A friend of mine gave me this recipe.


  • * 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 2 cups white sugar
  • * 1 teaspoon salt
  • * 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • * 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • * 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • * 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • * 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • * 2 cups cold water


  1. 1. Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into a 9 x 13 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.


chinadoll652003 Says... 2010-04-13 16:33:13

My mom had this recipe since I was a kid! This is the best chocolate cake! It comes out very moist and tastes GREAT!!!!

ivymeister Says... 2010-04-14 22:55:52

White sugar?? Is that regular granulated sugar??

dottiepark Says... 2010-04-15 06:54:19

Yes, it's regular granulated sugar. This recipe can be halved easily and makes a perfect 8" square cake for small families. Also, IT'S VEGAN.

NinaB Says... 2010-04-15 11:32:57

My nephew has both egg and dairy allergies, so when I used this recipe for a recent family dinner, he was absolutely thrilled that he could eat the same cake that everyone else was eating.

modthyrth Says... 2010-04-15 16:22:40

It's our longtime family favorite, too, and it's incredibly adaptable. If you don't add the cocoa, it doesn't have to be chocolate! (Took me a couple decades to figure that one out.) I've made strawberry, vanilla, caramel, lemon, chai, and pumpkin cake versions of this recipe.

liz24 Says... 2010-04-15 18:36:35

Do you need to replace the cocoa with anything if you leave it out?

littlesydney Says... 2010-04-16 10:45:16

Oh my gosh! I grew up with this recipe as well. Thanks for posting it.

lizzybee Says... 2010-04-21 15:38:52

Been looking to try a cake like this for an intolerant family member. Mising instructions are interesting. Doesn't it stick to the pan though?

Mitchelle Says... 2010-04-30 11:53:26

This has been handed down for at least 3 generations in our family and it still stands as the hands down family favorite especially when topped with my grandmothers cooked fudge frosting. Our recipe calls for 12 Tbp of melted shortening instead of the oil and in our house its called "Wacky Cake"! It's a must to try!

meesmae Says... 2010-05-06 20:55:50

My family has this as Wacky cake.. How I love it, first cake I ever made as a child and I often give the recipe to people with children for the ease.

cindiluwho Says... 2010-05-29 12:15:46

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I have been looking for it for ages. It was my grandmothers favorite and so easy to make right in the pan you are baking it in!!!

veghed Says... 2010-06-26 17:25:46

I got similar recipe from a vegetarian/vegan website. It is the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten.

I have also heard it called Wartime Cake.

Tam0084 Says... 2010-07-15 07:43:41


microbiology1 Says... 2010-08-25 16:16:24

Tam0084- I made this today. It filled 3 8" rounds and took ~28-33 minutes at 325 degrees.

binkie1428 Says... 2011-11-17 10:41:29

Thank you for this recipe, i was looking for a good vegan one. It was mentioned that this cake could be turned into a strawberry, pumpkin, lemon caramel cake. can somebody please tell me how and how much of these ingredients i need to put in the batter.

Thank you so much

hbarberycakes Says... 2012-02-13 19:51:55

My little girl's birthday party is this weekend and she just changed her flavor to strawberry. How do you make this a strawberry recipe?

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