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Wacky Cake

A World War II era treat that was created when common baking ingredients were rationed.
Course: Dessert


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp vinegar, (white, apple cider, or rice)
  • 6 tbsp vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 cup hot water or brewed coffee


  • Pre-heat oven to 375F with a rack placed in the middle of the oven.
  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl.
  • With a fork, stir in vanilla, vinegar, oil, and hot water or brewed coffee until completely mixed.
  • Pour batter into a lightly greased 8" square cake pan, or cupcake papers in a muffin pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes for the cake. Bake 20-25 minutes for the cupcakes.