Wacky Cake

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don’t even grease the pan!

This recipe is a major throw back. I found a version of this in my mom’s recipe box, and then after a quick google search, apparently everyone’s mom probably made this one too. And here’s your history lesson for the day…It’s also known as Depression Cake…and was created back in the Depression Era where ingredients were scarce and expensive. So this cake is actually made without eggs or any dairy…which makes it lighter on the wallet, but also great for anyone who suffers from an egg or dairy allergy! Of course I frosted it…and the frosting isn’t dairy free…but the cake itself absolutely is!

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

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AND the other great thing about this cake is it’s truly a one bowl cake. No mixer involved AND you mix the ingredients right in the pan that it bakes in! When following my moms recipe I was a little skeptical about this…because not only do you use your cake pan as the mixing bowl, you don’t grease the pan. I certainly envisioned a huge cake fail…but alas, it worked.

Let me show you…

 

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

Like I said, I sifted the ingredients right into the ungreased pan. Sifting the ingredients together is the easiest way to combine them. I also whisked them together too.

Then you just make 3 “wells” in the dry mix. You pore vinegar in one, vanilla in another and oil in the last.

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

Then you pour water over the entire situation and whisk it together to combine. I found online that using a fork here works well too.

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

Once it’s all mixed. go ahead and bake!

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

PERFECT!!

I let it cool and used my Perfect Party Frosting on top. You could also just dust it with powdered sugar, use a poured chocolate frosting like the one use on my Sunday Chocolate Cake or even make creamy chocolate frosting like the one I made HERE.

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

When it was time to cut a slice I was worried about the cake sticking because of not greasing the pan.

No worried necessary. It didn’t come out completely clean, like if I greased it well or used parchment paper, but since it is a sheet-style cake it doesn’t matter at all!

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

It’s seriously so soft and fluffy! It’s nice to have a cake recipe that’s different, easy and delicious!

WACKY CAKE! This is an egg and dairy free cake recipe (without the frosting). You make it right in the cake pan, so NO MESS! You don't even grease the cake pan!

Enjoy!!

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Wacky Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In an ungreased 9×13 baking pan sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the ingredients together gently to combine.
  3. Make 3 wells in the dry ingredients. Pour the vanilla in one, the vinegar in another, and the oil in the last. Pour the water all over the top. Using a whisk or a fork, stir the batter until smooth and combined.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool and dust with powdered sugar or frost.

Notes

I like using my Perfect Party Frosting or the poured icing from my Sunday Chocolate Cake.

 

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25 Responses

  1. Stephanie Rorabaugh

    I’ve made this for many years. My family an solute loves it with my homemade peanut butter icing, and it’s very moist.

  2. Rehanna Agrela

    Hi I have been using this recipe for a long time. Always a winner in my house and with the friends. I use a different frosting. 250 ml fresh cream, beat to stiff peaks, add 1 can of caramel treat and mix. Then add 3 tbs of cocoa power with and mix again. Spread over the cake. Try it and see how you like that. Greetings from South Africa.

  3. Shirley

    I have been making this cake for over 40 years because of children with allergies. The cake is so good that it is often used for special occasions. So quick, so easy, so good!

  4. Marla

    My mom was never a baker; still isn’t, but we were raised on this cake!! I still love it to this day & make it on occasion. She would do a margarine (yuck, I know!), coconut, pecan topping on it that was really tasty & still made it dairy free!

    1. Del.S.

      The cake topping your mother used sounds just like the one used for German Sweet Chocolate Cake. I remember it well. Add that fact to my making the Wacky Cake years ago from a children’s cookbook from the 50s and I feel like I just took a trip down Memory Lane!

  5. Kim

    This cake has been made over 70 years in my family! Slightly different measurements and we use regular vinegar. You can also mix it in a bowl and pour into pan. Comes out perfect every time!

  6. Brenda Bowers

    We have made this for many years in our family. I believe my grandmother got it from a radio show. I use cold coffee instead of water and sometimes for a change of pace, add cinnamon. Delicious!

  7. Julia

    Use cold coffee and not water and this reaches a whole other level!!!

    This is my go to vegan recipe. Been using it years. No idea it was “wacky”!!

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