Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wacky Cake with Chocolate Glaze

*Today, I am dusting off this recipe because it is my friend's bridal shower! Mailed out with the invitation was a recipe card to fill out with a (family) recipe to share. Of course, I wanted my recipe to be vegan, but I DID want it to be one she would actually consider making.  This is the one I shared:

I think almost every vegan has a Wacky Cake recipe up their sleeve. For those of you that don't know, WACKY CAKE is "wacky" because it's a chocolate cake, made without any milk or eggs. Recipes such as this one came to be during the Great Depression, where ingredients such as milk and eggs were extremely had to come by, and often too expensive for the average family. The "lift" in this cake comes from the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar. 

I found this recipe buried in a random website, labeled as the BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER" and it just so happens to be vegan. The chocolate glaze totally makes this recipe, so do yourself a favor and try it at least once. Cake IS still amazing in its own, dusted with some powdered sugar. I added in the "optional" extracts that I use when making the cake too. They really add a great flavor.

THE Best Wacky Cake with Chocolate Glaze

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar or 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

For the Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons margarine (I use Earth Balance vegan margarine)
2 tablespoons soymilk or 2 tablespoons almond milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a square cake pan (mine's 9x9) with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a whisk, making sure it is blended together well.
  4. In a large measuring cup add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and whisk to combine.
  5. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix batter until blended together well.
  6. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.
  7. Pour batter into cake pan, place in oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a rack completely.
  9. For the glaze: in a small saucepan, bring sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa to a boil.
  10. Stir frequently; then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  11. Remove from heat and stir for another 5 minutes.
  12. Add vanilla and almond, if using, stir, and immediately pour onto cake.
  13. The glaze will begin to dry really quickly, so if it doesn't cover the whole cake (mine usually does) spread the glaze to the edges quickly, before it dries.
  14. If you like, top with sprinkles, and let cool for a hour.


  1. I've made this cake several times; it is so good! :) I like it enough plain, but I should probably try it with the frosting sometime; it looks great!

  2. The cake you made for your friend's shower looks beautiful. Hope she loved it :)