Wacky Cake (Eggless Chocolate Cake)

Just when I finished congratulating myself for not gaining any weight over the holidays we had a belated birthday dinner a few nights ago for my brother and Evan and there are were two different kinds of ice cream in the freezer along with some leftover holiday chocolate. Oh well. I went for a run today (the fact that I even mentioned it gives you a clue as to how novel that is). Does it still count if I only really ran for about 5 minutes before I needed to walk? Probably better than just wearing my workout gear around the house all day, right? Good thing I work from home.

Wacky cake, if you didn’t know, is an old recipe…believed to be from WWII when ingredients like eggs and milk were rationed.  But since eggs and milk are common allergens, it works well for the allergic set too. Cakes without eggs can tend to be crumbly so I use milk (usually 1% because we have it around but it would probably be even better with whole milk) and melted butter instead of the vegetable oil from the original recipe as I think it makes it a bit more substantial.

It doesn’t rise too much so it’s better as a layer cake if it’s for a birthday. (And mine sunk in the middle but my oven is old and doesn’t heat evenly). If it was to be brought to someone else’s place I’d have doubled the recipe to make two full layers. But since any leftovers would be hanging out in our kitchen (not for long I might add), I decided to use loaf pans, split the single recipe batter in half and make an oblong layer cake instead. It still tastes good even if it’s a different shape!

There are many variations of this recipe on the internet and I have no idea where I found the one I’ve adapted. Lots of them say to make 3 separate wells in the dry ingredients and pour the vanilla, water (milk) and oil (melted butter) in each but you don’t need to do that. Just mix the dry, mix the wet, pour wet into dry. Couldn’t be easier.

Eggless Chocolate Cake

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350

Sift all dry ingredients together and stir to blend well. I used the whisk attachment on my mixer so I’d have my hands free to get the wet ingredients together but you can use a fork or a hand whisk. In a 2 cup measure, melt the butter and then add the milk, vanilla and vinegar to it and stir well. The milk will start to curdle a bit but you want that. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. (Over-mixing doesn’t hurt this cake and I think it even helps). Pour into an 8″ pan (round or square) and bake for 35-40 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you want this to be vegan, substitute vegetable oil for the melted butter and use 1 c. water instead of milk.

6 thoughts on “Wacky Cake (Eggless Chocolate Cake)

  1. Hey Lisa,
    this is my family’s favourite classic birthday cake, and when I met my husband it turned out his family always made it too! His mom always did the ‘make in the pan’ method, making three wells in the dry ingredients then adding the wet: water, vinegar (white), and oil. I prefer to grease the pan and mix it all in a bowl. Along the way we have tried variations-my mom has added coffee, and we both like to add semi-sweet chocolate chips for extra chocolatey richness. This has become my definitive chocolate cake, and when done right it is so moist, and light and satisfying! Todd’s family would have it with whipped cream but I always like a buttercream icing, the simple kind with creamed butter, icing sugar and I add cocoa.

    • Hi Gudrun,
      Funny that both of your (non-allergic) families make this cake too! I agree, it’s really a great recipe. I’ve used coffee as well, a touch of cinnamon, chocolate chips…it’s all good! I used to use white vinegar (and still do for lots of other recipes in place of an egg), but tried the balsamic once on a whim and it turned out really well. I’ve sent this cake to school (as cupcakes) for my son’s class and they all loved it. I’m with you on the buttercream icing (unless I’m lazy or short on time and buy it premade)!

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    • Hey Stacie! You didn’t miss anything, this was one of my first posts. About a year ago. I haven’t written anything in almost 3 months. Wow. Work, computer issues and a general lack of that creative spark seem to be getting in the way. Thanks for checking in, I really appreciate it.

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