Desserts

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake was popular during the Great Depression because of it’s unique combination of ingredients. It has NO eggs, milk or butter – items that were scarce during that era. Despite not having these key ingredients, it’s surprisingly good. It’s moist, chocolatey and easy to make!

Wacky Cake - Moist, chocolatey and easy to make! This vintage cake was popular in the Depression era and contains no butter, milk or eggs.

Wacky Cake

My Grandma June always used to say that she came with the Great Depression. She was born in 1929 and remembered food being scarce during her childhood. She always used to say that she will eat anything. I told her she’d be a good candidate for Fear Factor! When you were eating at Grandma’s house, you were expected to eat everything. She’d remind us how food wasn’t always plentiful.

If Grandma were still alive, I know she’d appreciate this recipe. I miss her every single day.

I didn’t use any frosting on the cake because I didn’t want to use butter or milk to make it. Instead, I dusted with some icing sugar (aka powdered sugar).

Wacky Cake - Moist, chocolatey and easy to make! This vintage cake was popular in the Depression era and contains no butter, milk or eggs.

How to Make Wacky Cake

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Make three wells in the mixture.

Add vanilla to the first well, add oil to the second well and vinegar to the third well. Pour cold water in the bowl and beat until no lumps remain.

Pour mixture into an ungreased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Wacky Cake - Moist, chocolatey and easy to make! This vintage cake was popular in the Depression era and contains no butter, milk or eggs.

Vintage Recipes

Love vintage recipes? Try this Cracker Pudding, Shoofly PieRadio Pudding, Coconut Pie and Impossible Pie. You might also like this Earthquake Cake or Mocha Cake. Check out these depression era recipes.

Wacky Cake is a unique vintage recipe you need to try and see for yourself how good it is! Have you made Wacky Cake before?

Wacky Cake

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Moist, chocolatey and easy to make! This vintage cake was popular in the Depression era and contains no butter, milk or eggs.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt to a large bowl. Stir to combine. Make 3 wells in mixture.
  3. Add vanilla, oil and vinegar to each of the wells. Pour in cold water and beat until no lumps are left.
  4. Pour into an ungreased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2.4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 5.6mg Sodium: 548.4mg Carbohydrates: 68.5g Fiber: 5.4g Sugar: 40.3g Protein: 5.6g

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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