A chocolate cake made by putting dry ingredients into pan first, then placing various ingredients into three scooped out hollows, and pouring cold water over all.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Spray one 13x9 inch cake pan with cooking oil spray.

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  • Mix the flour, white sugar, 4 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Pour dry ingredients into the prepared pan. Scoop out 3 holes in the dry mixture. Put the vegetable oil in one hole, vinegar in the second hole, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vanilla in the third hole. Pour the cold water over the top and stir until smooth.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 20 minutes. Ice cake while it is still hot.

  • To Make Icing: In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter or margarine. Add the cocoa and remove pan from the heat. Stir in the salt, milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until desired consistency is attained. Spread icing over a still hot cake.

Nutrition Facts

412 calories; 12.1 g total fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 286 mg sodium. 75.9 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2005
I would just like to add to anyone making this cake that simply spreading margarine over the top when it first comes out of the oven is delicious and you don't have to make icing. I've added this because that has how I've been eating it my entire life. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2014
Confusing recipe. Not sure how much cocoa powder goes in cake or frosting? Don't think ingredients are listed in proper order? Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2005
I would just like to add to anyone making this cake that simply spreading margarine over the top when it first comes out of the oven is delicious and you don't have to make icing. I've added this because that has how I've been eating it my entire life. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2005
I would just like to add to anyone making this cake that simply spreading margarine over the top when it first comes out of the oven is delicious and you don't have to make icing. I've added this because that has how I've been eating it my entire life. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2008
I must admit I was a bit skeptical... but a great cake it truly is easy quick cheap and unbelievable! my husband could't believe it had no butter and no eggs. I added candied cherries just to please my little girl but I'm longing to add nuts or a cup of coffee instead of water... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2008
This is the very best of the best chocolate cake recipes and extremely easy to make. No need to change anything because the cake comes out just perfect to go with delicious icing!! Add some decorative icing and use this as any holiday fun cake. It will be gone in no time! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2007
This is a wonderful cake and very delicious. I was looking for a cake with no eggs because I have two grandsons who are allergic and this is a real winner. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2012
this is awesome!My mom use to bake this when we were toddlers like over 50 yrs and we still love it..We sometimes sprinkler icing sugar instead of icing.Or we use a stencil with icing sugar for themes..One of the best cakes around and so simple...even my kids and granddaughter loves this cake when I bake it.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2011
For having no eggs and butter this cake is really quite good. I made cupcakes out of it and they turned out nicely. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2008
My god!! This was the most awesome eggless chocolate cake I've ever tasted!! Everyone ate it right up there wasn't even a crumb left! And the icing complements the cake perfectly too... Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2014
I used to bake this cake 50 years ago when I was in high school. I think my grandma showed me how. It's very good. I baked it in a loaf pan this time so I could do an Ina Garten dessert that uses melted vanilla ice cream on the bottom of a shallow dessert bowl. Add about a 1" slice of cake on top of the ice cream and sprinkle with fresh raspberries. Stupendous! It comes off as a really fancy dessert and no one will know it's melted ice cream if you don't tell them. The ice cream tastes like as a fancy cream of some kind. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2006
was looking for a recipe just like my mom made when we were kids and this was just perfect Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2014
Confusing recipe. Not sure how much cocoa powder goes in cake or frosting? Don't think ingredients are listed in proper order? Read More