Wacky Cake

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wacky cake

I grew up with this recipe. When the chickens were not producing eggs, this is the cake my mom baked. It has no eggs and no butter and no milk and that is why it’s called Wacky, but it is oh so yummy.

You won’t be messing up a bowl or your mixer for this one. All you need is a 9 by 12 pan, a spatula and your measuring cups and spoons.

Mix up all the dry ingredients in your 9 by 12 pan. While you are mixing them go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

wacky cake mixing

Now make 3 holes in your dry ingredients 2 small and one large. Pour in the vinegar in one, the vanilla in another, and in the large one the oil.

wacky cake after you pour on water

Then pour 2 cups of warm water over it all, and stir it all up until it is well mixed. Make sure to really get into the corners of the pan. Then place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

baked wacky cake

This will be the end result. Which is yummy by itself BUT……

iced wacky cake

It is even better with my chocolate truffle icing or for a vegan friendly icing you could try this recipe that uses coconut milk.

easter cupcakesThis recipe also makes 12 delicious giant cupcakes!

Wacky Cake (Vegan Friendly)
  • 3 cups unbleached flour (white wheat would work too)
  • 1tsp soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 10 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups warm water
  1. mix all the dry ingredients into your 9 x13 pan
  2. make 3 holes in the dry ingredients
  3. add vinegar to one hole
  4. add oil to the second hole
  5. add vanilla to the third hole
  6. Pour 2 cups warm water over the entire pan.
  7. mix ingredients well.
  8. Place in preheated oven of 350 degrees for 30 minutes

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  1. Neat recipe! I have to agree about the icing making a good cake taste even better. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m visiting from Tasty Tuesday…hope you’ll stop by my blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This sounds delicious! And so very good to be vegan friendly! I saw this link in your post for today, and I know it is old, but would love for you to share it at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/03/what-i-am-eating-guest-post-crazy.html

  3. This looks like a great recipe to use with the kids!!

  4. I grew up with this recipe! It is the only chocolate cake my mother ever made. ๐Ÿ™‚ And it’s a gently sweet cake – not like the overpowering sweetness in many cakes.

  5. This looks great! My 5 month old has a milk allergy so I can not have dairy until I stop nursing! So excited to try this. Thank you!! Stopping by from Titus 2sday Link Up.

  6. Can you use all purpose flour or cake flour?

  7. Hi, would almond flour work as well? We just learned my son is allergic to dairy, gluten and wheat!

    • I really don’t know. I would say try making 1/2 a recipes in a 8 by 8 pan to test it first. That way if it doesn’t work at least you only wasted 1/2 a recipe and not a whole. I know you can 1/2 this recipe as I have done it before with great success.

  8. Yashka Garde says:

    Recipe said soda…..but talks about 3 holes for the three liquids. So it the soda like the drink soda or baking soda? Thanks


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