This Chocolate Wacky Cake is a delicious old-fashioned one-pan chocolate cake that contains no eggs, butter, or milk and is made completely with pantry staples! It’s totally wacky and vegan too!
Have you ever had Chocolate Wacky Cake before? It’s a really old recipe, and if you’ve had it before it’s probably because the recipe was passed on to your mother or grandmother at a church or community gathering decades ago.
Where Did The Name Come From?
Wacky Cake is believed to have come about in times of rationing during WWII, but it also called Depression Cake or Crazy Cake, which would date its creation a little earlier in America’s history, but either way, it was created when milk, eggs, and butter were scarce and people had to learn to adapt in the kitchen.
This cake is topped with the same faux ganache as my Chocolate Yogurt Cake which means even topped with a thick and indulgent icing, this cake doesn’t have any milk, eggs, or butter in it, and is totally a vegan cake too! This cake is perfect if you’re looking to only use pantry staples to make something sweet!
If you decide to omit the ganache topping, you can dust it with powdered sugar or drizzle in chocolate sauce. And if you do have the ingredients on hand, you could top it with my Cool Whip Ganache or Classic Chocolate Ganache as well.
One of the other reasons this cake gets is name is that of the way it’s prepped, right in the pan it’s baked in, but make sure to whisk it up good and get all the dry ingredients mixed in before baking. You can mix the ingredients together in a bowl if you wish and then add them to the pan.
- An 8-inch round cake pan – this cake conveniently makes just one layer which means it’s perfect what you want something small for a family dessert or as an addition to a dessert spread for the holidays.
- I highly recommend using a Bake Even Strip, this will help to ensure a relatively level cake once bakes and not one with a huge dome top.
- Cake tester to make sure that your cake is perfectly cooked before pulling out of the oven.
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Chocolate Wacky Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Use a nonstick 8-inch (round or square) cake pan, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make four wells in the mix.
- Add the wet ingredients into the wells and then whisk to combine, making sure all dry ingredients are mixed in.
- Bake for 32 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from the center of the cake.
- Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 30 minutes before inverting and removing from the pan. Top with ganache or a dusting of powdered sugar.
- To make the ganache, add the chopped chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each until melted. Usually, about 90 seconds works for me, once the chocolate has melted about 90% of the way, just continue to stir and the rest with melt without further microwaving.
- Whisk in the warm water a tablespoon or so at a time, whisking until smooth. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and top with sprinkles if desired. The ganache will slightly harden over time.