Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wacky Cake (Copy Cat)

When  I saw Debbie over at Debbie Doos was having a copy cat party, I wanted to copy so many things that I sadly don't have the resources to do ( sigh).  But I happened ,just the other day, get an email feed  from Mal over at  The Chic Geek . She had just made this "Wacky Cake" from America's Test Kitchen .  It looked great and with ingredients that everyone usually has. And I did, woo hoo!

They are cooking through the decades and this cake happens to be from around the 1940s during the war when certain ingredients were rationed at different times. It contains no milk products ( yea for us lactose intolerant), no egg sand no nuts. They called it wacky because it was made without those ingredients and right in the baking pan.  I call that awesome cake because I only had one pan/bowl to clean after I was done.


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 8-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in pan.

 3.Make 1 large and 2 small craters in dry ingredients. Add oil to large crater and vinegar and vanilla separately to remaining small craters.

I used my measuring cups for the craters. They were already dirty, so why not?

4.Pour water into pan , and mix until just a few streaks of flour remain. Immediately put pan in oven.

 3. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan, then dust with confectioners’ sugar. (If tightly wrapped, cake will keep for 3 days at room temperature.)

Right out of the oven. The pan is not pretty but who cares.

Thanks for sharing, Mal.

 I will say it tasted great.  Next time I make it I might make some kind of icing because I have the world's biggest sweet tooth.  But my hubby even went back for seconds and if he doesn't have a sweet tooth, that's saying something.

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  1. Oh that looks so yummy! Great copycat, Emily.

    1. Thanks, Gina. Your collection was great as well.

  2. Hmmm...looks interesting. I might have to actually try this! I like that it's lactose free.

    1. yes...it was interesting but tastes pretty good.

  3. This looks so good! Might have to give this a try very soon!

    1. It was good and I couldn't get over how easy it was to make.

  4. I am definitely going to try this wacky recipe. Yours looks delicious, so quite a successful copycat, I'd say!

    1. Thank you. You should, It's well worth it.

  5. Very interesting - especially with the addition of vinegar - and that it doesn't have eggs. Is it really moist? I might have to try just to see :-)

    1. That's what I thought. And the first two days it was, after that... even covered...not so much.

  6. :D Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks great!!!

    Linking from Debbiedoo's,
    Ricki Jill

  7. Ohhh...what a mouth watering copy cat this is!~ I could go for a piece right now. Thanks for sharing with the copy cat challenge party. Enjoy!

  8. Love how delicious this looks

  9. We used to make this cake when I was growing up and I forgot all about it. We called it Crazy Cake. It is extra good with icing! This is the one we used to make: 1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar, 2 T Cocoa, 1/4 t Salt, 3 T Soft Butter and 2 T Hot Strong Coffee ~ so good. I think I might have to make this today : ) !

    1. ooo... now that sounds like a good addition. And yep, it could have used a little something on the top.

  10. Yummy! Stopping by from Freedom Friday hop and following.

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  11. Wow...I love that there is no bowl to wash! I just pinned and tweeted this!

    1. Thanks, Marilyn. That was one of the best parts.


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