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Featured Allergy-Free Recipe: Milk-free Egg-free Wacky Cake

Allergy-Free Dessert Recipe: Kathy P's Wacky Cake
Recipe Information  
Category: Cakes
Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara
  • Ingredients  
  • 1 1/2  cup  flour (see below for gluten-free options)
    3  Tbsp  cocoa powder (optional)
    1  cup  sugar
    1  tsp  baking soda
    1/2  tsp  salt
    1  Tbsp  vinegar
    5  Tbsp  oil
    1  tsp  vanilla
    1  cup  water
  • Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350F.

    Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

    Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to combine.

    Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until you get a smooth batter. Do not beat.

    Pour into greased and floured pan (8" square or 9" round) or 12 cupcakes. Bake in oven until tests done - about 35 minutes for cake, about 20 minutes for cupcakes.
  • Comments  
  • Wacky Cake is a classic recipe from the Depression era because of the rationing of butter and eggs. The original recipe I saw mixed it right in the pan. You mix the dry ingredients, make 3 holes and pour the wet ingredients in. You can not screw this up. I even accidentally left out the oil one time and they were still OK - a bit dense, but OK. I've made it in several versions and even gluten-free.

    The vinegar cannot be omitted, unless another acid ingredient (see below for orange or lemon alternative flavors) is substituted, since the acid is crucial to making this rise.
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  • Substitutions  
  • Vanilla: omit cocoa. Double amount of vanilla.

    Spice: omit cocoa. Add 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice.

    Orange: omit cocoa & vinegar. Substitute orange juice for the water.

    Lemon: omit cocoa. Substitute lemon juice for vinegar. Some lemon extract can be added.

    Gluten Free: Substitute 1 3/4 cups GF Flour Mix for wheat flour. Add 1 tsp xanthan gum. Works well with Kathy P's All Purpose Rice Flour Mix.

    Others have used the following rice free sorghum blend:
    1 cup sorghum flour
    1/2 cup potato or cornstarch
    1/4 cup tapioca starch

    If you prefer using bean flours, you can also use:
    3/4 cup sorghum flour
    1/4 cup bean flour (garbanzo)
    1/2 cup potato or cornstarch
    1/4 cup tapioca starch

    From Lynn in Denver at 5280ft ... my wacky cake cupcakes were delicious but a bit flat and even sunken, so I dug out my cookbooks to read up on baking at high altitude, and based on that info made the following adjustments to the recipe:

    1) reduced the baking soda to 3/4 teaspoon
    2) reduced the sugar by a couple tablespoons
    3) increased the baking temperature to 375 degrees
    4) reduced the baking time a couple minutes (cupcakes I do about 18 min)
     This recipe is free of:
     Milk  Peanut  Egg  Soy  Tree nut  Corn
     Gluten  Wheat  Fish  Shellfish  Sesame  

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