I don't remember when I got this recipe, but it has been a favorite for years. It's quick, easy and makes a moist cake that keeps well.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
1 -9x13 inch cake
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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).

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  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt--stir to mix well.

  • In a large bowl combine water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Dump the dry ingredients into the water mixture and stir with a fork until smooth. DO NOT BEAT. Pour batter into an UNGREASED 9x13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 29.3g; fat 6.4g; sodium 202.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (36)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2008
This is a great recipe for me, since it is vegan as well as soy-free (we know some highly allergic kids). I found it very moist and mild in flavour. I substituted a cup of white sugar with brown sugar(that's what I had) and to avoid cocoa, used zest and juice of half a lemon. Delicious! Read More
(25)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2009
The chocolate cake was fine but it was IMPOSSIBLE to remove from the ungreased pan. I made it into a trifle. Read More
(4)
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2008
This is a great recipe for me, since it is vegan as well as soy-free (we know some highly allergic kids). I found it very moist and mild in flavour. I substituted a cup of white sugar with brown sugar(that's what I had) and to avoid cocoa, used zest and juice of half a lemon. Delicious! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2006
this is a geat birthday cake I also vary it by substituting the cocoa with corn starch and adding a different flavouring like strawberry or orange yummy evry time:) Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2008
I made this cake following one reviewer's suggestion of omitting cocoa, using white and brown sugar and adding lemon. It was DELICIOUS! Here's a hint for feeding it to your family: don't tell them what's NOT in it! When mine heard 'no eggs, no butter, no milk' their faces looked like I had said it had liver in it. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Holy Smokes! I wanted to bake a simple, yet delicious cake and this is the recipe to do it with! Not only do you not need eggs or milk but it comes together nicely and it tastes good. I will add more cocoa to the recipe next time, however, because I like it to taste very chocolatey. I'm pleasantly surprised with this recipe and I'm definitely going to use it over and over again. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
thank you for a great recipe.i have kids with allergies to eggs and nuts and i finally found an egg-free recipe that works. i definitely will use this again. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
This was a great cake. I followed the recipe exactly. I'm really not a chocolate cake person but this was excellent! My husband loved it too! I made some frosting for it but it was so moist that I really didn't need it. I will definately make this again. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2003
I found this receipe when I started to learn how to bake. It is so easy you don't need butter you only need cooking oil. The cake is ready after you dump the dry ingredients to the wet one and mix them well. It is one of the best cake to make when you are in a hurry. I baked it so often especially when I want to bake something to kill time but don't want a complicated recipe. Try it it is really moist. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2012
This is probably the tastiest easiest egg free cake I've made. I used this recipe for cupcakes for my nephew's birthday party and they were a hit with all the kids. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
Five stars for a dairy free cake! My brother has a milk allergy, so I made this for him this weekend. I did substitute 1 c. dark brown sugar for a 1 c. of white. It turned out very moist and also had a nice texture. He wants the recipe so I think it was a hit for someone that usually misses out on chocolate cake! Thanks so much! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2009
The chocolate cake was fine but it was IMPOSSIBLE to remove from the ungreased pan. I made it into a trifle. Read More
(4)
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