Crazy Cake That's Easy to Make
Cocoa Tastes Good!
This Crazy Cake recipe was given to me by a neighbor many years ago. She lived through the Great Depression and she had seven children, so time and ingredients were precious.
My neighbor told me that she had to get by with a few chickens in those days (they lived on a small farm). Feeding a large family meant that the eggs were used every day for breakfast and sometimes they were supper, too. Using a couple of eggs for a cake would have been just plain frivolous!
I remember my mom, too, and how she would be very frugal with the ingredients she used, especially flour. When she taught me to bake, the flour was poured into the sifter over a bowl and every bit of it that dropped in the bowl or on the table was saved. Mom would say, you don't appreciate how good it is to have all the flour you could want. She remembers getting down to last few cups and trying to stretch them out for days till they could afford to get more. Back then, you needed flour for bread you baked yourself, along with stews, gravies, etc. Cookies or cakes were a rare treat.
My neighbor used this recipe to treat her family on special occasions and then kept on using it often through the good years, too. Hope you enjoy this Great Depression recipe!
This also is a wonderful dessert for those allergic to dairy products - no milk, butter, or eggs. Using one pan to mix and bake in saves some effort, too. In fact, it's just crazy!
Simple Ingredient List
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Crazy Cake Baking Instructions
- Mix all ingredients in one pan (10x13 loaf pan) with a fork, or spoon, until smooth.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
Mix and Bake In Same Pan
Adding the Liquid Ingredients
About Ready to Bake!
Rate This Super Easy Cake
No need to prepare the pan - no greasing and flouring or spraying first.
You can use glass or metal pan.
Cake will be moister than you might think! But do not overbake.
Use real vanilla if you can, instead of the imitation flavoring.
Tastes like chocolate and will raise about twice as tall as brownies.
Delicious as is, or with frosting.