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This is by far the best homemade chocolate cake. We have used this recipe in my family for years. The best topping that we have for the cake is homemade applesauce. Wonderful comfort food!

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ti May 14, 2002

I don't know the history of this recipe, but it has been around since I was a child, and continues to be a family favorite. It has a rich chocolate flavor and an unusual heavy, moist texture. For best flavor use real vanilla, not imitation. The best topping I've found is cool whip; but a thin layer of home-made chocolate peanut-butter cream frosting is also very good on this cake. It can be tricky to tell when Wacky cake is done; the best method is to insert a toothpick in the middle, which will come out clean when done. If overdone, the cake edges will be dry. This cake is very quick and easy to prepare, less than 10 minutes. I always double the recipe and bake in a 9X13 pan.

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Brenda Hamel April 02, 2002

I was craving brownies but had some almond milk I wanted to use up, so I decided on cake instead. I've been meaning to try this recipe for a long time. I'm so glad I finally did. It came out wonderfully. I used 5 tb of cocoa instead of 3 and almond milk instead of water. I screwed up and used baking powder instead of baking soda, but it still rose. I skipped icing or powdered sugar and just served it with ice cream. I will definitely make this again.

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Raichka February 10, 2011

I have been baking this cake for many years and have never had a failure. Any type of oil, shortening, butter, margarine, or even bacon drippings work in this forgiving recipe. Double the ingredients and bake in 2 round 9" cale pans for a 2-layer cake.

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emmalee1942 June 01, 2010

I have this same recipe and make this cake all the time. It's a family favorite. Notice the recipe doesn't contain eggs or milk? This recipe was used a lot during the depression era do to the lack of ingredients available and the lack of income for most families. I top this with a homemade white icing or even just some strawberries and a little chocolate syrup, DELICIOUS!!

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Chef Mean Green July 12, 2007

Made as directed and will served warm with whipped cream. Not so great, I'm sad to say. Spongy and cheap tasting. We ate it, though, but nothing special about it and not suitable for company. Can make much tastier cakes for the same amount of time. Very mediocre.

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Food Snob in Israel April 26, 2015

This cake saved the day! Had a birthday party at the last minute and whipped this together in no time. I made it in a round springform, popped it open while warm, grated chocolate over it so it melted, then topped with some sprinkles. It was done in about 25 minutes, so watch closely as it's nearing its time.

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Wish I Could Cook October 11, 2013

What a blast from the past! My Mother-in-law kept talking about a cake her grandmother and mother used to make called a Wacky Cake. She even described the three wells and how it went together. Well, food.com to the rescue! I made this cake for her and I swear, she had tears in her eyes. I just love being able to re-create old family favorites for my loved ones! Thanks, LainieBug!

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Angel91805 March 10, 2013

I cant believe how easy it was to make this! I upped the cocoa to 5tbsp and added half cup of cold coffee and half cup plain cold water to make it more chocolatey and topped with choc chips. Made a nice, light cake, very crumbly and slightly bitter though. I was too lazy to frost it, but probably should've since the cake was less sweet and too airy to eat by itself. Will definitely make it again with more sugar or frosting!
Update: had the cake again the day after making it and it was amazingly soft and moist, less crumbly and seemed sweeter. thanks for this amazing recipe!

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wannabe_chef July 01, 2012

So simple and so delicious!! Thanks!

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Tina S. January 28, 2012
Wacky Cake