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“AKA Depression or War Cake. Found here: /2013/03/tried-true-tuesday-crazy-cake-no-eggs.html”
6 pieces

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.
  3. Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool. Top with your favorite frosting. Enjoy!
  4. Note: Oven cooking times may vary, be sure to check your cake to make sure you do not over bake.
  5. TIPS You can double this recipe, just use a 9x13 baking pan.
  6. You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing. Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients. Don't forget to grease your pan. You can also make cupcakes - be sure to adjust baking time.
  7. Many have shared that this recipe is great served warm or cold with just sprinkling powdered sugar on top!
  8. A sweet reader, Lesley, shared photos of her Layered Crazy Cake and Cupcakes. Thank you, Lesley, so thoughtful for you to share with all of us!
  9. For the layered cake, she greased her pan and used baking paper (parchment paper) on the bottom. She didn't double the recipe, just cut the cake into a layer.
  10. For the cupcakes, she made a dozen using her muffin tin and cupcake liners. The cupcakes were baked at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes (Oven cooking times vary).

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