How To Make The Great Depression Cake Called Crazy Cake (Recipe Uses No Milk, Eggs or Butter)
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Make this frugal, but fantastic cake that tastes amazing and made with no butter, eggs or milk!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American from the Great Depression Era
Serves: 12
  • 1½ Cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup sugar (All purpose sugar - Granulated Pure Cane Sugar)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup water
  1. Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 9x13 baking pan, or any pan that you have room to make the depressions for the wet ingredients.
  2. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.
  3. Pour water over all and mix well until smooth. You can bake in this pan or transfer to any size you would like, including round.
  4. Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool.
  5. Top with your favorite frosting.
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe by The Thrifty Couple at