Wacky Cake Recipe — Easy Chocolate Cake

This moist chocolate Wacky Cake recipe is basically a simple vegan recipe that’s been around for nearly a hundred years! If you’re into chocolate, you’ll love this light and fluffy goofy cake that’s topped with a rich, indulgent, wacky cake frosting! See below for wacky cake variations like peanut butter and more.

A slice of vegan chocolate wacky cake sits on a plate with a bowl of chocolate frosting behind it and the rest of the cake.
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We are loving this Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake because it’s rich and delicious, but oh-so-easy to make. If you haven’t guessed by now, I love a good chocolate cake.

What is a Wacky Cake?

When my mom first started talking about Wacky Cake I was like, Wahhh??? Or, actually, I might have been a little more like, yeah, yeah, whatevs. But then one day my mom gave me her old recipe book, the one she’s been using for years. And then I started flipping through it and sure enough, there was a recipe for Wacky Cake and there it just so happens to be vegan!

This a Depression Cake because it’s been around since the Great Depression of the early 1900s. People didn’t always have access to milk and cream and eggs, so they made do. My mom tells me how sometimes for Christmas they’d get an orange and that was really special.

It certainly makes me look at the oranges I eat differently. We have so much to be thankful for.

Anyway, my mom and I took that recipe from her book and adapted it a little bit.


I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make this wacky cake chocolate. No mixers, exotic ingredients, or even egg replacers. Just mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another bowl and then combine them together and, Eureka! You’ve got a rich, moist, and delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake!

You could also create variations of the Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake by adding:

  • Chocolate chips could turn this into a Double Chocolate Cake
  • Chopped Walnuts to add a little extra flavor and crunch
  • Peanut Butter frosting could turn this into a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Personally, a cake has to have amazing frosting to make my list, so I was sure to add this to the recipe as well. But if you want to skip that step, you can always just give it a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Also, I used coconut oil in this Chocolate Wacky Cake recipe, but you can use vegetable oil in place of that if you can’t find coconut oil.

Serve this with Vegan Chocolate Frosting, or it makes delicious cakes without frosting too! However, I think a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the top is a nice touch.

Love Vegan Cake Recipes?

Sure you love this chocolate wacky cake recipe. But doesn’t that leave you wanting more vegan cake recipes? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Looking down on a round chocolate wacky cake with a slice cut and ready to be removed. A stack of forks sit beside it along with more chocolate frosting in a bowl.

We hope you love this Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake as much as we do. If you decide to make this cake, snap a photo and use #namelymarly on Instagram or even Snapchat (I’m @namelymarly there). We love seeing your photos!

Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake - a super simple, delicious chocolate cake that will leave you ready for another slice of this delicious chocolate dessert.

Chocolate Wacky Cake Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Wacky Cake – a super simple, delicious chocolate cake that will leave you ready for another slice of this delicious chocolate dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Wacky Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar or Chocolate Frosting (see below for topping


  • Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a round cake pan with vegetable spray. You can also place a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the pan and spray the sides with vegetable oil.
  • Combine in a large mixing bowl the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • In a smaller bowl combine the vegetable oil, water, vinegar and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar or top with Chocolate Frosting*


*Make chocolate frosting by combining 2 tablespoons vegan butter, 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Stir to combine. It will be crumbly. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla-flavored plant-based milk. Stir to combine. Continue adding 1 teaspoon of plant-based milk at a time until you get a spreadable consistency.

No eggs cakes recipes are pretty amazing! Here are some other delicious vegan chocolate cakes to try:

Whatever cake you’re polishing off, enjoy!

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