Crazy Cake Recipe

crazy cakeThe idea of simple living is certainly not new. Many of our grandparents and our grandparents’ parents adapted to the Great Depression with clever and frugal recipes.

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

8″ pan

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!

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5 Responses to Crazy Cake Recipe

  1. It looks delish…I need to try this one! Thank you (and Etta) for the recipe.

  2. Hey Jenn, I'd love to hear your thoughts if you bake this cake. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Avatar Donna Beatson
    Donna Beatson says:

    I have made this cake SO many times since discovering  the recipe. Everyone who tries it LOVES it, thank you for sharing!

  4. Avatar Hamideh_gol79
    Hamideh_gol79 says:

    I tried this cake,the taste was good but it doesn’t raise to much,only
    about 1 centimeter and also it was sticky and a little hard not to soft.

    I used baking powder instead of baking soda and apple vinegar instead of white vinegar ,is it the reason of it?

  5. Hamideh, in this particular recipe baking soda rather than baking powder must be used.  The soda creates a chemical reaction with the vinegar to make the cake rise.  On the other hand, type of vinegar does not matter.  The apple cider vinegar should be fine.

    Good luck and bon appétit!