Wacky Cake

10
Candy Ayers

By
@CookingChic

This recipe is from Joanne Fluke's culinary mystery "Apple Turnover Murder." There are a number of variations of this recipe on JAP but this is the one I made. It is a very moist, not overly sweet cake. The instructions have been simplified from the steps in Fluke's book but the result was wonderful. Beginning bakers will love this recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Wacky cake is spongy and unlike most desserts, because no eggs or milk are used to make it (a great recipe if your family has food allergies). It's a wonderful old-fashioned cake make from pantry items. Light and fluffy, this cake is full of chocolate flavor. It is incredibly moist and melts in your mouth. One taste and you'll be hooked. Perfect dusted with powdered sugar but feel free to top it the way you like. We believe this type of cake was developed as a result of the rationing during World War II, and it surely has stood the test of time. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 17 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6 - 8
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    white (granulated) sugar
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp
    heaping cocoa powder (about a quarter cup)
  • 6 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    white vinegar (original author used raspberry vinegar and said it was good)
  • 1 c
    cold water

How to Make Wacky Cake

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour into an 8×8 pan which has been prepared with non-stick spray.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm or allow to cool and serve with a dusting of powdered sugar.
  7. Note: This would also be good served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. A light frosting might be good too but I wouldn't use anything heavy on this moist fluffy cake.

Printable Recipe Card

About Wacky Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #cocoa #Wacky #cake



Show 147 Comments & Reviews

8 Soup Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker

8 Soup Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker


When the weather is cooler, soup is a delicious addition to your weekly menu. Comforting and easy to make, on a cold night, these recipes will warm you up and are hearty. Serve with crusty bread and salad for dinner. Leftovers are an easy lunch. What’s the best part about these eight soup recipes? They […]

Pancakes Your Family Will Flip For

Pancakes Your Family Will Flip For


Simple to make, a batch of pancakes is an easy homemade breakfast. A tall stack of fluffy pancakes with butter and drizzled with maple syrup, we can’t think of a better way to start the weekend. It’s a meal everyone will wake up for. So, get out your skillet or heat up a pan. Whether […]

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk


Open the pantry and you’ll probably find a can of condensed milk on the shelf. It’s a baking staple, but what exactly is it? Sweetened condensed milk is made by heating milk and removing its water. Once reduced, it’s sweetened with sugar (lots of it). The final product is very thick, sweet, and fantastic in […]