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Wacky Cake slice on a white plate

Wacky Cake

Wacky cake is a moist chocolate cake made in one bowl without eggs or butter. Top with chocolate frosting for the ultimate easy dessert!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 16



  • 1 ½ c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • ¼ c cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 c hot coffee or hot water

Chocolate Frosting (or use a pre-made tub of chocolate frosting!) :)

  • c salted butter
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoon milk


For the Cake

  • Grease an 8x8" pan and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla and hot water.
  • Whisk until well-combined and pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick pressed into the center of the cake comes back mostly clean. Let cool.

For the Frosting

  • Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth.
  • Add the cocoa, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk.
  • Mix until combined and smooth, adding additional milk if needed.
  • Spread over the cooled cake.
Keyword chocolate cake, wacky cake
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