Children will love the cake you make from this recipe for a simple chocolate cake with a simple chocolate frosting.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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). Grease one 9 inch square pan.

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  • Sift together the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the cocoa, the soda, and the salt. Stir in the vinegar, oil, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cake cool. Then spread chocolate icing over top.

  • To Make Chocolate Icing: Combine 1 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the cocoa, the milk, and the butter or margarine. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and continue stirring until partially cool. Spread over cake.

Nutrition Facts

286.7 calories; 2.5 g protein; 47.5 g carbohydrates; 10.6 mg cholesterol; 329.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2011
Great cake! Easy to make and all ingredients are common so always on hand. I thought the salt was just a wee too much so I reduced it to 1/2 teaspoon. Watch the cooking time as mine was done a little sooner than called for. I also used leftover coffee from the morning in place of the water for a deeper flavor and used chocolate extract in place of vanilla. This cake is even better the next day. Update made this again with the icing which reminds me of a texas sheet cake icing. Most of them are made with powder sugar for a smoother frosting but made with regular sugar wasn't bad. The sugar did melt but becomes ever so slightly crystalized (hardly notice) in spots when cooled. Halfed the icing and spread out thin over top of cake in pan and it was just enough to add a sweet chocolate layer which was enjoyable. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
This is the first time I've made and tasted a Wacky Cake. Someone recommended it to me and this was the recipe she sent. This is an easy cake to make and it fills the kitchen with a dreamy chocolate cake smell. It's good and moist and will fulfill any sudden chocolate cravings you may have. My only problem was with the icing. I followed the recipe to a T but my icing came out gritty like sand. But don't let this deter you. The cake is good without the icing. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2011
Great cake! Easy to make and all ingredients are common so always on hand. I thought the salt was just a wee too much so I reduced it to 1/2 teaspoon. Watch the cooking time as mine was done a little sooner than called for. I also used leftover coffee from the morning in place of the water for a deeper flavor and used chocolate extract in place of vanilla. This cake is even better the next day. Update made this again with the icing which reminds me of a texas sheet cake icing. Most of them are made with powder sugar for a smoother frosting but made with regular sugar wasn't bad. The sugar did melt but becomes ever so slightly crystalized (hardly notice) in spots when cooled. Halfed the icing and spread out thin over top of cake in pan and it was just enough to add a sweet chocolate layer which was enjoyable. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
This is the first time I've made and tasted a Wacky Cake. Someone recommended it to me and this was the recipe she sent. This is an easy cake to make and it fills the kitchen with a dreamy chocolate cake smell. It's good and moist and will fulfill any sudden chocolate cravings you may have. My only problem was with the icing. I followed the recipe to a T but my icing came out gritty like sand. But don't let this deter you. The cake is good without the icing. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2007
This is so easy and turns out moist but not too heavy. Ingredients are on hand and so I make this at the last minute when we have an urge for something chocolate. It is small so it does not last long. (I do not ice this cake so I cannot rate the icing) Stands on its own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
Absolutely loved it!! Great chocolate fix cake. Only thing i'll do different next time is add a little less sugar (husband thought it was too sweet) other than that its awesome. If you want a moist cake.. this is it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2011
This cake was only so-so. It had great texture- moist fluffy but it wasn't really chocolatey enough for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2010
great cake I made this for a family dinner with some friends that have a ason with egg allergies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
I used icing sugar in the icing instead of granulated. It was smooth and lovely. Margarine and goat s milk made it easier on the tummy as well! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2016
I've made this recipe for years.Lost the recipe and found this one. I love it! I needed to make some cupcakes and only needed a dozen and this was perfect. Made 12 cupcakes with no leftover batter and they were so moist and perfect flavor. I will be making them again for our Halloween party this weekend. Thanks for posting; I'm glad to have the recipe again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2014
This cake is as good as any other chocolate cake. I used a Paleo icing and not the one with this recipe because I wanted to try a Paleo icing. The two went well together and we enjoyed a healthier chocolate cake. Read More