Thursday, 28 February 2013

Crazy Cake

It's grey outside.

 There's a bitter cold wind.

The brave little purple crocus flowers, which a couple of weeks ago were happily opening their pretty faces towards the early spring sun, are now furled tight like closed umbrellas. 

The cold and cough that have been hanging around too long are getting you down.

So what's a girl to do but ...............bake!


Now this is one clever recipe, given to me by my good friend Julie from the USA who was given it by her friend Val when she was a student in California back in the 80's.

The whole preparation process is so easy, no hassle even when you're feeling under the weather - all you need is..........
 a large baking tin, a set of measuring cups (or a tea cup would do), a set of measuring spoons ( or a teaspoon and a tablespoon) and a spoon to stir.

Here's the crazy stuff
 - you make it direct in the tin, no mixing bowl
- no eggs
-no butter
- you use vinegar (!) but don't let this put you off - you won't know it's there

Here's the recipe


3 cups flour ( self-raising, but can use plain with an extra 3/4tsp baking powder per cup, or a mix with ground porridge oats is good)
2 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Pre-heat oven to 350 F, 160 C fan

Place all dry ingredients into a 9 x 13 inch (ungreased) tin ( I used a roasting tin) and mix well.
Make three indentations in the dry mix and add the following, one ingredient to each hole.

3/4 cup oil ( I used olive oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tblsp vinegar ( I used cider vinegar, wine vinegar would also work but I'm not sure about malt!)

Then pour 2 cups cold water over the entire mixture and mix well until everything blended.

Bake 25 - 30 mins.
May still be moist but do not overbake.

Cake may sink a little but it is moist and yummy!

So - no eggs, no butter, no mixing bowl!

I believe this may be an adaptation of cake recipes used during the war when eggs and butter were scarce, and I've seen a few such recipes floating around recently on Pinterest.

It can be eaten as it is,or you could add icing - Julie sometimes adds a chocolate cream cheese topping.

Go on, give it a whirl!
It'll make the dull day feel brighter!


  1. Mmmmmmmmm............le gateau !!! Merci de la receztte!

    MAGNIFIQUES fleures!!

    Bonne semaine!!!

    xxx Maria xxx

  2. Looks deliciously moist! The hyacinth is gorgeous too -still waiting for mine to open.

  3. I have never ever heard of a recipe like this before, I will definitely have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing Gill. :)
    V x

  4. My kind of cake, as I don't eat butter! I will try this recipe for sure! The cake lloks good, so I'll copy the recipe right now!




  5. Nothing like a slice of chocolate cake to cheer you up in this miserable weather.I like this one...sounds like it could be almost healthy!

  6. Wow - that cake sounds amazing! I am going to have to try it after Easter when I can eat Chocolate again!

  7. Such beautiful flowers. Cake looks gorgeous, and I love your beautiful tea cup and plate. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments.
    M xxxx

  8. woop woop , a no messy bowl cake, and a chocolate one to boot who wouldnt want to try this

    bev xx

  9. I can smell your hyacinths from here! That cake looks really yummy - I shall give that a try. Have a good weekend. x

  10. Perfect beautiful flowers, yummy cake and a cuppa sheer bliss!
    Thea x

  11. Gorgeous hyacinths! And wonderful, easy cake recipe....I love moist chocolate cake so will give this unusual recipe a try! Have a lovely weekend!
    Helen x

  12. I love hyacinths, they do have the most lovely scent don't they?

    And yummy looking cake, I think I'll bake a cake today, thank you for the inspiration :)

  13. Looks very yummy! It's always good to have beautiful flowers and chocolate to make you feel better! Get well soon!

  14. Thank you for sharing the recipe, chocolate cake cures all!
    Lisa x

  15. Hello Gill, your cake looks so moist and with a beautiful texture. I will definitely try it. Your hyacinths are gorgeous too. I hope the family are recovering from their coughs and colds. We have had some lovely weather this last week or so, very cold, but the sun is out hurrah!
    Thank you for all your lovely comments. The Wedding Fair, was very good, and it gave me the boost I needed. Much love to you, Linda xx

  16. Looks fab and scrummy - I can hear the call of the cake tins. There's nothing like a chocolate cake cuddle when you're feeling a bit under the weather. I love the little cake plate/cup combo, but I'm sure that's not what it's called!
    Jane xx

  17. hummm... delicious cake and beautiful flowers!!!

  18. Love the colour...fuscia ......and the recipe looks interesting....ciao Alison

  19. Oh yum! Thank you for sharing this :)

  20. oooh! I like that you make it in its tin - saves on washing up! And moist cakes are the best. I shall try it on the next grey day we have, which I'm sure won't be far off! xCathy

  21. What an unusual cake ... I think I may just have to try it! Certainly looks good.
    Lovely flowers.
    Hope the sun shines on you today ... it's peeking through here already.
    M x


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