Wacky Cake (Depression Cake, No Eggs)

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"My mother and grandmother has made this cake recipe since the 1930's apparently it was from a newspaper, and has become well known and loved over the years, it's called wacky because there are no eggs in it and the prep is quite different than a regular cake, it can be iced or without icing, it's delicious any way you make it. I like it with warm with just butter, also powdered sugar is good on it if you don't want to have icing"

Original is 14 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (107.7 g)
  • Calories 319.5
  • Total Fat - 12.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 349 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 50.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 28.7 g
  • Protein - 3.4 g
  • Calcium - 9.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a 9x13 pan.

Step 2

Make three holes in the flour mixture.

Step 3

In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil.

Step 4

Pour water over all and stir well.

Step 5

Bake at 350 degrees F until it springs back to the touch or a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean - about 25 minutes.


No special items needed.

8 Reviews


Probably my favorite cake, but this is my first time making it, and it baked up so moist and delicious. We loved it! My vanilla cream frosting was excellent with the deep chocolate cake. Yumma!


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(6 May 2021)


Instant favorite here! We love this full of chocolate flavored, great textured and delicious cake. It is so moist and you can use any frosting that you like. We like it more than any other cake!


(9 Sep 2020)


This cake is so good! Love the texture and deep chocolate taste. Oh, did I mention how moist it is? It is very moist and delicious. I made mine with peanut butter frosting that tasted just like fudge. Oh wow! What a combo!!


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(27 Mar 2020)


I have made this several times because it is so good. Love the texture of this cake! So moist and chocolaty and filling. This will be around my house for a very long time!


(1 Feb 2020)

Bonnie Baker

Delicious and moist chocolate cake that was such a treat for my family. Totally enjoyed with some ice cream on top.


review by:
(26 Dec 2019)


This cake is wonderful. It was moist and had a great chocolate flavor. The cake itself isn't too sweet which I loved. Vanilla frosting was the icing on the cake!


review by:
(4 Oct 2019)

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