This cake is great for potlucks. It is easy to make, and is mixed and baked in the same pan. We got this recipe back in the Girl Scout days, and it has always been a hit!

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In 9 x 13 inch pan, mix together flour, 2 cups white sugar, baking soda, 1/3 cup cocoa, and salt.

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  • Add vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

  • Pour water over all. Stir and mix the batter.

  • Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 30-35 minutes.

  • To Make Frosting: Mix together 2 cups sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa,1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup butter. Boil in saucepan for 2 or 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Ice cake...be sure icing is quite cool before pouring onto cake.

Nutrition Facts

386.2 calories; 3.1 g protein; 62.4 g carbohydrates; 14.1 mg cholesterol; 309.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2006
My mom handed down a very similar recipe to me. Some variations: instead of water you can use cold coffee. Also we make a cinnamon and sugar mixture and generously sprinkle it all over the top of the cake before baking. I usually sprinkle a little more immediately after I take the cake out of the oven. This topping will form a sweet crunchy crusty layer on top. I have also found that the cake tastes better the second day when the topping has a chance to set. I make this for all potlucks and parties that I go to. It doesn't have the greatest presentation but it is delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2004
This cake has no flavor. I just made it and the only good thing about it is the frosting. Perhaps I made it the wrong way but it is very bland. Maybe use milk or cream instead of water? Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2006
My mom handed down a very similar recipe to me. Some variations: instead of water you can use cold coffee. Also we make a cinnamon and sugar mixture and generously sprinkle it all over the top of the cake before baking. I usually sprinkle a little more immediately after I take the cake out of the oven. This topping will form a sweet crunchy crusty layer on top. I have also found that the cake tastes better the second day when the topping has a chance to set. I make this for all potlucks and parties that I go to. It doesn't have the greatest presentation but it is delicious. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2004
This cake has no flavor. I just made it and the only good thing about it is the frosting. Perhaps I made it the wrong way but it is very bland. Maybe use milk or cream instead of water? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
This recipe is fantastic. My whole family loved it. It was rich moist and so easy to make. It has become a new family favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2006
Really excellent. Moist and flavorful. Because others said it was bland I added an extra 1/3 c. white sugar. The icing was not grainy at all. I suspect the reviewer that said so did not boil the icing long enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2015
I had a cookbook I purchased for a church fundraiser that had a krazy cake recipe in it but I lost it when we moved. I checked on the net and found this. I've made it with regular and dark (special) Hershey's cocoa. The dark chocolate makes this recipe POP!!!! Now that I found the recipe again I won't buy cake mixes anymore The finished product is so moist it reminds me of the old Hostess cupcakes when I was a kid back in the 60s. My daughter must eat gluten free products so I used the gluten free flour I found at the farmer's market near my home and it was a total hit with her entire family. LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2012
This is pretty good (if a little on the sweet side) though I made some moderate changes by replacing the cocoa powder with instant hot chocolate mix and instant cappuccino mix. Make sure you mix it well or else it will have floury bits in it. You might want to boil the glaze for a minute or two longer than stated to guarantee it isn't grainy. I needed to bake it for closer to 50 minutes to fully cook it as well. It really needs something like raisins inside or chopped nuts on top though for a little more texture. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2007
made this tonite. i like it as a very subtle base with the french buttercream frosting recipe on this site. i didn't have white vinegar i used apple cider vinegar instead. i also made cupcakes with it and had enough to make about 2 1/2 dozen. its a keeper. thanks Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/04/2005
I was out of eggs so I gave this cake a shot and was really disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly and the frosting was grainy the cake sticky and bland. I gave it two stars because with a creamy frosting and some milk I think it would be a decent quick-and-easy dessert. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This cake is so easy and really moist. If you didn't use the frosting it would also be low in fat. The frosting is also really good and smooth. Read More