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This freaking easy chocolate cake, also can be known as crazy cake, is literally freaking easy to make. No butter, no eggs, and no milk!

Today is Jason and I’s two year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been two years! Every time anyone asks us how long we’ve been married, saying “two years” sometimes makes me self-conscious because people always say, ‘pfft, you guys are still newlyweds.’ It’s honestly just a number. Why do people have to downplay the fact that we’ve been married “just two” years, you know? Just be happy for us!

Last year for our anniversary, we had just gotten back from Taiwan and we celebrated a week later at The Inn at Little Washington. Since our wedding anniversary falls on a Monday this year, we decided to keep it low-key and eat at a new Daniel Boulud restaurant in the city after work. Next weekend we’re going to brunch at a local restaurant that we love and I think that I’ll be having an event there later this year.

This freaking easy chocolate cake, also can be known as crazy cake, is literally freaking easy to make. No butter, no eggs, and no milk!

I’m sure you’ve seen this recipe floating around the web for a while, and I’m pretty sure that this cake recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in your family. My friend gave the recipe to me last year and said it was her grandmother’s. I had been meaning to make it but I just got around to it this year. I know, I’m bad.

I call this freaking easy chocolate cake because it really is. Most everyone knows this as the depression cake or crazy cake, but I’d rather not have that in the name so I renamed it. It’s still the same kind of cake. No eggs, no dairy, no butter, and still really freaking easy :) the frosting, has butter though, so if you want frosting on your cake (what kind of decision is that?) then definitely make the vanilla buttercream frosting!

This freaking easy chocolate cake, also can be known as crazy cake, is literally freaking easy to make. No butter, no eggs, and no milk!

 

Freaking Easy Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This freaking easy chocolate cake, also can be known as crazy cake, is literally freaking easy to make. No butter, no eggs, and no milk!
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
For the vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 16 tablespoons of unsalted butter, or 2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 8x8-inch glass baking dish.
  2. With a fork, mix together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in the baking dish.
  3. Make three depressions in the batter. 2 smaller depressions and 1 large one (see photo below).
  4. Pour vinegar and vanilla in the two smaller depressions and the vegetable oil in the larger depression.
  5. Pour the cup of water over the entire mixture and whisk together until batter forms.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the buttercream.
  8. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a hand mixer and glass bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar until combined. Add milk then vanilla bean paste and beat until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  9. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  10. Slice into squares and serve.

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Posted on April 27, 2015

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  1. 04/27/2015 at 7:10 am

    That cake looks freaking divine! Totally going to whip this one up, thanks for sharing!

  2. 04/27/2015 at 8:34 am

    The pictures on the bottom are cracking me up. Happy anniversary!!! I hope you have a great time at both restaurants! Now… pass me a slice?? :)

  3. 04/27/2015 at 8:48 am

    Freaking easy? Sign me up!

  4. 04/27/2015 at 8:56 am

    Now I want cake, lol! Looks so good!

  5. 04/27/2015 at 9:14 am

    I’d like a slice of that cake right now! Happy anniversary!

  6. 04/27/2015 at 9:17 am

    Congrats you crazy love birds! Have fun celebrating today.

  7. 04/27/2015 at 9:52 am

    Hooray for two years!! Have a fun day and enjoy lots of cake!

  8. 04/27/2015 at 9:54 am

    Happy anniversary! Isn’t that awful when people do that???? Enjoy your dinner and special evening!

  9. 04/27/2015 at 10:01 am

    Congratulations!!!!! every year is something to celebrate! cake looks awesome and I do indeed enjoy how “freaking” easy it is!

  10. 04/27/2015 at 1:43 pm

    Making this cake now. Like I’m not even waiting a second longer.

  11. 04/27/2015 at 2:19 pm

    congrats on your 2nd anniversary!

  12. 04/27/2015 at 8:32 pm

    The pics of the cake, the name of the post, the plates and the pics at the end…LOVE them all :) Happy Anniversary (again).

  13. 04/28/2015 at 5:36 pm

    Happy anniversary! This cake looks delicious!

  14. 04/28/2015 at 6:43 pm

    Suddenly, I’m craving chocolate cake. Way to go, Julie. :P This cake looks AWESOME!

  15. Celia
    04/29/2015 at 12:36 pm

    Definitely need to try this. Happy Anniversary!

    • Julie
      04/29/2015 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you!

  16. 04/29/2015 at 2:43 pm

    Happy anniversary! Hope you have a great time celebrating! Love this cake! It looks amazing!

  17. 04/29/2015 at 8:12 pm

    Congrats on your 2 year! That vanilla butter cream looks wonderful.

    • Julie
      04/30/2015 at 7:56 am

      Thank you!

  18. 04/29/2015 at 10:10 pm

    I love that this is all made in the pan. I’ve given up on layer cakes because of the clean-up and effort. And happy anniversary! Shame on anyone who says it’s “just two years”. May you have many more!

    • Julie
      04/30/2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, Mary! :)

  19. 05/03/2015 at 12:48 am

    Happy anniversary! :) I love a good chocolate cake and that vanilla buttercream looks so good!

  20. 05/03/2015 at 5:45 pm

    I love that the cake portion of this is already completely vegan! So easy and totally delish. Pinning! :)

  21. 08/13/2015 at 5:27 am

    Woww…It’s Very easy and quick. I LOVE your recipe. Thanx for Sharing this recipes. I made it and it was so yummy.Everyone loved this delicious chocolate cake,your cake looks so wonderful, so yummy, and I will be making this again!

  22. 08/17/2015 at 8:19 am

    Woww…It’s So chocolatey and I LOVE your recipe. Thanx for Sharing this recipes. I made it and it was so yummy.Everyone loved this delicious chocolate cake,also your cake looks so wonderful, so yummy, and I will be making this again!

  23. Kimberly
    11/27/2015 at 11:26 pm

    I rarely comment on these things but oh my this was so delicious and so simple! Thank you so much this is definitely my new go to!

  24. Jagger
    09/20/2016 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Julie. For the vanilla buttercream frosting, can vanilla extract be used in place of the the vanilla bean paste?

    • Julie
      09/20/2016 at 8:45 pm

      Yes, it can.

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