Crazy cake! Also known as the ‘depression’ cake, this cake originated during the Great Depression due to the scarcity and expensiveess of eggs, milk and butter as well as sugar. So when I saw the recipe a few times in a few different places, I knew that this was one I was going to most definitely try. It’s quick, simple, has few ingredients and is ideal for the lazy baker or as an activity with kids. A moist rich chocolate cake, which surprises given it’s strange mix of ingredients.
1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup vegetable oil ( next time I’m replacing it with coconut oil )
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish. (Double recipe to use a 9×13 pan). Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt in pan and stir. Create 2 small and 1 large depression in the surface of dry ingredients. Pour vanilla and vinegar into a small depression and vegetable oil into the large. Pour water over surface and stir until batter forms. Bake for 35 minutes.
Top with a frosting or ganache of your choice, or simply have it plain- It’s that good!