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Wacky Cake!

What if we told you that you could make a chocolate cake right now without eggs, milk, butter, and very little sugar?

You would probably say that we’re out of our minds – perhaps a bit wacky!

Despite how crazy it sounds, a cake like this actually exists, and it’s been around for a while. Some call it magic, others call it depression era genius!

You see, in the 1920s, ingredients like eggs, butter, milk and even sugar were not only expensive, but oftentimes difficult to get your hands on. In an age before the accessibility of box mixes, this meant one thing for many families; no dessert. (GASP!)

This, however, didn’t stop some from figuring out ways to make their favorite treats without these expensive ingredients — can you imagine a life without chocolate cake either? By substituting these ingredients for others that were on-hand in most households, people were able to recreate their favorite desserts.

Thus, the “wacky cake” was born!

What’s even cooler, is that the wacky cake isn’t just a culinary wonder, it’s also kind of like a wacky science project! The vinegar, baking soda and oil all work together to make the cake rise without eggs.

You only need a few household ingredients to make this awesome cake, so grab your apron (and maybe even your wacky science gloves?) and let’s get cooking!

What you need:

  • 1 ½ Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Water

How to make it:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Mix flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together in your pan
  • Make three separated wells in the mixture

  • Pour oil into the first, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well

  • Pour water over all and mix

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes

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