WACKY CAKE – Old Fashioned Recipe

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Wacky cake is sometimes called Depression Cake or Crazy Cake because of when it originated and the ingredients in the cake.

Wacky Cake

Wacky cake has no eggs, butter or milk in the cake and it still comes out as a great chocolate cake.  It does not seem possible that this cake is so good without those items.  It seems to have originated sometime during the great depression when ingredients were so hard to obtain.  I make this cake in a 9 x 9 cake pan but you can double it if you want a bigger cake.  It keeps well in a cool spot.  I love that you don’t have to add eggs and it is so easy to make.  You might also like to check out our recipe for Old Fashioned Do Nothing Cake.

Wacky cake will quickly become a favorite cake!

Cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/4 cup 100% pure cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cold brewed coffee

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Add the coffee, water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and white vinegar and stir well with a spoon.  Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray and spread batter in dish.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes until the center tests done.  Let cool and add frosting below.  Makes about 9 large servings.

Frosting:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup 100% pure cocoa

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons water

Beat ingredients with a mixer until of spreading consistency.  Spread over cooled cake.

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

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Wacky Cake

This delicious chocolate cake is made without eggs, butter or milk.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Wacky Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

Instructions

Cake Instructions:

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the coffee, water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and white vinegar and stir well with a spoon.
  • Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray and spread batter in dish. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes until the center tests done. Let cool and add frosting below. Makes about 9 large servings.

Frosting Instructions:

  • Beat ingredients with a mixer until of spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cake.

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