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Monday, February 13, 2012

Wacky Cake

A lot of people love chocolate on Valentine's Day, especially chocolate cake. If you are running low on time this Valentine's, and you want a lighter version than the store bought cakes, this is a cake you will love! Growing up this was one of my favorite cakes to make, because it takes five minutes to prep, which is awesome when you are super busy! This is also a great cake to do with your kids, simple, not a whole lot of mess and only one bowl to wash!

Also, for the moms with kids who have egg, or milk allergy, this is a recipe for you! It is light, and fluffy, and the edge of the cake hardens just enough to give a nice chewy texture.
I'm not a big fan of chocolate, and I was too lazy to make my 7-minute frosting tonight, and with this pregnancy I've been digging the fruits, so I added some cherry pie filling to the top and it gave it a rich, not too sweet flavor that I loved!

This is actually the brain child of a woman from the depression, ingredients were expensive so they had to make due with what they had, hence the no-eggs, no-milk. All you need to do is sift the dry ingredients together, and make sure you sift them! I was dumb and didn't think about it and my cocoa has apparently decided to clump inside the canister.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, and then using a spoon, hollow out three circles in the middle of the ingredients. It helps if you have one that is fairly deep and wide for the vegetable oil. Then you add the three wet ingredients - oil, vanilla and vinegar into the holes. 

Pour the cup of cold water over all the ingredients and try to mix it as well as you can, especially the bottom of the bowl because it tends to get sticky.

Pour the batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Cook for 35 minutes, it turned out perfect at 35 minutes, but if you oven cooks too hot, I'd definitely check it at 30 minutes.
Once it's done, let it cool and ice/frost it with whatever frosting or topping you'd like! It is such a light, fluffy cake that it doesn't make you feel like keeling over after you eat it.


Wacky Cake

1 1/2 Cups Flour                                          
1 Cup Sugar
3 Tbs Cocoa                                                  
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt                                                    
6 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1Tbs Vinegar                                                  
1 Tsp Vanilla
                                           1 Cup Cold Water

1. Sift together and make 3 holes in dry ingredients
2. In first hole, pour vegetable oil
3. In second hold, pour vanilla
4. Third hole, pour vinegar
5. Pour the cold water over all the ingredients
6. Mix well with a fork or whisk, but do not beat.
7. Pour into greased baking dish (8x8 dish) for 35 minutes at 350 F. You will know when it's done if you insert a knife or toothpick and it comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool, frost and enjoy!