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Kathy P's Wacky Cake


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 Recipe Information  
Category: Cakes
Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara

Kathy P's Wacky Cake

 

 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


 Directions  
Preheat oven to 350 °F.

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.


 Notes  
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.


 Substitutions  
Vanilla: Omit cocoa. Double amount of vanilla.

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

Orange: Omit cocoa and 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 Gluten-Free 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 Flour Mix for Wacky Cake:

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)

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.


 This recipe is free of:
 Milk  Peanut  Egg  Soy  Tree nut
 Gluten  Wheat  Fish  Shellfish  Sesame


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Comments (2) -

Bless you, Kathy! You have given me cake! We found out a month ago that my one year old daughter is allergic to the Top 8 allergens, among other things. I'm still nursing her so we both went on an allergen free diet, and I have to admit, I was really missing cake. I tried and failed making vanilla cupcakes from another recipe. Then I found this one (the chocolate cake) and made it with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour (using your advice to add an extra 1/4 cup), and the cake came out great! I baked it in a square 8x8 pan. For icing I poured on some Enjoy Life chocolate chips after the cake came out of the oven. When they were melted I spread around the chocolate with a knife - perfect icing, both warm and later at room temp. Thank you so much for giving me cake again. My outlook on life has improved greatly!

Kathy P - KFA Admin 7/23/2015 4:54:39 PM

Yay for cake!  I'm glad the recipe works well for you.  As a nursing momma on a restricted diet, it's the little treats that can be so important!  

Be sure to check out our on-line community forums as well to connect w/ other parents going through the same day to day struggles as you are - http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/

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