One dish chocolate cake

    50 min

    A super-easy chocolate cake, which is perfect for birthdays. It's chocolately, moist and vegan-friendly! Top with your favourite icing, if desired.

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    Makes: 1 20x30cm cake

    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 55g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 475ml cold water
    • 2 teaspoons distilled malt vinegar
    • 150ml vegetable oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Mix all ingredients in a 20x30cm dish.
    2. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

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    This recipe is terrible! I should have known - there are no eggs in the recipe! The cake tasted like a runny sugar and coco water mixture. Very plain, one dimensional and simple. Don't be fooled by the name "crazy chocolate cake". The cake was not rich nor moist. In fact, it took long to bake and even then it appeared uncooked in the middle (sort of like a brownie consistency, but minus the chocolaty-richness). If someone baked this for my birthday I'd throw it at them.  -  22 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a recipe that has been passed down in my family as well. It's called 'crazy cake' because it's made without eggs and butter. It became popular during War Rations because it didn't use eggs or butter. Our family recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of salt and 3/4 c. oil. It makes a FANTASTICly chocolatey cake (and trust me, you can't taste the vinegar). If you're making a layer cake, I'd use less oil, as the 3/4 c. makes a very soft and tender cake that won't hold up outside a pan. We top our crazy cake with a boiled chocolate p'nut butter frosting (fudgy!) or with cool whip and a variety of crushed up chocolate candies...but it's way yummy just right out of the pan with nothing on it!  -  07 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    i was a little nervous about making this cake after reading such extreme contrasting views - i decided that i'd go for it, hoping that the raving reviews would reflect my opinion. so i started to bake this cake for my husbands birthday party - after i had the batter in the cake pan and ready to go into the oven i realized that there wouldn't be enough for all of the party guests so i hauled out my ingredients again and made another batch. here's the interesting part. i found that the first batch had a cookie dough consistancy vs. a cake batter consistancy but the second time around it was like a typical cake batter. my conclusion is that i must have missed adding something in the first batch because the first cake was: 1. baked in only 20 minutes 2. very dry 3. very flavorless. Yikes!! BUT.. The second cake was AMAZING living up to every positive review I read... so my advice is to: 1. carefully follow the directions and 2. don't give up if the first cake is a dud.  -  08 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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