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Cocoa Cake

THIS CAKE is so moist it doesn't need frosting. I simply sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. It's my favorite dessert to bring for potlucks, and there's never a piece left to take home! -Beulah Sak, Fairport, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Using a spoon, make 3 wells in the dry ingredients. Pour oil into the first, vinegar into another and vanilla into the third. Slowly pour water over all. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined (batter will be thin).
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Editor's Note: Pieces of cake can be wrapped individually and frozen for a quick dessert.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 242 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


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  • Ann Niee
    Jan 30, 2021

    I tried twice but twice also got a taste of flour why ?

  • Stefanie
    Jul 27, 2020

    I'm loving this recipe. The batter is so smooth. Love not using eggs, butter or milk, now I can lick the spoon! I heated up Red Plumb Jam and drizzled it on top of the batter and it turned out so yummy.

  • Daphne
    May 29, 2020

    Add more cocoa and frost it - this is the Wacky cake recipe - google it.

  • Heavens_IL
    May 21, 2020

    Nice to have a cake recipe that doesn't use eggs, butter or milk. I've made this many times and I find I can cut the sugar down to 3/4 cup and it's still great,

  • Poppy
    May 6, 2020

    Great easy fast traybake

  • Amanda
    Apr 5, 2020

    I have never been able to bake right. I would follow recipes and they just wouldn't turn out right. Until this recipe. It came out perfect. It is so easy and delicious. It was definately a hit with the family and will be my go to for sharing.

  • smerts
    Mar 7, 2020

    My mom would make this cake and call it 'Wacky Cake.' It is very good and so easy to make.

  • Inaaya
    Jan 8, 2020

    best vegan cake ever !

  • Rebecca
    Feb 10, 2019

    Gonna eat a chocolate bar instead

  • Danielle
    Jan 29, 2019

    The best chocolate cake I've ever eaten. I doubled the cocoa powder and vanilla, but wow! Great for vegans.