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Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

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Rating (4.3438)
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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Serves: 12

Description

This is the best chocolate cake I've ever had; moist, flavorful and frugal! It's also vegan and costs less than $3 including the icing! We make this often here and the kids adore it.

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons vinegar
3/4 cup Oil
2 cups water

Preparation

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a 9x13 pan.
Make three holes in the flour mixture.
In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil.
Pour water over all and stir well.
Bake at 350 degrees F until it springs back to the touch or a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean - about 25 minutes.

Icing

1 stick margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
powdered sugar

Melt margarine and add vanilla and milk. Add powdered sugar until desired consistency - loose but spreadable. This thickens as it cools.

**As a variation, I add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the flour mixture and add a cinnamon chocolate buttercream icing to the top.

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Reviews

samiha
12/31/69

star_onstar_offstar_offstar_offstar_offsamiha says:

how much hr we should put in the oven

ljanke
12/31/69

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onljanke says:

I've been making a recipe very much like this for YEARS! My recipe also calls for cinnamon, for the 3cup flour amount I use 1 tsp. and I also cut the oil down to 1/3 cup. Plus it's such good cake we don't even bother with icing:)

allychew
9/04/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onallychew says:

I make this all the time after you first posted it! It's a fantastic and quick cake recipe, I halve it and bake it in an 8" pan in my "infrared" B&D toaster oven! My son has a friend who is both a vegetarian and egg allergic, this is the perfect cake for him and he is thrilled every time I make it when he comes over! Have to admit though, I use canned icing!

Anniepooh
9/05/09

Anniepooh says:

You know, the original recipe is halved - I've been doubling all these years to fit my family! I love this silly cake. Thanks, Ally!

LadyGourmet
10/14/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onLadyGourmet says:

This looks delicious! I love this idea!

lizzclements
12/03/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offlizzclements says:

I haven't tried this recipe in particular, but I can attest to "whaky cake" being good! My mother has a recipes from the 1920s for it. It's easy to make, moist, delicious, and vegan!

katz66
12/06/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_offkatz66 says:

I to have made this cake since someone gave me the recipe when my kids were in first grade. It was told to me it was the depression cake. No eggs no butter and it was for an 8 by 8 pan which was great two dessert nights. It is a reliable cake to make. The recipe that I was given called for rasins. I hate rasins so never used them.

katz66
12/06/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_offkatz66 says:

I need to say one more thing about the Wacky cake. There is a chocolate depression cake as well as one with rasins. I have both recipes. As i said beore I don't eat rasins. This is a good cake to have your children start to make it.

bobbyz80
1/27/10

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onbobbyz80 says:

I frigging LOVE this cake. Hands down my favorite chocolate cake (been making it since highschool).

steveneu
12/28/10

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onsteveneu says:

I just made this only cut everything in half and made it in a 8X8 pan. This stuff is deadly when you're having a raging case of the munchies! And so easy and it didn't need any frosting for me.

martins226
2/07/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onmartins226 says:

My mother and grandfather had been making this cake recipe since the 1940's--they found it in a newspaper--it was wacky because it didn't have eggs in it. We have had it with icing and without--my mother made a chocolate fugde icing that was just the finishing touch for this truly wonderful cake.

Theresa111
2/18/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onTheresa111 says:

I bet this cake is not only fun to make with your kids, but it liiks like it has good flavor. I'll try it and bake it in my Pampered Chef large mixing bowl, so it will be dome-shaped!

batgirl13
3/28/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offbatgirl13 says:

Soooooo yummy!

batgirl13
3/28/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offbatgirl13 says:

Soooooo yummy!

rawrgirpow
5/04/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offrawrgirpow says:

who cursed me with this sweet tooth? never thought it would be such a bad thing. (:l0l:)

trudyweaver
5/09/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_ontrudyweaver says:

I grew up on this cake the only difference was that my mom used the 7 minute frosting, that you had to cook over the double broiler. I can't even imagine eating it any other way. It was ALWAYS MY FAVORITE!!!!

maryhforrest
5/22/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onmaryhforrest says:

This cake is delicious any way you make it. I like it with warm with just butter. Also powdered sugar is good on it if you don't want to have icing. When I started making it 45 years ago, it only cost 50 cents to make. Haven't figured the cost as of now, but you can proudly serve this cake for any occasion.

Renjini
6/23/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onRenjini says:

This saturday is my birthday and I was looking for ice cream cake,but......this will be it!..I remember my mom making this,she is 90 now and was in The WPA,still has their old cookbook for when she was 16 or 17 then,it was so yummy then and I look forward to making it and enjoying it along with home made ice cream,vanilla and bluberry thank you for this great site I'll come back often have a delightfull day all

alineb
9/10/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onalineb says:

I remember making this in Home Ec. but lost the recipe. I'm so glad to see it and will be making it for my granddaughters! We called it Three hole cake.

sgdenardo
10/19/11

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onsgdenardo says:

I love this cake. When I was a little girl my grandmother made it alot. And when I lived in Alaska It was a wonderful treat for my kids. Back thn eggs were very expensive so we didn'talways have them on hand. I give it 5 stars

ronmarlee1
4/21/12

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onronmarlee1 says:

The Wacky cake has been in our family for over 100 years, but the name of it used to be just dark chocolate cake. YOU CAN'T BEAT IT IF YOU ARE ON A SLIM BUDGET. My Mom made it for 12 children.

lea.tabaja
8/17/12

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onlea.tabaja says:

yummy

nonnac
8/27/12

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onnonnac says:

This is my favorite chocolate cake and also that of my 6 yr.old granddaughter since I turned her on to it. She loves helping make this cake and it really is easy and fun for kids. My recipe is about 53 years old and is for half the amounts listed here. Instead of the oil, we use 6 TBSP melted Butter. I bake it @ 350 for 30-35 minutes in a round cake pan with a greased BOTTOM only. The recipe states to mix all ingredients right in the pan, which you can do, but I find it easier to mix in a bowl, then pour into the baking pan. If a child is helping, definitely use a bowl for mixing....it saves a big mess! We usually don't use frosting on this cake, but serve it with a whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, or sweetened heavy whipped cream. (I also use 2 of these round Wacky cakes when making a layered ICE CREAM CAKE. Two layers of cake alternating with two layers ice cream, covered on top and sides with chocolate ganache. Wacky Cake stays moist and doesn't taste 'dry' like some chocolate cakes used in ice cream cakes.)

Salwa2cool
9/16/12

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_offSalwa2cool says:

Luks yummm....slurppp !!
Hey instead of baking soda,can I use baking powder?If yes,so how many tsp?

Tersia
3/09/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offTersia says:

a very moist but nice cake

cayteo
3/19/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_offcayteo says:

awesome recipe there!i tried it and it was really delicious ;)

CathAnn
3/25/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_offstar_offCathAnn says:

looks nice

Jessicaklimkait
4/15/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_offJessicaklimkait says:

good

resa.ida
4/24/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onresa.ida says:

its a good mmmmm very good

resa.ida
4/24/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onresa.ida says:

i love this cake and its a very good cake and i love it



resa.ida
4/24/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onresa.ida says:

its cake very good cake its delision and i lovet cake you are best personand you are in today its my best friend

Heatherhansen89
8/02/13

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onHeatherhansen89 says:

so good!!

allan1234
4/29/14

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onallan1234 says:

tasty

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