Wacky Cake | No Dairy Chocolate Cake

Frosted Wacky CakeMy mother made this Wacky Cake – no dairy chocolate cake for us when we were kids.  That was before anyone was talking about being vegan or having allergies to dairy.  Even if you have no problem eating eggs and milk, you’ll love this cake.  This no dairy chocolate cake was probably created when there was a shortage of eggs and milk during the depression.

This cake is so easy to make, you may never go back to that box mix again.  I might try this recipe without the chocolate and see how it turns out as a vanilla cake.  I’ll let you know when I get around to it.

This is homemade from scratch chocolate cake.  All ingredients can be mixed right in the 9 x 11 baking dish and be put right in the oven.  You can’t beat that when it comes to cleaning up.  I mixed this one right in the baking dish so I’d have the pictures to post here, but I prefer to mix in a separate bowl so I don’t have to be so neat with my stirring.  I don’t use an electric mixer.  Just mix by hand.

This no dairy chocolate cake is still the best (and easiest) chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  So moist!  We called it “Wacky Cake” because instead of using milk and eggs, we use vinegar and oil, so I’ll continue with that name.

This cake also freezes well.  I always hate making a whole cake for just my husband and I, so I decided to freeze half of it.  The next month, I thawed it out and it was just as good as the first time.  Or, I have cut this recipe in half and used an 8 x 8 baking dish.

Wacky Cake Ingredients

Wacky Cake | Recipe

3 c. flour

2 c. sugar

6 T. Hershey’s baking cocoa

2 tsp. baking soda

2 T. vinegar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. cold water

10 T. oil

Wacky Cake Dry Ingredients

Wacky Cake in Baking Dish

Mix all dry ingredients right in your 9 x 11 baking dish.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix thoroughly by hand.  If you decided to mix in a bowl instead of your baking dish, pour into 9 x 11 dish now (no need to grease pan) and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. 

Wacky Cake on Wire RackCool cake completely on a wire rack before frosting.


Frost with your favorite frosting or use the frosting recipe below.


Wacky Cake | Frosting

1 box (or 2 cups) powdered sugar                      

1/2 cup Crisco shortening

3-4 T. of milk (or water)

1 tsp. vanilla

Using electric mixer, on low speed, blend powdered sugar, Crisco, and milk (or water) until desired consistency for spreading.  (You may need a few more drops of milk or water to get right spreading consistency.)  Then add vanilla.  Continue beating with mixer.  Frost when cake is completely cooled.

Slice of Wacky CakeThis Wacky Cake is the most moist chocolate cake and so easy to make.

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  1. This no dairy chocolate cake looks delicious! I will have to try it.

    • Hi! Angie,
      This really is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. I’m not a fan of the light and airy cakes from a box or grocery store’s bakery. This is not only easy to make, but has that great “homemade” taste. Let me know how you like it.

      • As soon as I get a chance, I’ll make your yummy chocolate cake and let you know how I like it. I’m sure it will be a hit as I absolutely love chocolate. Since pumpkin is popping up everywhere now I’ve been getting the Pumpkin Chocolate muffins. So yes, anytime there’s chocolate, I’m in.

  2. Yummy! and I’ve got all the ingredients right here at home! I’m about to go try it :]

    • Hope you love it, Emily, as much as my family does. My mother made this recipe when we were kids and we all still claim it as our favorite chocolate cake. So moist. The only hint is that you should take it out of the oven when a few flakes are still sticking to your toothpick as it will continue to cook a little when you take it out of the oven. You don’t want to over bake it so you can really enjoy the moist texture. I’d love to hear how you liked it and whether you chose to mix it right in the baking pan or in a separate bowl.

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