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Crazy Cake That's Easy to Make

Updated on August 2, 2012

Cocoa Tastes Good!


Recipe Background

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!

Flour Sifter

Put the dry ingredients in first.
Put the dry ingredients in first. | Source

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

  1. Mix all ingredients in one pan (10x13 loaf pan) with a fork, or spoon, until smooth.
  2. Bake in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 12 servings

Mix and Bake In Same Pan

How crazy is that -- crazy easy, when it means one or two less bowls to clean. Plus, you do not have to grease or spray coat your pan.
How crazy is that -- crazy easy, when it means one or two less bowls to clean. Plus, you do not have to grease or spray coat your pan. | Source

Adding the Liquid Ingredients

You can add them in "holes" or pour over top. Doesn't matter - just stir away (easy at first so the flour doesn't fly out of the pan).
You can add them in "holes" or pour over top. Doesn't matter - just stir away (easy at first so the flour doesn't fly out of the pan). | Source

About Ready to Bake!

Mix till smooth.
Mix till smooth. | Source

Rate This Super Easy Cake

5 stars from 1 rating of Crazy Cake

Final Tips

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.


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    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is so cool! Makes cake baking much easier. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and others!

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      This cake didn't last long at my house! Next time, I'll have to make two.

      Heather - my flour sifter just cranks around really easy or I can just shake it out, too. The markings for the cups are very accurate, too; fill it to the line for the right amount of sifted flour. I'll add where you can get one in my hub.

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This looks Yummy!

    • Heather Says profile image

      Heather Rode 

      6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Oh haha! I mean like... mine has a double handle that acts like a trigger? If that makes sense. They contract when you squish them together with one hand. I'm horrible at describing this. Anyway. I have the kind I'm trying to describe and it's always getting stuck. I'd like one like yours.

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Heather - I don't even know what a new sifter looks like...I have measuring spoons that are older than I am, too! I'll have to add a picture of them in my next recipe.

    • Heather Says profile image

      Heather Rode 

      6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great recipe. I love your old-fashioned sifter. I'd like to try this sometime. Thanks :)


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