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 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
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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