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Chocolate Depression Cake - Wacky Cake

Depression Cake - Wacky Cake

A delicious retro chocolate cake recipe that uses no eggs! Mix it all in the baking dish.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 hole cake recipe, crazy cake recipe, depression chocolate cake, wacky cake recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton


  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Cooled Coffee or Water I use 1/2 and 1/2


  • In an ungreased 8"x8" baking dish, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and cocoa powder. Whisk together.
  • Make 3 small wells in the mix. Add the oil to one, vinegar to another, and vanilla to the third.
  • Pour the coffee (or water) over and gently whisk together just until combined.
  • Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in dish on a wire rack.
  • Frost if desired (the original had no frosting, but we like this Easy Chocolate 1 Minute Icing recipe).
  • Cut into 9 squares and serve.


Calories: 246kcal