Oct 04

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Frosted Chocolate Wacky Cake


You have probably heard of this cake before. It has a few names like, wacky, crazy or depression cake. From what I heard, it originated around the depression when eggs, milk and other dairy products were hard to come by.  It’s one of the easiest recipes around. Can be made right in the baking pan or like I do in a mixing bowl. I added a fudgy and simple frosting to my recipe, but, this is so rich and dark with chocolate goodness, you may want to keep it plain. Also, check out our “Wacky Chocolate Donuts”  They are really yummy and easy to make as well as this fabulous cake. Great for vegans and vegetarians. Bake one up today!


Frosted Chocolate Wacky Cake


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch processed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar or, if not making frosting, use 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, I used avocado oil, canola works well too
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

Frosting: Two options for this frosting, a vegan and with dairy.

  • 3 tbsp butter or vegan margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch processed
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream of choice, for vegan, use coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea or kosher salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray an 8 X 8 inch square pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients with a whisk.
  3. In a measuring cup, add all liquid and pour into dry. Start our by mixing with a whisk. Then, use a rubber spatula to scrape sides and dig deep to incorporated all dry into wet until well combined. Let batter sit for just 5 minutes on the counter.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Smooth out with spatula.
  5. Bake from 28 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched on top and a toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs. Try not to over bake.
  6. Let cool completely. In that time make your frosting.
  7. In a medium to large mixing bowl, add melted butter, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Mix with spatula then switch over to a hand held mixer. Add one tablespoon of milk along with the sugar. Mix on low until all is combined. If needed add more milk. Mix until nice and creamy. Spread on cooled cake. Cut into nice squares and ENJOY!


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