Wacky Chocolate Cake (Vegan)

Wacky Cake, or Crazy Cake or The Cake Pan Cake is one of the easiest cake to bake with minimal ingredients. The crumb is soft and the cake is delicious. Serve it plain with the tea or dress it up with ganache and serve as a dessert.

Following the Father’s Day celebration from the previous post, this is the cake my daughter chose to bake for father’s day. It is a simple and easy eggless cake with the ingredients generally there in the pantry. It is called Wacky or Crazy cake because it is a “mix in the pan” type of cake. Ingredients can be mixed together in the cake pan and baked. However, I have made it the conventional way and frosted it with ganache.

Serve it plainly frosted with ganache or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, either way, it tastes great!

I have baked this cake several times. On birthdays, on anniversaries or even when a quick dessert has to be whipped up, this cake comes as a saviour. No elaborate ingredients and no elaborate procedure.  Simple foolproof recipe.

Serve with warm custard on cold days and with ice cream on hot days. It is a big hit.

Wacky Chocolate Cake

Adapted from here



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4  cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 100gms dark chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons low fat cream



  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees C. Grease and line an 8 inch round cake tin.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix oil, water, vanilla essence and vinegar.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until well blended.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven, keep in the wire rack to cool.


Heat the chocolate and cream in a very heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stir constantly till the chocolate melts. Take off the heat and stir briskly until it becomes smooth and shiny. It will thicken as it cools.
Pour Ganache evenly on the cake.

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  1. This is a go to cake at home. Mum would whip it up in a pinch - perfect for any last minute guests. By the way I always do a fudge topping for this cake!

  2. Such a lovely cake. Love the name and the frosting and that deep chocolate colour of the cake. I am not a big fan of eggless cakes but love the texture of your cake. A great bake for the occassion

  3. we have a potluck today evening and my rasugulla's are ready and there was special request from my friends for cake - well many are vegans so gonna bake eggless...its almost the same way i make too...but i use lemon juice and warm milk instead of vinegar and warm water...i got stunned seeing your post - felt like u did read my mind namitha!

  4. Thank You Binu for trying this recipe and also for sharing your feedback.