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Popular during the Depression Era and war time when eggs were hard to come by or rationed. By using oil instead of butter the cake's vegan...either way the method results in a perfect chocolate cake almost every time. By separating the wet ingredients into the dry mix and combining all at once, the reaction between the vinegar and baking soda gives the cake its fluffiness. Mixing the cake directly in the pan means it can be put in the preheated oven before the reaction stops.

Once I served this for a birthday side-by-side with a custom layer cake from a cake shop--the vegan cake had vanished well before the end of the party, while two-thirds of the layer cake was still left over!

Wacky Cake
(also known as Crazy Cake or Depression Cake)

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup cooking oil (or butter)
1 cup water
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Sift flour, cocoa and sugar into an oiled 8x8 cake pan.

Make three holes in mixture (one about twice as big as the other two). Into the first hole put vanilla and vinegar. Into the second hole, put butter or cooking oil. Mix the baking soda into the 1 cup water until dissolved and pour into the third (and largest) hole. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute and bake in same pan for 30-40 minutes at 350° F.

It is fabulous on its own or with toppings such as: cherry pie filling, raspberry jam, hot fudge, or a frosting made of equal parts nutella and soy cream cheese.
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