Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wacky Cake

During the Great Depression following WWI, out of necessity, someone figured out how to make a moist and delicious cake without eggs, milk, or butter, because those ingredients were expensive and hard to get.  With today's rising cost of groceries, maybe now is a good time to bring this cake back to our kitchens.  And, we don't even need a mixing bowl.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 T. distilled white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
 2 cups cold water

Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into an ungreased 9 x 13 cake pan.  Make three wells.  Pour oil into one well, vinegar into the second, and vanilla into third well.  Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.   Dust with powdered sugar.