Easy Chocolate Cake

Otherwise known as "Wacky Cake," this World War II-era confection was innovated from basic pantry staples—without requiring any butter, eggs, or milk. Just throw all of the ingredients in a bowl, stir, and bake. The result is an incredibly moist and delicious chocolate treat that can be assembled in minutes (even with the help of toddlers!). Dusted with confectioner's sugar, this cake makes for a gratifying dessert or with tea in the afternoon. We love topping it with a few berries, if in season. It never lasts more than a day in our house, but you can keep the cake in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.

Makes 8 Servings - 18¢ per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil (canola or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • * 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • * 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar (for dusting the top)