Wacky Cake Recipe (vegan chocolate)

This quick and simple cake recipe dates back to the great depression.  By necessity it includes no milk, eggs or substitutes.  Unlike many vegan cakes, it is actually really good. I have received many compliments on it.

The resulting cake is rich, moist and not excessively sweet.  Add additional sugar if you’d prefer a sweeter cake.  I personally like to add a bit of extra cocoa powder.


  • 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (*I use Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil (*Can be any type of vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt.
  3. Make three wells in the flour mixture.
  4. In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil.
  5. Pour the cold water over the mixture and stir until moistened.
  6. Pour into 8 x 8-inch pan.
  7. Bake at 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it springs back when touched lightly.