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Wacky Cake

Wacky cake is an easy cake recipe your whole family will love! Because it's made without eggs, it's the perfect recipe to make when you don't want to run to the grocery store.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crazy cake, depression cake, wacky cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • For the cake, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk thoroughly to combine until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting, cream the butter and cocoa until smooth & fluffy with an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to mix until combined. Slowly add the milk until you reach the desired consistency. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir to fully incorporate.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg