Monday, September 20, 2010

Wacky Cake

Posted by Lori:
A friend took this cake to the high school teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences last week.  They were all excited that she did because it's a favorite of many of them. 

I've never made Wacky Cake myself, but my mother-in-law and this friend both do quite often.  This is my mother-in-law's recipe.

"Wacky Cake" got its name because it contains no eggs or dairy products, which is very unusual for cakes.  It's origin is dated to the Depression when cooks came up with many recipes that were cheaper to make. But don't worry,  even without eggs or dairy products, this cake tastes terrific!


2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Pour into greased and floured 10 x 15 x 1 inch pan.  Bake for 30 minutes (or until toothpick comes out mostly clean).  Ice cake while still warm with the following icing:

1 stick butter or margarine
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 pound powdered sugar (3 1/2 - 4 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla

In small saucepan, bring butter or margarine, milk, and cocoa to a boil stirring frequently.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on high until well blended.

On this Gratituesday, I am grateful for tried and true recipes such as "Wacky Cake".  And, the fact that it's easier on the pocket book will make us all grateful!

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1 comment:

Tracey said...

Sounds delicious!!

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