‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Recipe Includes a ‘Miracle’ Hack

Can you make a cake with just three ingredients? The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond has the perfect chocolate cake recipe that uses one easy store-bought shortcut for the easiest cake around. It’s so quick to make, Drummond asked, “Why have I spent all this time in my life making cake from scratch when I could do this?”

'The Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond poses in a bright colored shirt during a cooking segment on the Today show in 2019.
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Ree Drummond’s 3 ingredient chocolate cake uses a ‘miracle’ baking trick

Drummond demonstrated how to make her three ingredient chocolate cake recipe on an episode of The Pioneer Woman and she had a simple trick to replace the flour and sugar used in a typical cake batter. Drummond used hard chocolate cookies that she put in a food processor and pulsed into fine crumbs.

“You just want to buy chocolate cookies that are very, very hard and crisp,” she advised. “So you don’t want to buy the ones with the cream filling because that would make them too moist. You just want really dry and crisp chocolate cookies.”

The Pioneer Woman star poured the cookies into a food processor and pulsed them into crumbs, then she added baking powder into the feed tube and combined the two ingredients. “So basically, the store-bought cookies are flour, cocoa, and sugar — so you kind of took care of those ingredients there,” Drummond explained.

She noted, “This is a really cool recipe and it’s been kind of showing up on the internet here and there. But it’s pretty much a miracle how all of this comes together to make a cake. I mean, gone are the days where you mix eggs and buttermilk and vanilla. Just buy yourself some chocolate cookies and you’re golden.”

Drummond poured two cups of milk into the tube while pulsing the food processor, and asked one all-important question: “Why have I spent all this time in my life making cake from scratch when I could do this?”

‘The Pioneer Woman’ makes a simple 2 ingredient frosting and adds a colorful topping

Drummond poured the cake batter into a pan sprayed with cooking spray and lined with parchment paper, then baked it in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 22 minutes. She allowed the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan and made a “simple frosting,” a combination of powdered sugar and whole milk.

The Pioneer Woman star pointed out how the dessert is perfect “if you need a last-minute birthday cake … you can just crumble up some cookies, have a cake in the oven within like five minutes, and then just make a super-simple frosting,” she explained.

After spreading the frosting over the top of the cake, Drummond added an easy decoration — sprinkles! “That’s what you call a cake in minutes,” she said as she showed off her colorful semi-homemade cake.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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