Crazy Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Frosting


Crazy Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Learn how to make Depression-Era chocolate cake (also known as "Wacky Cake")!

Crazy Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Frosting
Crazy Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Frosting

"Harkening back to the Depression Era of the 1930s, this easy-to-make chocolate cake is, well, amazingly chocolatey!  With a couple of “secret” twists, every bite is sinfully rich – from the luscious and creamy sweetness of the homemade chocolate frosting to the moist and delicious cake – making this cake a chocolate-lovers dream.  My grandmother’s recipe, this eggless chocolate cake is a family favorite, handed down to each successive generation because it’s the only chocolate cake requested for family get-togethers."

Serves12 People

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time35 min

Cooking Vessel Size9" x 13" Baking Pan


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

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Can I swap out the vegetable oil for something else? I recently heard that corn oil was twice as healthy as olive oil, but I know unsweetened applesauce is even better for diabetics. I want to try this recipe, but I am trying to keep it as light as possible when I do.

Hi SissieSass, we haven't tried this recipe with applesauce, but it should work out fine. Enjoy! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes


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