What’s baking? Wacky Cake and Mock Whipped Cream Icing

When I was a kid, we didn’t have baked goods that often.

Clearly we were missing out, because now as a parent, I LOVE to bake! I was chatting with my Mum the other day and she told me that she had made a Wacky Cake. I remember eating this when I was a kid and it was soooooo good! Especially when you kept it in the fridge. The icing stiffened up like butter and was amazing when you took a bite!

Wacky Cake, Crazy Cake or Depression Cake is a type of cake that was commonly made during the Great Depression. The ingredients include little or no milk, sugar, butter or eggs, because the ingredients were then either expensive or hard to obtain. It’s super moist and über yummy!

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

1-1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
3 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ square baking pan.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Oven baking times will vary, so check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool.

Mock Whipped Cream Icing


1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk or half & half
2 tablespoons boiling water


Beat butter & icing sugar together until light & creamy. Add milk slowly & keep beating. Add boiling water (must be boiling) little by little beating all the time.
Icing goes watery, keep beating for 5 minutes to thicken.
Flavour with vanilla.

Once the cake has cooled, top with the icing and place in the fridge. When the icing is firm, slice and enjoy!