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Wacky Cake

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Wacky Cake is a classic egg and dairy free chocolate cake. NO mixer needed for this cake recipe, because it’s mixed right in the 9×13 pan that it’s baked in. You get a soft, chocolatey cake that you can top with any frosting you like!


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In an un-greased 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.


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


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 16.8 g
  • Sodium: 158.4 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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