I wonder if this cake was named after me? I try to participate in Ca-Joh-Fridays Feast each week. Every month he has different topics for us to share recipes on and since we have Mother's Day in May he has ask that we share some of our Mother's recipes.
Now my Mom was a great cook, however like most Mom's in her era there were not many "written down recipes". It was mostly a handful of this, a pinch of that, etc. I do remember this cake that we all loved and it was so easy she let us make it, and of course we loved the name, Wacky Cake.
This cake does not call for a frosting, but feel free to frost away.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons melted shortening (not not use oil)
1 cup water
Sift together three times, very important, the first 5 ingredients, place in an 8 x8-inch baking dish or pan. Then make three holes in the flour mixture. In one put the teaspoon vinegar, in second put 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and in third put 5 tablespoons melted shortening. Over all of this pour 1 cup water. Mix well.
Bake at 350 degrees F.for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on rack. Serve plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar. Frost if you like.
I find this cake is much better made a day before serving.
Let the kids make this!