Wacky Cake Recipe from One Bowl Baking

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Yvonne Ruperti, recipe developer extraordinaire, is tempting you into the kitchen with a uniquely simplified approach to baking.  ONE BOWL BAKING: Simple, from Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, shows how to create beautiful, delicious, and wholesome desserts from scratch using just one bowl.  Perfect for people who love the convenience and ease of a mix but want to do it with 100% homemade quality and gourmet results.

ONE BOWL BAKING is all about simplifying baking – not by using cake mixes, but by eliminating extra steps, extra appliances, and extra bowls.  No electric mixers, no food processors, or other fancy equipment required.  It’s for those who are busy, but still want to bake from scratch.  And most of the recipes can even be assembled and in the oven in 15 minutes or less.  Some don’t even require a bowl – they’re mixed directly in the pan!

Like this Wacky Cake.  No eggs, no butter, no milk – just pure awesomeness.  I actually messed up another pan because I wanted complete individual portions so I made the recipe in my Good Cook Dessert Bar Pan, but it was simple and easy I had it whipped up in no time to indulge in for the first game of the Cowboys season.

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Makes a 9×9 inch cake

2 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


Make sure your oven rack is in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease/spray a 9×9 inch square pan.

Put the dry ingredients in the pan and mix until completely combined.  Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour the oil, vinegar and vanilla into it.

Drizzle the water over the whole pan, and then mix until completely combined.  Make sure the inside edges of the pan are cleaned off with a spatula. 

Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until just firm and a toothpick comes out of the center with moist crumbs.

Cool on a rack, serve warm or at room temperature.  Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

*NOTE – my Wacky Cup Cakes were are a little lighter in color than your cake will be because I didn’t quite have ⅔ cup left of cocoa in my pantry when making this (I remedied that by going to Sam’s Club this week

29 thoughts on “Wacky Cake Recipe from One Bowl Baking

  1. 5 minute chocolate cake? I am all about that. The whole book sounds like a great idea. One of the reasons I hate baking is because of all the mess, but one bowl I could handle.

  2. One bowl baking is truly the best isn't it? So easy to do and barely any mess (even for this messy baker). This book is deifentley is going on my Christmas list for this year.

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