Have you heard about the wacky cake that doesn’t require eggs, milk, or butter to be moist and delicious? When we were going through a food allergy scare around here, I desperately wanted to find something that halfway resembled chocolate cake without the eggs and dairy. I was shocked at how amazing this chocolate cake turned out! Then we found out that it was a thing ….. some call it wacky cake, some call it crazy cake, war cake, or great depression cake. Who knew?
The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>
You don’t even need to dirty up a bowl. Preheat the oven. Grease your 8 inch-ish bundt or square baking pan. Add the dry ingredients (all 5). Making a small well and add the vinegar. On the other side of the pan, make another small well and pour the vanilla into it. Make a slightly larger well and then pour the oil into it. Pour the water over it all. Stir with a spoon until well blended. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
How easy is that?
Here’s your a printable recipe card for your wacky cake:
- 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease your 8 inch-ish bundt or square baking pan.
- Add the dry ingredients (all 5) directly to baking pan.
- Make a small well and add the vinegar.
- On the other side of the pan, make another small well and pour the vanilla into it.
- Make a slightly larger well and then pour the oil into it.
- Pour the water over it all.
- Stir with a spoon until well blended.
- Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Important: I haven’t tried other oils in this recipe besides vegetable oil but I’m sure melted coconut oil or olive oil at the same exact measurement would be just fine. It may seem weird to make the “wells” to pour the certain ingredients in but trust me, it works. Only mix once, at the end after pouring in the water.
I hope you enjoy this lifesaver of a recipe. Whether you need to omit the eggs and other dairy or you need to pinch those pennies, honey, this simple chocolate cake is a keeper! Although this cake doesn’t need it, you can add a tiny bit of chocolate icing or a light dusting of sifted confectioners sugar on the top to make it even more spectacular.
What do YOU think about this wacky cake recipe?
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