Wacky Cake Recipe

My husband and I are pretty competitive, even if I don’t often admit it.  This weekend we decided to have a bake-off and let the members of our small group decide the winner.  My husband made a yummy fruit pizza with an array of fresh fruit toppings, and I went with my grandma’s simply delicious Wacky Cake.

My grandma states in her cookbook (how awesome is it that she complied our favorite recipes into a cookbook?) that she received this recipe from a recipe club she was a part of when her kids were little, and made it often.  I remember making this cake with her so many times when I was young, and in fact, this was one of the first recipes I made by myself.  It’s that simple!

Wacky Cake recipe from my grandma’s cookbook.
This cake is a depression-era cake meaning no eggs or milk.  I love that!  You also make it in the baking pan–win for no bowl cleanup. My grandma added a powdered sugar icing on top when it was warm.  Although you don’t have to ice this cake, please do.  I gave the recipe to a friend for her bridal shower and she didn’t follow the icing instructions and iced it with a canned chocolate frosting.  For the love of everything, do NOT ice with a canned frosting.  Ick.

Here’s how it starts (don’t mind my fantastic photography skills):

You mix all of the dry ingredients together in an 8×8 baking pan.
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Dig out three wells, one large, one medium and one small.
Add the wet ingredients into the different sized wells and pour on the cup of water and mix all together.Cake1Please note the flour mess.  This is essential in baking.  Who keeps a clean kitchen when baking, anyways?


Bake for the appropriate amount of time and it is finished!

BUT, my grandma always poured over the top a simple powdered sugar icing while it was hot and let it soak into the cake.  DELICIOUS!  I love the fact that you serve this cake warm and don’t have to wait for it to cool to ice.
Do me a favor and make this cake tonight!  You definitely won’t regret your decision.

Oh, and I won the bake-off!  It was a major hit. Me 1,584 1, Husband 1,584.
Wacky Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3T. cocoa powder
1T. white vinegar
1 cup cold water
1t. baking soda
1/2t. salt
6T. vegetable oil
1t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°.
Into an un-greased 8×8 baking dish, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, soda and salt.
Carve out three wells into the mixture.  In the largest well pour the oil; medium well pour the vinegar; smallest well pour the vanilla.
Pour the cup of cold water over the top and stir until combined.
Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
Quick Powdered Sugar Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. melted butter
1t. vanilla
milk–to make spreading consistency
Mix together the sugar, butter, vanilla and milk until well combined and smooth.
Pour over the hot cake and serve while warm!