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Crazy Cake

This easy chocolate depression crazy cake comes together with common items from your pantry and brings a delicious taste of history to the modern dessert table.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Crazy cake, depression cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 235kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup water cold


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In an UNGREASED 8x8 pan add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Using a whisk stir together the ingredients right in the pan to kind of sift it all together.
  • Next using your fingers or a spoon make a good sized well in the middle and two smaller wells one on each side of the center well.
  • Place the vegetable oil in the center well.
  • Place the vinegar in a small well and the vanilla in the other small well.
  • Pour the cold water over all of the ingredients.
  • Using the whisk, stir until combined. You can also use a spoon to get into the corners and further mix until smooth. If there are bubbles in your batter, gently tap the pan on the countertop to release the bubbles.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven to cool completely before serving.
  • Ice with frosting or powdered sugar or plain.



You will need
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk or more if needed for desired consistency
Place the cocoa in a medium mixing bowl. Add the melted butter. Using a mixer mix together until smooth. Then add vanilla, powdered sugar and milk and mix until smooth beating for 2-3 minutes.
Recipe for both cake and frosting can be easily doubled for a 9x13 plan.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg