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Wacky Cake

Blossom Lady
Feb 09, 2021 12:42 AM
Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake is an easy cake recipe made without any eggs or dairy – making it “wacky”! This cake has been around since the Depression Era when ingredients were scarce. And there’s a reason that it has stood the test of time – it’s a tasty, moist cake that is super simple to make!

What makes Wacky Cake unique? It uses no eggs or dairy. You don’t need a mixer – and you actually mix it right in the pan it’s baked it. No need to grease the cake pan. It seems wacky, but it totally works! And it actually makes a great cake. You’d never know that it’s missing several of the traditional cake ingredients. The cake was created during a time when ingredients were scarce during the Great Depression, but it’s also a great cake if you have an egg or diary allergy.

To make a Wacky Cake, you’ll combine your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a 9×13 baking pan. And there’s no need to grease it. Make three little wells in the dry ingredients – one larger and 2 smaller. You’ll add the oil to the large well and the vanilla extract and vinegar to the smaller wells. Then pour the cup of water evenly over the entire pan and use a fork or whisk to mix it all together. Now, it’s time to bake it! Super simple!


  • 3 cups (390g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (57g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (480ml) water


  • 11 tbsp (154g) unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) milk
  • 5 tbsp (35g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Prep Time:
45 minutes
Cook Time:
25 minutes
Total Time:
70 minutes
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