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Wacky Cake


An easy, non-dairy, no-egg cake that is surprisingly moist. A vintage recipe from WWII days, when milk and eggs were rationed.

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted shortening
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cold water

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift all dry
ingredients into an ungreased 9x9-inch cake pan. Make a well in the center and pour the oil, vinegar, vanilla and cold water into it. The
combination will start to bubble. Mix with a fork until well combined. Don't worry if there are a few lumps, avoid overmixing. Bake for 25 to 30
minutes. Let cake cool completely in the pan.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Cut into squares to serve. Or, bake in an 8x8-inch pan for 35-40 minutes. For a 9x13-inch pan, double the ingredient amounts and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour.

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Reviews of Wacky Cake:

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   Dec 11, 2010
Would make this again.
best cake EVER!!!!!!!!! 5 stars

  Audra in Colorado  May 26, 2009
Would make this again.
We have been making this cake since I was a small child. I started making by myself when I was 5, but I want to know the conversion to make just vanilla. One post says that you can, and I don't know the recipe, nor can I find it. Thank you so much if someone could help me. Audra 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Goldendale, WA  Dec 10, 2008
Would make this again.
I've made this with Splenda, make with half whole wheat flour and half white flour, half of oil substituted with applesauce and couldn't tell the difference. 5 stars

  Jeannie Priest in Lafe, Arkansas  Jun 26, 2008
Would make this again.
My Mom made this when I was a kid but as soon as it was baked she'd poke holes in it with a fork & pour hot chocolate syrup into the cake. It was really good! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in New York  Dec 1, 2007
Would make this again.
This was a childhood favorite that was lost for many years...so happy i found it again. If you think there isn't enough chocolate use heaping not level tsps. Also great with a creamcheese frosting. 5 stars

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