Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

Chocolate Wacky Cake, also called Crazy Cake or Depression Cake, contains no eggs, butter, or milk and you don’t even need a mixing bowl to make it. Totally wacky huh?

Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

I like to add a rich chocolate icing and a few sprinkles. The icing does contain butter and milk, but you can just leave the icing off if you need a vegan dessert. The cake by itself is delicious. I’m just of the opinion that everything is better with icing.  🙂

Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

 

Wacky Cake apparently dates back to the Great Depression when food needed to be super economical and was really popular during World War II when their were rations on things like butter, eggs, and milk. But becasue it is such a delicious cake, it has stood the test of time and people still enjoy baking it.

Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

 

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder gives Chocolate Wacky Cake its chocolate flavor, making this a super inexpensive cake to make.

Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

 

Chocolate Wacky Cake is so easy to make without any mess or clean-up, plus it is a really moist and exceptionally delicious cake that is perfect for snacking on. Everything is mixed together right in an 8×8-inch pan using only a fork.

First you combine all the dry ingredients in the pan and then you form 3 wells: one for the vinegar, one for vanilla extract and one for the oil. Pour 1 cup of water over it all and mix everything together with a fork.

Thirty minutes in the oven and you have a delicious and inexpensive dessert to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

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Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)
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Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
Chocolate Icing (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Into an ungreased 8x8-inch baking pan, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar. Spread mixture evenly in pan and make 2 small holes and 1 large hole in the mixture.
  3. Pour the apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract into small holes and vegetable oil into large hole.
  4. Pour the 1 cup of water over everything. Using a fork, mix everything together until blended.
  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. To make icing, heat milk, butter, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan until it comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Stir powdered sugar in 1 cup at a time until smooth. Pour over cake.

For Chocolate Cake Lovers, This Samoa Bundt Cake is also a must try.

16 thoughts on “Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

  1. My mother used to make this cake, but instead of water she used cold coffee. The result was, it tasted more like devils food cake than just chocolate. It was and still is delicious!

  2. Ok I consider myself an experienced baker, I followed the directions to mix it in the pan. It was terrible, I could taste the vinegar and the cake was rubbery. No sure I’ll try to figure out what went wrong. However the frosting is great!!

  3. I made the cake and it was fluffy and tasted pretty good but was bitter due to the cocoa powder. How do I hide this bitter taste? I didn’t use the Dutch processed cocoa because of the added alkali.
    I did use buckwheat flour with good results (toddler is allergic to AP flour.

  4. For those of you wondering how much oil, it’s typically about 5 Tbsp. I’ve been making this cake for over a decade now and that’s what I’ve always used. Author can correct me if necessary :).

  5. This is so totally wacky indeed! My daughter has been asking me to make her a cake without any eggs, butter, or milk and I see THIS! Thanks so much for sharing this perfectly timed cake, Christin! I’ve so gotta give this a go! And, even though I too believe that everything is better with icing – I’m thinking this is delicious even with a dusting of powdered sugar! Hoping alls well with you.

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