Wacky Chocolate Cake


wacky chocolate cake with no eggs or dairy and it's all made in one pan but tastes like the most moist cake ever! ohsweetbasil.com


When I was younger I used to love looking through my mom’s old stuff from growing up. Her little white gloves that she wore to a dance, pictures from growing up, an old thimble, and a book of recipes, poems and letters from college. I loved it. I still love digging through the cedar chest and smelling that rich aroma and getting a feel for her life. I don’t know why but a recipe always stuck out to me, wacky chocolate cake.


This is the wackiest chocolate cake, no eggs or dairy and all made in the pan it's baked in but oh how we love it! ohsweetbasil.com


I don’t know why, maybe just the name, “wacky” stood out to me as a little girl, but because I’ve never eaten much cake (bring on the cookies) I didn’t take the time to make it and enjoy it. The older I’m getting the more cake is making an appearance in my life and when I asked my mom for the recipe I got even more excited that this cake is great if you have dairy allergies or are vegan AND it’s all made in one bowl! BOOYAH!


This is the wackiest chocolate cake, no eggs or dairy and all made in the pan it's baked in but oh how we love it! ohsweetbasil.com


Ok, I will say though, I think the cake sticks a little because it’s all stirred in the baking dish, but you can stir it in one mixing bowl if you prefer and then quickly dump it in. I like it best served warmed with chocolate frosting, but then again I also wear socks during the summer so I tend to like all things warm. It’s up to you!


What Can You Substitute for Eggs in Cake?

1 tablespoon of vinegar along with 1 teaspoon of baking soda can be substituted for 1 egg.

Both white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar can be used.

You can substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg.

Mashed Bananas, yogurt and silken tofu can also replace eggs in cakes.


Can You Use a Chocolate Cake Mix to Make Brownies?

Add 2 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil to a chocolate cake mix.

Mix on low until combined.

The batter will be very thick.

One cake mix will make 2 9×9 pans of brownies.


Can You Freeze Chocolate Cake?

To freeze cake, cool completely.

Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 4-6 months.


Wacky Chocolate Cake

This is the wackiest chocolate cake, no eggs or dairy and all made in the pan it's baked in but oh how we love it! ohsweetbasil.com
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Wacky Chocolate Cake

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: 500+ Best Dessert Recipes
Keyword: cake, chocolate, dairy free, dessert, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 9 pieces
Calories: 517kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour sifted
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 5 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Water

For Frosting

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream plus more if needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease an 8x8" baking pan.
  • Add the flour, sugar, soda, salt and cocoa powder and whisk well.
  • Make three holes in the dry ingredients and in one add vinegar, another add vanilla and the last the oil.
  • Pour the water over the top and quickly stir to combine.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes and remove from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes and frost while still barely warm.

For the frosting

  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, mix the butter, vanilla, and cream until smooth.
  • Add the salt, cocoa powder and powdered sugar and mix again, adding a little heavy cream if needed.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 80.5g | Protein: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 39.2mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 61.8g
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16 comments on “Wacky Chocolate Cake”

  1. It DOES work with gluten free floor. I add a teaspoon of cinnamon tho. It’s a go to recipe because we are gluten and dairy free.

  2. Just made this tonight and my husband is having a piece now. Loves it–he is a chocoholic! Only substitution I made was 1 tablespoon black cocoa for 1 tablespoon regular cocoa–but only in the cake. It is jet black! The frosting is wonderful as well. This will go into my regular file for sure!

  3. Just made this tonight. Only change I made was substituting 1 tablespoon black cocoa for 1 tablespoon of the regular cocoa. My husband is having a piece now and loves it. He’s a chocoholic! This will be added to my file as a winner!

  4. This is the same recipe I would make as a young girl growing up in Pleasant Grove.
    I love it! Brought back memories seeing it posted.
    Thanks! Going to bake it soon!

  5. We love wacky cake! My mom was allergic to eggs when she was younger so this is our family’s go to chocolate cake. It’s so yummy with peanut butter frosting!

  6. Your frosting looks scrumptious! I tried licking the screen but it didn’t work. Guess I’ll have to make some.

  7. Will it work with gf flour?

  8. 5 stars
    As soon as I saw that name, “Wacky Chocolate Cake”, I said I bet it’s the same recipe that my Mum made, and it was. But it was called a “Screwball Cake.” 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    wacky cake is SUCH a cool old timey recipe! I also love that it’s vegan and still looks SO moist!