and my family loved it. Thank you for sharing this interesting recipe.

    • The nutrition value will vary greatly depending on the ice cream you use. You can use an online nutrition calculator to help you calculate the carbs

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