Wacky Cake

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by JackieOhNo

I guess it gets the name Wacky because it is a wacky way to make a cake (but easy)! Adapted from Bon Appetit, August 1985.

Top Review by Studentchef

This is a really great cake that came out moist. I found it interesting to use the pan to add all the ingredients instead of a bowl, but then again, I didn't have to worry so much about cleaning!
The icing was really easy to make and quite good!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into an 8" square pan.
  3. Make three 2" holes in flour mixture with fork.
  4. Pour warm water and 1 teaspoon vanilla into 1 hole.
  5. Pour vegetable oil into the second hole.
  6. Pour vinegar into the third hole.
  7. Stir through batter until well mixed, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  9. Cool cake completely in pan.
  10. For the icing, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, butter, milk, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder in small saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil.
  11. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute.
  12. Remove from heat and stir until cool, about 5 minutes.
  13. Add remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla and mix well.
  14. Spread icing over cake in pan.
  15. Let cool until set.

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