A quick chocolate cake also known as Wacky Cake. It has no eggs or milk, and is mixed in the same pan it's baked in.

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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Have ready an un-greased 8 inch square pan.

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  • Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into an un-greased pan. Make a well in the center and pour in the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Mix until blended.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; 8.8 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 245 mg sodium. 39 g carbohydrates; 2.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (71)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
This cake worked out REALLY WELL. A nice and simple recipie although i think the "you can mix it in the pan" statement is debatable. I ended up transferring it to a mixing bowl half way through...not that that was a problem it really doesn't make it any harder. However i do have a few handy tips. Not to say that it needs improving - more about subsitution. First of all I used olive oil. I know! might seem a little icky...but it really works quite well. The nutty flavour suits the cake well and the more savoury flavours are easily covered by the sugar and cocoa. Also if you can't find 'pastry flour' or whatever mix a couple of tablespoons of cornflour (cornstartch) with 1.5 cups of plain (all-purpose) flour. I did this becuase i couldn't find 'pastry flour' (in Australia). GOOD RECIPIE Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2011
I didn't really like this cake. And neither did my husband. Guests seemed as though they enjoyed it but I could taste the acid far too much. Read More
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79 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
This cake worked out REALLY WELL. A nice and simple recipie although i think the "you can mix it in the pan" statement is debatable. I ended up transferring it to a mixing bowl half way through...not that that was a problem it really doesn't make it any harder. However i do have a few handy tips. Not to say that it needs improving - more about subsitution. First of all I used olive oil. I know! might seem a little icky...but it really works quite well. The nutty flavour suits the cake well and the more savoury flavours are easily covered by the sugar and cocoa. Also if you can't find 'pastry flour' or whatever mix a couple of tablespoons of cornflour (cornstartch) with 1.5 cups of plain (all-purpose) flour. I did this becuase i couldn't find 'pastry flour' (in Australia). GOOD RECIPIE Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
This cake worked out REALLY WELL. A nice and simple recipie although i think the "you can mix it in the pan" statement is debatable. I ended up transferring it to a mixing bowl half way through...not that that was a problem it really doesn't make it any harder. However i do have a few handy tips. Not to say that it needs improving - more about subsitution. First of all I used olive oil. I know! might seem a little icky...but it really works quite well. The nutty flavour suits the cake well and the more savoury flavours are easily covered by the sugar and cocoa. Also if you can't find 'pastry flour' or whatever mix a couple of tablespoons of cornflour (cornstartch) with 1.5 cups of plain (all-purpose) flour. I did this becuase i couldn't find 'pastry flour' (in Australia). GOOD RECIPIE Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2008
I just loved this cake! It is sooo easy quick to make sooo moist and fluffy and delicious! I was worried It might stick to the ungreased pan but it didn't! And I was also worried about the vinegar taste but there was none! The easiest cake I've ever made. Doesn't need any icing or glaze or anything. Delicious as is. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that my husband did not like it at all for some weird reason:(...Anyway I thought it was great! thanks so much for the recipe...update: I have made this cake many times now but substituting either lemon juice or sour cream for the vinegar(equal amount). It turned out even better than the first time and even my hubby had no more complaints about it! I don't ever use vinegar anymore. Perfect! love this recipe and kids love to make it with me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2003
This has got to be one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. Take it out of the oven and while it is still warm serve it with vanilla icecream wow. My whole family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2007
GREAT DAIRY FREE CAKE!! The best part is you can lick the bowl without having to worry about salmonella:) Very moist and yummy. Makes about 14 cupcakes. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes for cupcakes. Don't fill the cupcake to the top or they will fall in the middle. Leave a little more than 1/4 of an inch of space from the top. QUICK and EASY!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2005
How easy was that???? I did take advice from other feedback and substitue some wholemeal flour in the recipe. I also used part white and part brown sugar. My 18 month old LOVED it and my 30 something husband did as well. This one definitely goes in the recipe book!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2003
Fastest easiest cake that I have ever made and least messiest for clean up!!!! I used whole wheat flour and it tasted just great. However I would probably use less sugar as it was a little bit too (not too much) sweet for my taste. This could be due to the fact that I used Hot Chocolate powder instead of cocoa powder. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2008
Easy cake to make even after dinner for a late dessert....and yes wonderful when it's warm with ice cream. Actually I think this is the only way to eat this cake. Great for people watching their cholesterol levels (no eggs/milk) I also used Splenda instead of sugar and low fat ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2005
this is the easiest recipe I've used for a cake used it a lot when I was working Tanzania (Africa) and was great because of my lack of a fridge to store milk eggs etc! The recipe I use is slightly different as there is no baking powder used. I always make a chocolate sauce to go on top and almost always end up serving the cake warm from the oven with the sauce spooned over top. Yummm!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2003
i made this cke when i was in highschool.we called it a bachelor cake. i keep on losing my recipe until now.thanks for having it in here. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2011
I didn't really like this cake. And neither did my husband. Guests seemed as though they enjoyed it but I could taste the acid far too much. Read More
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