Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake, also known as Depression Cake or Vinegar Cake, is a simple chocolate cake recipe that happens to be vegan thanks to a lack of eggs, milk and butter. This one bowl simple cake is so dense and delicious that you won’t believe that you can mix it up in mere minutes!

Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake
Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake

How to Make Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake

This is literally the easiest chocolate cake that you are ever going to make. I swear that every Girl Guide has made this at one point or another as you can take the ingredients camping with you – there are no perishable ingredients! To make a wacky cake you need to:

  • Combine all of the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. If you were in Girl Guides you would literally mix it in the pan to save a bowl!
  • Bake in the oven until a cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

That is IT. The easiest chocolate cake ever!

Wacky cake is a great cake to whip up in a hurry or when you don’t want to use a cake mix to bake a cake up for a recipe. It’s a great one to have in your back pocket for emergencies! It’s also perfect for people that are vegan or have dairy or egg allergies as they can have their cake and eat it too! To frost it you can make my Buttercream Frosting recipe or my Vegan Buttercream Frosting if you are looking to make an entirely vegan cake.

Who else made this cake as a kid? I swear it was in a Girl Guide handout or something, that’s what I remember it from! Or wait, maybe did we all make this for a baking badge or something?? Hmmm. That might be it!

Happy baking!



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4 from 2 votes
Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe is a delicious simple chocolate cake recipe that has no eggs and no milk but bakes up into a moist, decadent cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crazy cake, wacky cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 299 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 

  3. Add in the wet ingredients then stir until smooth.

  4. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 pan.

  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

  6. Cool in the pan and serve from the pan.

Recipe Notes

This is a great recipe for the kids! 

Nutrition Facts
Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 25g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. OMG – AMAZING!!!!! I used your recipe for the Whacky Cake because I’m making your rum balls. If those turn out even half as good as this cake has my neighbors (and me) will be so happy. Planning to take these around to everyone on Christmas Eve. Thank you for sharing these recipes.

  2. So happy to see this! My mom used to whip up “Wacky Cupcakes “ anytime we needed something for school. Thanks.

  3. Debbie Burgess Reply

    Just a quick question, can you substitute 1 for 1 gluten free flour for the all purpose flour? I have a customer looking for a recipe like this but wants to know as well as I do.

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