Crazy Cake


Crazy cake made with cocoa, vinegar, and no eggs was popular during the Depression.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups cold water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a 9x13-inch ungreased baking dish; form 3 wells in flour mixture. Pour oil into the first well, vinegar into the second, and vanilla into the third. Pour cold water over all and stir well with a fork.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Frost with your favorite icing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
10g Fat
40g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 271mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 3g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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