Wacky Cake

March 20, 2018

This easy cake recipe popularized in the 1930s is a great way to add a sweet ending to any meal whether you’re on the campground or at home.

Made without eggs and dairy, wacky cake first became popular during the Depression as it yielded a deliciously moist and flavorful cake using just a few basic ingredients. We love this with just a dusting of powdered sugar, but you can add frosting and sprinkles as well!


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar (white or cider)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp. vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 cup water or cold coffee
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • ½ cup butter or non-dairy margarine
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • sprinkles, for serving



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8-inch pan. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt into the pan.
  2. Make three wells in the dry ingredients. Pour vinegar into one well. Vanilla into the second well and vegetable oil into the third well. Pour 1 cup water or cold coffee over entire batter and mix until dry ingredients are evenly incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top springs back. Cool completely and frost, if desired. To frost, beat together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Learn to make wacky cake!

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