Wacky Cake Recipe

Wacky Cake is one of our old family favorite recipes passed down through 5 generations now.  It’s one of those quick and easy go to recipes you’ll be happy to add to your recipe collection.

Wacky cake is a moist egg-free cake that’s even better the day after you make it.  It’s a unique chocolate cake recipe since, unlike most cakes and desserts, there are no eggs, butter or milk.  This makes it a convenient cake too, because most of us usually have the Wacky Cake ingredients in our pantries at all times.

Wacky cake has an interesting history.  When the Great Depression hit following the Stock Market Crash of 1929, families were forced to stretch their budgets and “make do”.  They used  minimal and cheap ingredients when it came to cooking. Some women were able to feed their families on a couple dollars a week.  Dessert was a luxury for most households and the depression or Wacky cake became an inexpensive dessert option.  It was a more affordable alternative to other cakes that would  need milk, eggs, and butter.  The Wacky or  Depression cake is just one of many examples of ingredient substitution during the Great Depression.  Another dessert that evolved from this time and lack of expensive ingredients was mock apple pie.

Wacky Cake is Born

The ingredients in this chocolate cake include flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar and vanilla extract.  You can top your chocolate Wacky Cake with icing or confectioner’s sugar, or even serve it plain.

You’ll find that Chocolate Wacky cake is even better served the next day; it becomes more moist and delicious.

Give this recipe a try, it may become your go-to chocolate cake recipe when you need a quick dessert.

Here is the Wacky Cake recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons White Vinegar
 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients one by one to the dry ingredients and mix well either by hand or low speed on mixer.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool cake, sprinkle top with powdered sugar and enjoy!
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