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I wish I could tell you how many times I have made this chocolate cake recipe.  It has been in my family for years as it was my own Grandma’s recipe.  When I was a kid this was our go to recipe for a quick and easy dessert.  The great thing is you don’t really need to use anything other than a flour sifter and a pan.  The “wacky” part of this recipe is that it is mixed in the pan.  It’s super simple and super delicious.  You can choose to put a can of chocolate icing on top or make your own glaze or caramel sauce as I did for this presentation. 

Wacky Cake with Salted Caramel Topping

I made this cake a lot when I was a kid.  My grandma wanted to make sure that I knew how to cook.  She was old fashioned in that she wanted to make sure that I can cook for my husband someday.  I think she would be proud if she saw all the cooking that I do on a daily basis.  Some of my best memories are cooking in the kitchen with her.  Most of the time, she would give me a little pie pan and some pie crust to play around with.  I remember the smell of her kitchen.  It was usually a smell of bacon frying in a pan or of bread yeast as she might have been making cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls for us to enjoy.  She also used to make a strawberry rhubarb pie that was absolutely divine. 

So, one of a few recipes I have from her is this Wacky Cake and it is always a crowd pleaser.  I hope someone out there might enjoy this vintage recipe. 

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Grandma’s Wacky Cake

A "wacky" way of making a chocolate cake from scratch with some simple ingredients and mixed in the pan.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, caramel, chocolate, pastry, salted caramel
Author: Kathy
Cost: $5.00


  • 13×9 pan, flour sifter, measuring cups, measuring spoons, wooden spoon


  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp dry cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp white vinagar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Cup water


  • Combine dry ingredients in a flour sifter in order given and sift into pan.
    Make 3 holes in flour mixture with a spoon.
    In 1st hole, 1 Tbsp Vinegar,
    In 2nd hole, 1 tsp vanilla
    In 3rd hole, 5 Tbsp butter
    Pour 1 cup of water over whole thing.
    Beat well with a spoon
    Bake 30 Minutes at 350° F


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