Wacky Cake


This wacky cake is made without milk or eggs and is moist, dark, and delicious. A brainchild of the Depression era when ingenious cooks developed a cake that could be made without expensive and scarce ingredients. Frost with your favorite icing.

close up view of a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate icing on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 8x8-inch pan


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup water


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

  2. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into an 8x8-inch ungreased cake pan. Make 3 depressions in the flour mixture. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour water over all, then stir with a fork until well blended.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
9g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 55mg 1%

* 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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