Tuesday, November 16, 2010

VeganMoFo: Grandma's Wacky Cake

(Sorry for the icky nighttime photo!)
Recipe: Wacky Cake
Family Member: Grandma Jane

Brief Description: An already-vegan recipe, developed as a result of rationing during WWII, Wacky Cake is a chocolate cake made with vinegar (wacky!) and no eggs or milk. The recipe that my Grandma and mom use is a great one for kids to help with. If making this cake with kids, be sure not to skip the “wells” step! I don't have a rectangular pan, so I used two round pans. I also made a chocolate ganache-like icing for the top. So so good! My go-to chocolate cake recipe.

Original Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups cold water
2 tsp vanilla extract

Original Directions: Mix dry ingredients directly in rectangular cake pan. Create six wells in the dry mixture. Add different wet ingredients to each well before mixing. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Vegan Notes: None!

For the ganache icing I just mixed the following ingredients until I had the consistency I wanted:

melted Earth Balance
Powdered sugar
vanilla extract
soy milk


  1. I am tearing up a little when I saw this. One of the first recipes I made with my godmother was a wacky cake. I hadn't even realized they were vegan. I am looking forward to making a GF version of this in the near future.

  2. Aw, bitt! It is a good one. I could totally see it being equally delicious with an oat flour blend!

  3. i've heard of wacky cake for a good bit now, but i've never thought to make it. yours looks sooooooo delicious and i love that there aren't any vegan notes to be made. that's the best! i'm totally going to have to attempt a gluten-free version so i can enjoy it as well - i'm thinking your suggestion on the oat flour blend will work wonderfully. thanks!

  4. Looks sooo good! And I love the story of its WWII origins.

  5. sooOOOooo wacky!!! the best cake, no?


  6. Yes! So moist and yummy. I wish I had some right now!

  7. wacky cake is my go-to as well. so easy, so quick, and so yummy!! I use a wacky cake recipe from the Joy of Cooking, of all things.

  8. we have this recipe in our family as well! my grandma gave it to us. :) :) how wonderful. the cake is so moist && delicious!