This has to be the easiest chocolate cake to make—ever! As I was looking through my Mamaw’s recipe box to find another recipe to share with you, I came across this Crazy Chocolate Cake recipe. I remember making it growing up, so my mom must have the recipe too, though I don’t know if Mamaw gave the recipe to Mom or vice versa. This is one of the few times Mamaw didn't write where she got the recipe on the card.
What is great about this cake is you mix it together in the same pan in which you bake it. No mixer. No bowl. Just the baking dish and a fork. And no eggs or milk, either! The vinegar in the mix helps the cake rise. From what I’ve read, this recipe (and many others similar to it) was developed during the Great Depression as a cost-effective way to make a chocolate cake without expensive ingredients.
The cake is tasty without frosting—moist, rich and chocolaty. I just dust it with powdered sugar. But feel free to top it with your favorite frosting. Enjoy!
Crazy Chocolate Cake
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cups water
Sift dry ingredients into a 12 x 7 1/2 x 2-inch baking pan.
Mix together and make 3 indentations in the dry ingredients. Into one hole, put vanilla, into another put vinegar, and into third put cooking oil. Pour water over all and mix batter well with a fork.
Bake in the same pan at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch.