Slice of wacky cake on a wooden cutting board

Wacky Cake

Easy wacky cake recipe 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 251kcal
Author I Heart Eating


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil*
  • 1 cup lukewarm water


  • Preheat 350 degrees F.
  • Place the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) in a bowl.
  • Make 3 small holes in the mixture.
  • Pour the vanilla in one hole, the vinegar in another and vegetable oil in another.
  • Pour water over the top, and whisk to combine. 
  • Pour into a lightly greased 8x8-inch metal baking pan. 
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan. 


*Can use a different type of oil. I also like melted coconut oil.
**Need a frosting recipe? I use my chocolate buttercream frosting.
***Nutrition values are estimates. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1.4mg