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.
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
- 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 vanillaIn 3rd hole, 5 Tbsp butterPour 1 cup of water over whole thing. Beat well with a spoonBake 30 Minutes at 350° F
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