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Chocolate Frosted Wacky Cake

This Frosted Chocolate Wacky Cake is so special. It’s dairy and egg free and still tastes outrageous. For an added bonus, I added a creamy chocolate frosting made two different ways. Check out this easy recipe and pick your favorite frosting. Enjoy the chocolate deliciousness!
Course Chocolate Cake, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Frosting, Depression Cake, Wacky Cake
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Pam


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch processed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar or, if not making frosting, use 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, I used avocado oil, canola works well too
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

Frosting Ingredients - Two Options

  • 4 tbsp butter or vegan margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch processed
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • tbsp milk or cream of choice, for vegan, use coconut or almond milk1-2
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea or kosher salt


  1. 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray an 8 X 8 inch square pan and set aside.

    2.In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients with a whisk.

    3.In a measuring cup, add all liquid and pour into dry. Start our by mixing with a whisk. Then, use a rubber spatula to scrape sides and dig deep to incorporated all dry into wet until well combined. Let batter sit for just 5 minutes on the counter.

    4.Pour into prepared pan. Smooth out with spatula.

    5.Bake from 28 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched on top and a toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs. Try not to over bake.

    6.Let cool completely. In that time make your frosting.

    7.In a medium to large mixing bowl, add melted butter, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Mix with spatula then switch over to a hand held mixer. Add one tablespoon of milk along with the sugar. Mix on low until all is combined. If needed add more milk. Mix until nice and creamy. Spread on cooled cake. Cut into nice squares and ENJOY!