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Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe

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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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Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe

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!

4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
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 Information

Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 305mg, Potassium: 76mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. says

    Do you have recipe for 8×8” square cake?

  2. Bruce says

    Back 65 years or so my Mother used to make this cake. This brings back a whole lot of memories. Thank you so much! Gonna make some this weekend.

  3. MaryAnn Smith says

    I make this exact cake all the time. It’s great in a pinch and can be made gluten free easily.
    A sprinkle of powdered sugar and it’s amazing with coffee.
    Yes you can have your cake and eat it for breakfast!

    Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  4. Debbie says

    I grew up on British Columbia! I know live in the USA. I have a brother and sister in Edmonton.
    I grew up making a LOT of Crazy cakes ( I was also a GirlGuide). Today I’m going to teach my 6 year old son to make a cake Father’ Dat.

    • Debbie says

      Sorry about the typos. I hate autocorrect ? My fault for not reading what I wrote….

  5. Lynn says

    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.

  6. DeShon says

    So happy to see this! My mom used to whip up “Wacky Cupcakes “ anytime we needed something for school. Thanks.5 stars

  7. Debbie Burgess says

    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.3 stars

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