Wacky Cake

I took dinner to a friend whose husband could not have dairy or eggs, so I was trying to find a treat we could send. I remember mom had a recipe for Wacky Cake in her recipes that we used to make. Apparently it is a depression era recipe that came about when people did not have access to milk or eggs. It makes a pretty tasty cake. I think I liked it most as cupcakes dusted with powdered sugar.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cider vinegar (I just used white vinegar)
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Mix dry ingredients together: flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa. Make three depressions. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well. (I didn't actually do this.. I just mixed the dry ingredients together in my mixer bowl and then mixed all the wet ingredients together and combined the two in my mixer)
3. Pour cake batter into an 8x8 pan sprayed with pam. (I have done cupcakes in cupcake liners.. filled to about 2/3-3/4 full)
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost or dust with powdered sugar. (Cupcakes don't cook as long-- I cooked mine for about 18 minutes-- it made about 12 cupcakes)

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