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Crazy Cake

Crazy Cake is a rich chocolate dessert that uses pantry-friendly ingredients. This easy-to-make, simplified cake is made without eggs or milk.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In an UNGREASED 8x8 pan add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Using a whisk stir together the ingredients right in the pan to kind of sift it all together.
  • Next using your fingers or a spoon make a good sized well in the middle and two smaller wells one on each side of the center well.
  • Place the vegetable oil in the center well.
  • Place the vinegar in a small well and the vanilla in the other small well.
  • Pour the cold water over all of the ingredients.
  • Using the whisk, stir until combined. You can also use a spoon to get into the corners and further mix until smooth. If there are bubbles in your batter, gently tap the pan on the countertop to release the bubbles.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven to cool completely before serving.
  • Ice with frosting or powdered sugar or plain.



  • This recipe can easily be doubled with a 9x13 pan.