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Recipe: No eggs? Make this chocolate wacky cake

Posted April 9, 2020 9:00 p.m. EDT

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I shared a recipe for vanilla crazy cake last week and mentioned that I grew up making a chocolate wacky cake that was very similar. Readers asked me for the recipe, so here it is.

You can find this recipe online all over the place, but the version I use comes from my own mother, whose own mother used to make this cake all the time. It's a Depression-era recipe, created when people were short on supplies. But my mom grew up on a farm — with chickens. So I suspect her mom made it because it's super easy and delicious.

Wacky Cake

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cold water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get out an 8x8 pan. In the pan, measure the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and soda. Mix well. Then make three holes in the dry cake mix. Measure the oil into one hole, vinegar into the other and vanilla into the third. Pour the water over the mixture and stir until the lumps are gone. Make sure to really get into the corners of the pan to get everything combined.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for another 10. Sometimes we'll frost it. Other times we'll put a little powdered sugar on top. Usually we'll just eat it as is.

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