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.

Yield: 8

Wacky Cake

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

Directions:

  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.

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

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).

Love vintage recipes? Try this Radio Pudding, Coconut Pie and Impossible Pie.

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?


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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