Grant Melton is no stranger to our site, and for good reason. His recipes run the gamut from cheese balls to rosé chicken. But of all his contributions, one remains eternally popular: his No-Measure Chocolate Cake. The recipe was posted towards the end of 2017, and in its short time on the site, has accrued multitudes of fans. The secret to its success: Melton’s cake recipe eschews traditional forms of measurement, opting instead for a 7 oz. Greek yogurt container as the only tool. Don’t believe me? Watch the recipe video below to see for yourself.
I talked to Melton about his winning recipe and how he first developed the idea. Here's what he had to say:
I came up with the No-Measure Cake idea when I purchased an individual serving size container of yogurt to make a cake and thought it would be fun to to create a recipe that used the whole container, instead of just a small amount. I noticed the small container was about the same size as a 1 cup measurement and wondered if maybe I could use the empty yogurt cup to measure all of the ingredients. I did a little research and found Nigella's Yogurt-Pot Cake, inspired by Italian yogurt pot cakes. Finding Nigella's recipe was a giant confidence boost to create my own! My version uses self-rising flour so that you don't have to use any baking powder or soda (or dirty any teaspoons!). And I used some cocoa powder to take the cake in a chocolaty direction. I love that recipe because it's the definition of foolproof. It can turn even the most challenged cooks into a star baker. It really is baking at it's laziest and result couldn't be more delicious.
However you got us here, Grant, we're definitely thankful. Check out the recipe for his winner of a cake:
- 1 7-oz container plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 container canola oil
- 1 container sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 containers self-rising flour
- 1 container cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 container coffee or warm water
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Have you tried Grant's cake? If so, tell us how it went in the comments below.