Whacky Cake

Eggless Chocolate Cake|How to make

Chocolate Cake is a soft, moist, light and delicious cake made with a handful of ingredients.This cake is called the Wacky Chocolate Cake because it does not contain the usual ingredients like eggs, butter or milk.

Whacky Cake
Eggless Chocolate Cake

Why is this Chocolate cake, wacky?

The dictionary definition of Wacky means in “a slightly odd or peculiar way.”

This chocolate cake recipe uses no butter, eggs or milk and was very popular during the WWII when rationing of ingredients was most prevalent. Since the usual ingredients were missing in this recipe, yet it turned out deliciously soft and moist, this cake was called the “wacky cake”.

It is a quick and easy recipe, that even beginner’s can try and ensure success.

What are the ingredients used for making Chocolate cake?

Dry Ingredients

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar (Brown)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • Water
  • Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe

Eggless Chocolate Cake|How to make

Eggless Chocolate Cake|How to make

Recipe by Maya Shetty

Chocolate Cake is a soft, moist, light and delicious cake made with a handful of ingredients.This cake is called the Wacky Chocolate Cake because it does not contain the usual ingredients like eggs, butter or milk.

Course: CAKESCuisine: International
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  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

  • 1 tsp Baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar

  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1 cup Water

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil Olive Oil, Canola Oil are other choices

  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl sieve the dry ingredients one by one. This makes for a light fluffy cake since the flour is well aerated.
  • Next make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients one by one, adding water last.
  • Whisk the dry and wet ingredients gently and not too much to ensure the ingredients are mixed uniformly.
  • Next sprinkle some dry flour on to the cake pan, layer it with parchment paper and pour the runny cake mix gently into the cake pan. With the help of a wooden ladle, scrape the mix from the sides and add it to the cake pan.
  • Tap the cake pan gently on the kitchen counter a few times, to release any air bubbles.
  • Now bake the cake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, checking with a skewer to see if it comes out clean, indicating the cake is done.
  • Gently remove it from the oven and place the cake pan on a wire rack to cool for 8-10 minutes.
  • Next gently invert the cake pan on to the wire rack or a plate and allow it to cool further.
  • One can at this stage add a frosting if you so desire or just simply leave it plain, or sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on top along with some sprinkles as we did here in this recipe.The choice is yours.
  • Slice the cake and serve on a serving plates with fork. The cake tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

  • Amount Per ServingCalories2235
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 77g 119%
    • Saturated Fat 65g 325%
  • Sodium 2505mg 105%
  • Potassium 851mg 25%
  • Total Carbohydrate 373g 125%
    • Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
    • Sugars 216g
  • Protein 24g 48%

  • Calcium 25%
  • Iron 72%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Can I use wheat flour instead of All purpose flour for this recipe?

The addition of wheat flour makes the cake more dense when compared just using only All Purpose Flour. If you plan to use wheat flour add 2-3 tbsp more of water in the recipe.

Can I use milk instead of water for making this cake?

Yes, you can use milk, just like adding wheat to the recipe, addition of milk makes the cake a little denser than normal.

Can I use butter instead of oil?

The addition of oil makes the cake mix more runny, which in turn makes the cake light and moist, unlike the addition of butter which will result in a more denser cake.

Why do you add vinegar in a chocolate cake?

Vinegar makes cake batter more acidic; the acidity, in turn, causes the proteins in the flour to set the cake as it bakes. This results in a cake that is fluffy yet still moist.

The Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)it works along with the baking powder to add some fluff, while making this cake.

What makes cake moist?

Sugar is hygroscopic, which means that it both attracts water and holds onto it, leading to a moist cake. If you reduce the necessary amount of sugar in a recipe, you’re also decreasing the cake’s ability to retain moisture.

The Bottom Line

Now that Valentine’s Day is here, how would you like your chocolates? How about trying them in our Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe this year?

Whacky Cake
Eggless Chocolate Cake

Go on give it a try and let us know how it turned out for you in the comments section below. We are certain, this will be included in your family’s favorite dessert recipes once you try our recipe.

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Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
3 years ago

This sounds delicious!

3 years ago

5 stars
I remember my mom talking about “whacky cake”. I don’t remember whether she actually made it or now. I will have to try this. I pinned it. Thanks.

Cindy Moore
Cindy Moore
3 years ago

I grew up loving my mom’s wacky cake! Now both of us enjoy a vegan wacky cake. It’s hood too!

Melissa Jones
3 years ago

Great idea!

3 years ago

This has chocolate so it is a must try! Yum!

3 years ago

Looks like a great recipe! I have had to make a couple vegan chocolate cakes for clients, and its always tricky getting a good recipe that tastes like the “regular” cakes.

Suz @ TravelsWithSuz.com

Sounds incredible!

Sabrina DeWalt
3 years ago

This sounds really interesting. I’ll have to give it a shot.

Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life
Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life
3 years ago

I love an eggless cake and this one looks delicious!

3 years ago

Very helpful giving the “can I use…instead of…” tips! Looks yummy!

3 years ago

That cake looks so decadent! I am looking forward to trying it out!

Tiffany Smith
Tiffany Smith
3 years ago

This is great! We are trying to do less dairy 🙂

Dawn Troxell
Dawn Troxell
3 years ago

I’ve never heard of an “eggless” cake before! It’s got to be delicious though – It’s chocolate!

Sandi Barrett
Sandi Barrett
3 years ago

Interesting recipe, I’m not much of a cake eater, but I never considered making one without eggs.

heather J Jandrue
3 years ago

This chocolate cake sounds so good! My bridal shower cake was flourless. It was delicious. I will have to check this recipe out.

3 years ago

This sounds so interesting!

3 years ago

Eggless chocolate cake will be a great birthday cake for my nephew with egg allergy. Copying this recipe

Tammy Horvath
3 years ago

Can you taste the apple cider vinegar since it is pretty potent stuff? Otherwise, it sounds delicious. https://tammyhorvath.com/blog

Tricia Snow
Tricia Snow
3 years ago

5 stars
You had me with butter as an ingredient. I love any baking recipe that uses butter over oil.

3 years ago

This reminds me of a depression cake recipe my mom used to make! <3