Chocolate Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)
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Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

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

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Pour the apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract into small holes and vegetable oil into large hole.
  • Pour the 1 cup of water over everything. Using a fork, mix everything together until blended.
  • Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • 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.
  • Stir powdered sugar in 1 cup at a time until smooth. Pour over cake.