Wacky cake

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Wacky cake
Wacky Cake.jpg
Dry ingredients for a wacky cake
Type Cake
Main ingredients Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar, vanilla extract
Cookbook: Wacky cake  Media: Wacky cake

Wacky cake is a spongy, cocoa-based cake. It is unique in that unlike most pastries and desserts, no eggs, butter or milk are used to make the cake batter.

Wacky Cake may have been created as the result of rationing during World War II, when milk and eggs were scarce. Active ingredients in wacky cake include flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar and vanilla extract.[1] Some recipes add brewed coffee as an additional ingredient. The cake may be topped with icing or confectioner's sugar, or even served plain.

The cake is considered a popular delicacy at bake sales in numerous rural regions of the United States.

Usually served with just a dusting of powdered sugar, or buttercream frosting, there is also a frosting/glaze recipe sometimes found attached that also is made from "ration" ingredients.

There are several variations on why this confection is referred to as "Wacky Cake." Many people[who?] believe that its lack of eggs or the unconventional "divot wells" method of preparation. Another legend[citation needed] has it that a small child, while seeing the cake being made stated, "Oil and vinegar in cake! That's salad dressing! Mom, you are wacky!"

In many Italian-American households it is often the traditional birthday cake. Sometimes the cake is cooled, removed from the pan and shapes are cut out, or the entire top may be decorated with butter cream frosting.


  1. ^ Bracken, Peg (1960). I Hate to Cook Book. Harcourt Brace. ASIN B001C4NMQW. 

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