I don’t remember where I found the recipe for wacky cake, but it’s an old one that dates back to the Depression. I like that it’s really easy to mix up and requires only 1 bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 8 X 8 pan or muffin pan. Or, preheat your waffle iron.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. It’s not necessary to use an electric mixer if you don’t have one.
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. oil
1 c. water
1/4 c. cocoa
1 T. vinegar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cupcakes will take about 20 minutes.
If you use the waffle iron, spray it and pour in the batter. My waffle iron is the Belgian kind, so it takes 3/4 c. The cake will be pretty soft when it’s done, so turn the waffle iron over to dump the cake waffle right onto a plate.
I love this frosting recipe that I got in college from my roommate. It’s so much tastier than the kind from the can!
Melt and stir together in a mixer:
1/4 c. butter
1/3 c. cocoa
Alternately add a little bit of each of the following until you have spreading consistency:
3 T. milk
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
(You may need to add a little extra milk to get the consistency right.)
Stir in and beat until fluffy:
1 t. vanilla
Spread the frosting over the cooled wacky cake.