header print

Wacky Cake: No Eggs, Butter or Milk

This delicious chocolate cake requires no eggs, milk, butter, nor mixing bowls. You might be wondering how this can taste like cake, and like you, I had doubts until I tried it. It’s so easy to whip up. You don’t even have much washing up to do because no mixing bowls are used.

This recipe might seem perfect for the modern diet but in fact it was invented during the Great Depression when items like milk, butter and eggs were luxuries. Because of its old history, no electric mixers are needed either. The result is a delicious, and moist tasting cake. Perfect for everyone including those with egg or dairy allergies and vegans.



  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar all-purpose sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Grease an 8" square baking pan
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in the greased pan
  4. Make three depressions in the dry ingredient mix – two small sized and one large sized.
  5. Pour vinegar into one of the smaller depressions.
  6. Pour vanilla in the other small depression.
  7. Pour the vegetable oil into the larger depression.
  8. Pour the water over all of them.
  9. Mix the entire batter until it is smooth.
  10. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

Note: You can double the recipe using a 9" x13" pan.

h/t: sweetlittlebluebird
Sign Up Free
Did you mean:
Related Topics: recipe, cake, baking, do it yourself, chocolate
Sign Up Free
Did you mean: