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Vinegar Cake - Best Chocolate Cake I Have Ever Made

Updated on June 27, 2013
Photo of half of Vinegar Cake
Photo of half of Vinegar Cake | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Chocolate Vinegar Cake

A Delightful Discovery

©joaniebaby 01-16-2013

The recipe for this cake was included in our Sunday paper and intrigued me by the name, of course, but also because my husband loves chocolate cake more than anything (probably even me). Therefore, I just had to clip the recipe and experiment with it. The cake definitely was a wonderful surprise as the ingredients are a little unusual. The addition of vinegar surprised me, but the article said that the vinegar reacts with the soda to make a moist, tender crumb. (It definitely does.) Also the recipe calls for 1 tbsp. of vanilla which seems extreme, but I guess not.

The name of the flyer that came with our paper was "Relish." There is also a website:

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: ten to twelve servings, depending upon size
Vinegar Cake
Vinegar Cake | Source


  • 1 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 cup sugar, white
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil, I used canola oil

Mixing instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together. Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Mix well. If the batter isn't quite thin, add a little more warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it is thin. This makes a very moist cake.
  3. Pour into an 8 in. or 9 in. square pan, or a 6 in. x 9 in. oblong pan. Bake 25 to 30 min, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and dust with cocoa, or powdered sugar, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: approx. 1 1/2 in. x 2 in.
Calories 141
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 152 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • joaniebaby profile image

      joaniebaby 4 years ago

      Yes, vinegar is a surprising ingredient, but I am told this makes the cake more tender and moist. Thanks for voting.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and interesting!

      I am fond of cakes and especially chocolate but yes, vinegar is an interesting ingredient. I would give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing and I am sharing, pinning too.

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      Jenn 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I will try this soon as well! It looks really good. :)

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      Christine McDade 5 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Great recipe. I've made something similar and it is so delicious. It really turns out to be so moist.

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Thanks everybody for your comments. They are most welcome.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This sounds very interesting. Sounds like my husband likes chocolate cake as much as yours. Pinned for future use.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I have made this cake several times and it's the moistest chocolate cake ever. The vinegar helps to retain the moisture and keeps it from drying out! I found the recipe in the "Quick-Mix Cakes" recipe book from the Australian Women's Weekly Home Library.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      This recipe sounds divine. I would try it for sure.

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      twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great recipe! I learner about using vinegar for cake when I had to make one for a vegan friend. Now I prefer it even though I'm not vegan!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia sound delicious. I'll show to my mom. I hope she want to make it for me. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      The vinegar ingredient surprised me, too, but you absolutely cannot taste it. But the cake is definitely moist and tasty.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Now, I possibly love chocolate more than anyone else in the world and I like it with nearly everything, bu chocolate and vinegar is not one I would've thought up. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Looking forward to trying it!

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Chocolate lovers' rejoice. I made this cake yesterday and my husband is having his second serving today. It's not a large cake, but just right for us. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Aga 5 years ago

      You are right, it does seem easy to make. And doesn't love chocolate? Thanks!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This looks so easy to make! All ingredients are usually on hand - yummy!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will have to try this soon as I love chocolate cake. Sharing voting up and pinning.