Susan's Favourite One Bowl Cake, Aka Wacky Cake

"My sister sent me this recipe. Some years ago I had asked her if she still had the recipe for WACKY CAKE that she used to make when I was a little girl. She said that she didn't but then she came across this recipe that she had found in the local newspaper and because it was so similar, she decided to send it to me. This recipe was entered by Brenna Ekstand from Rosetown, Sask. into a recipe contest sponsored by Fry's Cocoa. She found it in her grandmother's handwritten collection."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a fork, blend flour with sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  • Using the tail end of the fork or wooden spoon, make three wells in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour oil in one hole, vinegar in another and vanilla in the third.
  • Pour cold water over top and mix until well combined.
  • Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch square baking pan and bake on center rack at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until springy when lightly touched in the center.

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  1. Easy recipe for me and my 5 year old to do together. I did use a 9x13 pan as the amount of batter was more than would fit in a 9-inch square. A quick, fun, and easy recipe with a firmer texture than a standard cake recipe.
  2. I have been using this recipe for years and it it a favorite for sure! My recipe for Recipe #218589 goes very well with this cake. It is sweet, but not overly sweet, and it is a great frosting for designs. After my cake is frosted, I often take the tip of a rounded knife and press down on the frosting and then pull away and it makes picks all over the top of the cake. Very pretty, especially with chopped nuts, sprinkles, Jimmys, or anything else you might want to add on top.


I am a busy single mom of 5 growing boys!! My children's ages are 21,18,14,12 and 10 1/2. In my spare time,when I have any, I try to walk 3 miles a day.I like to read Woman's World and inspirational books and if I didn't have 5 beautiful boys to care for, I would probably be doing missionary work. I live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and I swear we must be living in Heaven on earth!!!I would love to travel if I had the resources and time with Brazil and South America being on the top of my list of places to see.
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