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Hello Knox submitted by Susan McAlpine

In our household, there is one chocolate cake recipe. A recipe without peer, for a cake that rises above all other cakes. A cake of great genius! A cake that never fails!   

There are many versions of this recipe floating around on the internet. It was developed during the Great Depression and requires no milk or eggs (you can make it for friends with egg allergies).  It’s flexible when it comes to oil/shortening, and you don’t need chocolate on hand to make it.  

Did I mention?  It’s a 1-pan cake, too. Mix, bake and serve in your best-looking heat-proof glass pan. No need to grease the pan, and only minimal clean-up needed. Why would you ever make a chocolate cake mix again? 

Wacky Cake  

Sift into an ungreased 8” x 8” cake pan:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt  

Once sifted, make 3 dents in the ingredients. 

In first dent, put:

  • 1 tsp vanilla

In second dent:

  • 1 tbsp of white or cider vinegar

In third dent:

  • put tbsp of vegetable oil, or melted butter / margarine / shortening  


Pour over all with 1 cup of warm water.  Mix with a dinner fork.  Get right into the corners!  They can be tricky.  

Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes. 

Cool & ice, if desired.