Wacky Chocolate Cake Recipe

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Why is it called Wacky Cake?

Why is this chocolate cake called a "wacky cake"? Probably because of the ingredients. The batter doesn't have any eggs, butter, or milk, and some people probably thought that's wacky for a cake recipe.

Wacky cakes were initially made during the Great Depression since butter, milk, and eggs were scarce because they were either rationed or too expensive.

This is a great chocolate cake for convenience since the ingredients are usually pantry staples. It's also a good recipe for anyone that prefers dairy-free recipes or is on a vegan diet. It's also a good cake recipe for anyone who has an egg allergy.

Wacky Cake Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix well by hand with a spoon or whisk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl: vinegar, vanilla, oil, and water. Mix by hand or with mixer on low speed until everything is well combined, but don't over-mix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Try not to overbake; the lure of this cake is how moist it is!
  5. Let cake cool, sprinkle top with confectioner's sugar, serve, and enjoy!

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        MomsTreasureChest 

        7 months ago

        Thanks Audrey, they also called this depression cake a Crazy Cake. No matter what you call it, it's certainly an easy one bowl delicious chocolate cake from scratch!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        7 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I've never heard the term "wacky". I enjoy the history of making cake without eggs, butter and milk during the depression.

        Your photos are inviting and I intend to try my first Wacky Cake using your recipe. Thanks

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        emmyali 

        10 months ago

        Thanks, it is very good my children will love it.

      • MomsTreasureChest profile imageAUTHOR

        MomsTreasureChest 

        10 months ago

        Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by. It seems that the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar are what cause the cake to rise.

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        MomsTreasureChest 

        10 months ago

        Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you enjoy the Wacky Cake if you decide to try this recipe.

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        Nancy Owens 

        11 months ago from USA

        Okay. So. What makes it rise?

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        Rachel Alba 

        11 months ago

        Hi Mom's Treasure Chest, this recipe sounds so good. Most of my family loves chocolate cake. I pinned it and will try it for sure.

        Blessings to you.

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        Louise Powles 

        11 months ago from Norfolk, England

        I've never heard of Wacky Cake either, but this sounds delicious. One for me to try!

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        Linda Crampton 

        11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I've never heard of wacky cake before. I love the name. I also love the fact that your cake is a chocolate one and that it's so moist. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Looks delicious. I'll have to give your recipe a try.

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