Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is Mom's favorite chocolate cake. Easy to make and has a little different twist. Also has no eggs or dairy products. Pick your favorite frosting for the top--Mom likes 7-minute the best.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together and make 3 holes in dry ingredients.
  2. In first hole, pour vegetable oil.
  3. In second hole, pour vinegar.
  4. In third hole, pour vanilla.
  5. Pour cold water over all.
  6. Mix well with fork or whisk, but do not beat.
  7. Bake in greased 8 x 8 pan for about 35 minutes at 350 deg F.
Most Helpful

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!! Dont let the ingredients fool you! WOW! It was super moist and just plain good! Thanks for the new recipe!

~*Miss Diggy*~ October 01, 2002

Made this tonite and it was soooo easy. The texture is wonderful, a little heavy, almost a brownie like texture. It is not overly chocolatey or sweet, which was perfect with the buttercream frosting I used. I did not have a square pan, so I used a 9" round pan and it took 30 minutes. Very good recipe for a quick, snack cake! Thanks :) P.S. I am posting a picture which I am sure will not do it justice, but you can still see it looks pretty tasty.

Karen=^..^= September 26, 2002

My Mom used to make this cake for my family while growing up and all 6 of us loved it !!! She called it the 3-Hole cake or Poor Man's cake since it does not take eggs or milk. I now make it for my family and have the same results - they love it. I especially like it because it is not as sweet as other chocolate cakes and its extremely moist. Another excellent feature in the prep time is short and clean-up is a snap since you only use the pan to prepare and bake the batter.

Michele Tracy April 10, 2003