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Wacky Cake

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allergy friendly, cake, chocolate, chocolate recipes, cookies, cake mix recipes, dessert recipes, Dessert recipe, dessert recipes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Cindy Hopper


Wacky Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cold water

Fudgy Frosting Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups unsalted butter (2-1/2 sticks unsalted butter) room temperature
  • 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips melted and cooled


Wacky Cake Instructions

  • Before starting preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 2 - 8 or nine inch cake pans with cooking spray.
  • Sift all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the wet ingredients, and stir with a spoon until it's combined. You might see the vinegar bubble with the baking soda. Don't worry it is supposed to do that. The batter will be thin, but that's normal.
  • Pour batter into two 9-inch round cake pans that have been greased. (A 9 X 13-inch cake pan will also work. Make sure it is greased and you will need to increase the baking time to about 40 minutes.)
  • Bake the two filled round cake pans at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Fudgy Frosting Instructions

  • Cream butter with an electric mixer. Now you're ready to frost your cake. YUM
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Mix well. A damp kitchen towel placed over your mixer will help contain the dry ingredients.
  • Once ingredients are mixed add corn syrup and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add melted chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Now you're ready to frost your cake. Yum!


If you have dairy allergies or prefer dairy-free frosting this recipe is another frosting option for you.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup dairy-free spread
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together until creamy with an electric mixer.



Serving: 82g | Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg