I was looking for a delicious, rich, moist chocolate cake recipe and decided to combine the AllRecipes.com Crazy Cake and Sweet Little Bluebird’s Chocolate Crazy Cake. For the icing I used the Best Chocolate Frosting recipe on AlllRecipes.com.
What makes this cake crazy? (Other than this crazy cook baking it for her crazy family?) It has no eggs, no butter, no milk, not even a bowl! Who ever heard of a cake without eggs or a bowl?
Who came up with this recipe? I read that it was developed during the Great Depression (which explains its other name of Depression Cake) because eggs, milk, and butter would have been in very short supply.
To verify this little trivia tidbit, I checked with my 85-year-old Mother-in-Law who grew up in the middle of Oklahoma during the depression. When she was a child, their resources were so tight that her Mother did not allow her to help bake because she was afraid some ingredients might be wasted and they could not afford to waste a single thing. They had to be extremely frugal with their resources to survive. We read about the Great Depression in history books. She lived it! So yes, she confirmed that eggs, milk, and butter would have been very limited; and her Mother had baked a cake similar to this.
Back then, baking a cake in this manner was out of necessity. Today it is called crazy! However, it is not crazy for those allergic to eggs or milk or to Vegans, who have also claimed this type of cake as their own. For all those who could not have regular cake before, let them eat cake….this crazy chocolate cake, that is.
Since I added walnuts to the cake, I thought it would be fun to change the name to Nutty, Wacky, Crazy Cake. So for all you wacky, crazy people in this world, this cake is for you! Yes. I’m talking to you!
Nutty Wacky Crazy Cake
- 1-1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Cup water
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix the first 5 ingredients (the dry ingredients) into a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
- With a spoon, make three depressions in dry ingredients.
- Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other, and the vegetable oil in the third.
- Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.
- Stir in the walnuts until evenly distributed.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes.
- Let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with your favorite frosting.
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