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Looking for a delicious egg-free and dairy-free cake to make for your family? This simple Chocolate Egg Free Cake Recipe or Wacky Cake is one of our family’s favorites!
Chocolate Egg Free Cake Recipe
Our family has been enjoying this delicious chocolate cake for many years now. It’s our go-to recipe for birthdays and other special occasions! It’s very inexpensive because the ingredients are cheap and easy to find. But this cake is so perfectly moist and fluffy. You would never guess it’s eggless, vegan, and dairy free!
This cake has full chocolate flavor, but it’s also known as Wacky Cake or WWII Cake. During the great depression and the second world war, many recipes were made without baking staples such as eggs, butter, and milk which were expensive or hard to get.
Women tried to feed their families with as little money and resources as possible. While there are varying recipes for Depression Cake or Wacky Cake on the internet, this is the one that I’ve been making for a long time with great success. If you prefer, it can also be a good base recipe to add spices or other additions to change the flavor.
I admire those women from the Depression Era (my grandmothers and their mothers included!). They had a skill that we are so lacking in our country today. They could make something out of nothing and were determined to preserver and provide the best they could for their family, no matter what.
Ingredients in Chocolate Egg Free Cake
- All Purpose Flour. You can also use All Purpose Gluten Free Flour.
- Sugar. I use plain cane sugar in this recipe but believe it could be replaced with equal amounts of coconut sugar or monk fruit sweetener.
- Cocoa Powder. If you use cocoa powder often, you should buy it in bulk.
- Salt. I use sea salt or pink salt, whatever I happen to have on hand.
- Baking Soda. Find 75 more uses for baking soda here.
- Vanilla Extract. I use Homemade Vanilla Extract but you can use store-bought as well.
- Oil. Use mild vegetable oil in this recipe. This is essentially your “egg replacer”. You could also use an equal amount of applesauce if you want to skip the oil.
- Water. This recipe does not need to use milk or non-dairy milk because it uses water instead! If you are worried about how this will effect the flavor, don’t be.
- Vinegar. You can use white or apple cider vinegar. This helps to provide the acid in the cake to set off the baking soda.
Frosting Ideas for the Chocolate Cake Recipe
If you need a simple cream cheese frosting for this. You can mix 8 oz cream cheese, 1 Tablespoon cocoa, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, and a few drops of vanilla. Make sure the cake is cooled off before you frost it.
You could also frost it with a simple chocolate ganache if you have cream or frozen heavy cream that you can use.
Some other yummy frosting recipes you could use with this cake recipe are:
- Cream Cheese Chocolate Frosting
- The Best Cream Cheese Frosting
- Homemade Whipped Cream Recipes
- Strawberry Frosting
- Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe
For the simplest topping, just sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Variations and Additions to the Egg-Free Chocolate Cake
Bake in 2 round cake pans to make a layer cake.
Bake in lined cupcake pans for chocolate cupcakes.
Add chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, or butterscotch chips to the cake batter for a little different flavor.
Cut the recipe in half and bake in an 8×8 baking dish for a smaller serving size.
Add in chopped nuts.
Give the cake even more flavor by replacing part of the water with brewed coffee.
Why Egg Free Cake?
Eggless Chocolate Cake is perfect if you are looking for a frugal dessert recipe without any expensive ingredients. It’s also great for times when you are out of eggs and milk or during an egg shortage.
What is the Binder for Eggless Cake?
The binder in this eggless cake recipe is the oil.
What Can I Substitute for Eggs in a Cake?
Depending on the recipe, you can substitute aqua faba, gelatin powder, applesauce, banana, or nut butter in the cake in place of eggs. Obviously, some of these will change the flavor of your cake so it’s something to think about before you make that substitution.
Instructions for Making Wacky Cake
In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together until there are no more lumps in the batter mixture.
Pour into an ungreased 9×13 pan and bake at 350F in the oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you are concerned about it sticking to the cake pan, line the pan with parchment paper first. Do not grease or the cake will become too oily.
Let it cool in its own cake tin before frosting.
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Chocolate Egg Free Cake Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2/3 cup oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon Vinegar
Mix all ingredients together until there are no more lumps. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 pan and bake at 350F for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
How to Store Leftover Eggless Chocolate Cake
Any leftover chocolate cake should be stored in an air tight container so that it doesn’t dry out. It can be stored on the countertop or in the fridge.
Extra cake or cupcakes can also be frozen. Just place them in a freezer container or a heavy duty freezer bag (in individual pieces) and freeze until you are ready to enjoy. Make sure the cake is cool before freezing. Hot cake will form ice crystals and ruin the texture and taste of the cake. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying again.
Gluten-Free Egg-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
If you need to make this recipe gluten-free, replace the flour with All Purpose Gluten Free Flour.
We’ve made it like this many times, in fact, it’s one of the recipes in my gluten free ebook, Frugal Gluten Free. If you are looking for more gluten free baking recipes, I highly recommend checking it out!
Our Tips and Tricks for Making Eggless Chocolate Cake
- This is a very simple, good beginner’s recipe. It’s wonderful to make it with the kids or let them make it on their own!
- I always used to make this recipe in cake form, and then I changed to making it in cupcakes. Why? Because they freeze so much better! We make the whole recipe, put it in a cupcake pan, and freeze all extras so we can enjoy for future desserts without any work.
- Make sure your oven is at temperature before starting the timer. Your time for the cake to finish baking might differ from mine since I’m at a higher elevation. Test the cake to see if a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean before removing it from the oven. Gluten-Free cakes may need to be baked longer.
Do you have experience with egg-free, dairy-free baking? Have you tried this recipe?
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This Chocolate Egg Free Cake Recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in April 2011. It has been updated as of February 2023.