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Treat Yourself To An American Classic With This Moist Wacky Cake

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The Great depression was one of the hardest eras in the history of the world. People were poor and food was scarce so families had to make do with what was available to them by rationing.

Since expenses had to be kept to a minimum, ingredients such as milk, eggs and butter were rarely used in cooking and baking. Instead, people created recipes that omitted these pricey ingredients without sacrificing taste.  

One of those creations is the Wacky cake.

The baked treat was considered a delicacy at the time and one only needed flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda oil, vinegar and vanilla to put it together. It is usually served with frosting or just a dusting of confectioner's sugar on top.

The best part is that it is mixed and baked in the same pan!

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Wacky Cake is still popular but with the vast selection of pastries available today, people seem to forget about it.

If you'd like to switch things up for dessert, try this recipe for a spongy and moist cake that is topped with a generous amount of easy chocolate frosting.



1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup cold water

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2 cup confectioner's sugar

2  tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons cold strong brewed coffee

2 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a greased 8 or 9 inch square pan.
  3. Make 3 holes then pour vinegar in one, vanilla in another and oil in the third.
  4. Pour water over all. Mix well with a fork. Do not beat.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes then let it cool in pan.
  6. Top with quick frosting

Quick Frosting:

1. Beat all ingredients for approximately 2 minutes or until smooth.


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