Cheap Chocolate Cake

    40 min

    This is a recipe for hard times - it doesn't require milk or eggs but it still turns out quite moist and delicious.

    196 people made this

    Makes: 1 cake

    • 200g plain flour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 250ml water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / Gas 4.
    2. Mix flour, sugar, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa together in a 8x20cm ungreased cake tin. Make three wells or holes. Pour oil into one, vinegar into the second one, and vanilla into the third. Pour water over the top and stir well with fork.
    3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Dust with icing sugar.

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    Delicious and easy cake! I only make this recipe now- I sometimes omit the cocoa for a plain white cake or add some grated/chopped apples and cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves for an apple spice version. 2 thumbs up!  -  24 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'm making this in the form of cupcakes for my daughter's 1st birthday party. She is allergic to milk and eggs. So this is perfect! I did a trial run last night and these taste just like regular cake to me and my husband. Not so with some other recipes I've been trying... The recipe makes about 15 cupcakes. They baked for 25 min at 375. Came out just perfect. I used Pillsbury's cream cheese icing to frost them. It's milk and egg free too. Who would have thought? Thanks so much for this recipe. I'm sure it will be a hit this weekend!!!  -  08 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Oh my goodness!! This recipe is amazing. I couldn't find my wacky cake recipe, so I went online to see what I could find. BETTER then the recipe I used to use. This is definately a keeper. MANY MANY comliments. Made this cake for my mom's birthday. You have to make this cake with an almond extract icing. Icing sugar, margerine, a little milk and some almond extract. Make the icing first, then add a little almond extract at a time until desired taste is reached. WOW!  -  14 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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