Chocolate Cake Day

Mmm, my favorite – chocolate cake! What better way to celebrate Chocolate Cake Day than to bake one today! Here’s a quick and easy recipe that kids will love to make! The end result is an extremely moist and dense chocolate cake that will rival any other. It’s also a great cake for vegans, or anyone who’s allergic to dairy products.

Wacky Cake (a.k.a. Crazy Cake)

It is not known for a fact where Wacky Cake first originated. It is commonly believed that Wacky Cake may have been created as the result of rationing during World War II, when milk and eggs were scarce. Or perhaps during the Great Depression, some ingenious cook figured out how to make a moist, delicious chocolate cake without eggs, milk, or butter because those ingredients were expensive and hard to find.

Wacky Cake – “Single Serving” Size

Are you home alone and feeling a little sad or depressed? Indulge yourself and eat this fun-to-make cake right out of the pan!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup cold water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into an 8×8 inch ungreased cake pan.
  3. Make three small “wells” in the mixture. Pour oil into one well, vanilla into second, and vinegar into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well but don’t overmix.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean with a few moist crumbs attached, or until it springs back when touched lightly.
  5. The cake can be served plain while still warm. Or let cool on rack and dust with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite chocolate icing. This cake is even better when served with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Wacky Cake – Family Size

My boys love to make this cake. They like to play with the mixture, shape the “landscape,” dig the holes, and then flood their creation with water. The reaction between the vinegar and baking soda causes the batter to bubble like a science experiment. They sometimes mold one of the holes up into a volcano shape and put the baking soda into the hole with the vinegar. They don’t have to grease the pan, and since it doesn’t use eggs, they can lick their fingers and the spoon!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups cold water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into an 9×13 inch ungreased cake pan.
  3. Make three small “wells” in the mixture. Pour oil into one well, vanilla into second, and vinegar into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well but don’t overmix.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean with a few moist crumbs attached, or until it springs back when touched lightly.
  5. The cake can be served plain while still warm. Or let cool on rack and dust with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite chocolate icing. This cake is even better when served with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Dry Ingredients

"Holes"

Done!

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