Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake from Kaye's Cupboard (4)aSo why is this cake “wacky?” It is deliciously moist and chocolatey, but doesn’t have any milk, eggs, or butter! I was very interested in trying this recipe, because my daughter has allergies to eggs and dairy. I wasn’t the only one celebrating; my daughter and husband were, too! Apparently the tradition for this recipe is to mix the entire thing in the pan, but I wanted to make sure it was mixed properly, so I did it the normal way.

Wacky Cake from Kaye's Cupboard (3)So what’s the secret ingredient if it’s missing all of those common ones? Believe it or not, it’s vinegar! I was definitely skeptical that the strong vinegar flavor would disappear into the cake, but I was also very pleased when there wasn’t the slightest hint! (So don’t even worry about it!) We topped this fantastic cake off with a delicious fudgey frosting. “Best” all depends on your own preference, but my husband said this might the best chocolate frosting he’s had. The whole recipe is a keeper!!

  • 1  1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add Water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla; mix.

2. Grease a 8 x 8 baking pan. Pour mix into pan, and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Frosting: I ran out of powdered sugar about 3  1/2 cups in, so I used a bit of corn syrup to sweeten it the rest of the way, and that worked great!

  • 12 oz package of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 8 oz of sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Up to 4  1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Microwave butter for 60 seconds, or until melted. Stir in chocolate chips, then microwave both for 30 seconds. Stir butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 second intervals until chocolate is completely melted, stirring in between.

2. In a large bowl, combine sour cream and vanilla with butter and chocolate chips. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Frosting should be stored in the fridge. You will need to heat it up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before trying to spread it.

{Kudos to cakewhiz.com and somethingswanky.com!}

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