Wacky Cake

No eggs in the house? No milk or butter? Got an intense cake jones that must be satisfied? Then you might have the staples in your pantry to make a wacky cake.

The wacky cake was invented during the Great Depression, when supplies and money were tight. It’s been my favorite cake since childhood.

My Mom still makes it every 4th of July. Why do I like it so much? No idea. There’s ‘Just Something About It”. Even if you have a fridge full of eggs, give it a try, and see what you think!


• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup white sugar
• 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
• 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350.

Mix up all the dry ingredients into an 8×8 inch un-greased cake pan. Yeah, un-greased!

Make three depressions. Pour oil into one of them, vinegar into second, and vanilla into the last one. Pour water over all, and stir it up with a fork.

Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 40 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Cool and frost it up to your liking or eat it plain!

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