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square slice of wacky chocolate cake dusted with powdered sugar
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Wacky Cake (Depression Cake)

Wacky cake is a rich, moist vegan chocolate cake that you make without any eggs or butter. The recipe is SO easy to prepare, you kids can help you make it!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Depression Cake, Wacky Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Water


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In an 8x8" ungreased pan, add flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  • Sir until mixed.
  • Make 3 holes in dry ingredients.
  • Pour vinegar in one, vanilla in another and oil in third.
  • Pour water over all and mix until combined.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.