My dear friend, Etta, recently shared her great-grannie’s depression-era crazy cake recipe with me and kindly allowed me to share it with you (thank you, Etta!)
The cake is vegan, inexpensive, tasty without being too sweet, and super-easy. Plus, there is one less bowl to wash because the entire cake is mixed in the cake pan itself.
This cake is delicious served alone or with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and you’re good to go!
Crazy Cake – 9 servings
Mix in pan:
1-1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder*
With a spoon, form 3 wells in dry ingredients. Add:
Well #1: 6 Tablespoons canola oil
Well #2: 1 teaspoon vanilla
Well #3: 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Then pour 1 cup of COLD water over the top of all of the ingredients and mix well.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Invert on wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 squares.
If desired, sprinkle with a light dusting of sifted powdered sugar.
*I suggest using high-quality cocoa powder as this really enhances the flavor of the cake. I use Bernard C’s unsweetened cocoa powder.
Your turn: This is also a fun cake to make with children. I’d love to have comments from anybody who bakes this crazy cake either alone or with their kids!