Wacky Cake

Total Time:
50 min
15 min
35 min

16 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water

Preheat 350 degrees F.

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make 3 small holes in the mixture. Pour the vanilla in one hole, the vinegar in another and vegetable oil in another. Pour water over the top and mix. Pour into a lightly greased 8 by 8 inch pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

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    Here's another iteration of the recipe above.  
    Fat-Free Wacky Spice Cake (use applesauce instead of oil) 
    Depression Era Recipe  
    The substitution of applesauce for oil on a 1:1 ratio makes absolutely no difference 
    Reduce the baking temperature from the usual 350ºF to 325ºF and reduce the baking time as well since a lower fat content leaves the mix more prone to burning. Adding back 1 T of oil does help with texture - your call. 
    ? 1 1/2 c. flour ? ¾ c. sugar  
    ? 1/2 tsp. salt ? 1 tsp. baking soda 
    ? 1/2 tsp. cloves ? 1 tsp. cinnamon 
    ? 1 tsp. nutmeg  
    ? 1 tsp. vanilla ? 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce 
    ? 1 tbsp. vinegar ? 1 c. water 
    ? 1 T oil (opt.) 
    1. Sift dry ingredients into bowl and blend very well using a whisk.  
    2. Mix vanilla, applesauce, vinegar and water (and oil, if using) and pour over well-mixed dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour into sprayed 8" square pan. 
    3. Check after 30 minutes at 325º F. Bake until cake passes the toothpick test.
    So glad to find a cake mix with no dairy/eggs! Thank you to Trayburn 1 for the frosting recipe!
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