Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crazy Cake

When I have a craving for a homemade chocolate cake; this is my "go to" recipe.  This recipe has been around for many decades and has a "history" there are several variations, but this is the only way I have made it.  It may actually be the first "Vegan" recipe.  During World War I when rations were scarce an ingenious mom devised this recipe for her child's birthday cake.  It is one of the most moist and simplest cakes I know of.  I hope you enjoy it and share the recipe and making it with your children.  Enjoy  : )   -Noni

2      cups sugar
3      cups flour
2      teaspoons baking soda
1/2   cup cocoa
1      teaspoon salt
2      cups cold water (I use 1 cup cold water and 1 cup cold strong instant coffee)
2      tablespoons vinegar
2      teaspoons vanilla
3/4   cup oil

Preheat the oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.  In a medium bowl; mix the remaining ingredients and add to the dry ingredients, stir with a wooden spoon until all lumps are gone, pour batter into a 9 X 13 baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

This cake is good served with a dollop of whipped cream, ice cream, frosting, or just plain.  It's still moist the following day (if it lasts that long).  Using coffee enhances the chocolate flavor.