Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is the simplest cake I have ever made but you can easily dress it up and look impressive. I have been making this for over 20 years and only recently realized it's vegan! Just top with powdered sugar or fruit instead of whipped topping.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa, Rounded
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water, Ice Cold
  • whipped topping
  • fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two 8 inch or one 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together all dry ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over top and whisk until smooth. It will be "runny".
  5. Pour batter into pans and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool and decorate as desired.
Most Helpful

4 5

Not amazing, but pretty good. And great for how easy it is.

5 5

Excellent cake, great texture like a "real cake", stayed fresh. Made a great birthday cake!

4 5

For such a simple cake, this cake works out very well. I made as directed using Kittencal's Chocolate Frosting/Icing to frost. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Sorrie Lue!