Do you have a recipe that holds a special meaning to you or you vividly remember learning how to make? For me, it’s Wacky Cake. Wacky cake was the first cake that I learned to make from scratch.
My mom taught me how to make it when I was in middle school, and it’s been one of my favorites to make ever since!
From sifting the ingredients together to licking the spoon at the end (Don’t worry, there aren’t any eggs!), I still remember making this cake when I was young.
Wacky cake is a simple, classic cake that is easy for anyone in the family to make!
One of my favorite things about this cake is that it is somewhat of a mash up between both sides of my family. I discovered that both of my grandmothers had a recipe for wacky cake in their recipe boxes, and the cake that I make is a mixture of both.
It is a neat way to carry on the tradition of both of them in one cake.
The name “Wacky Cake” comes from the fact that the cake doesn’t have eggs, butter, or milk in it. The recipe was developed around World War II when common baking ingredients were hard to come by. Don’t worry. You won’t miss the eggs or butter!
This rich, chocolaty cake is perfect for celebrating anything from birthdays to good grades to holidays!
Once I learned how to make it, it somehow became somewhat of a tradition that I made this cake for my mom’s birthday.
I suppose it was about time that someone made her a cake! Not that I minded, I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to have a slice of wacky cake.
Topping the wacky cake is what is labeled as “no-fail fudge frosting” on my mom’s recipe card. And, it proves to be exactly that. If I could learn how to make homemade fudge frosting in middle school, anyone can make it!
The frosting tastes just like a thin layer of fudge has been spread across the top of the cake. Using McCormick’s pure vanilla extract ensures that the frosting has a rich, subtle vanilla flavor making it completely irresistible!
My mom and I always made sure that we scraped out all of the frosting out of the saucepan with a spoon and spatula, because it just wouldn’t do to have any of it go to waste!
Top with sprinkles that match the occasion, and you have a festive cake ready for any celebration!
For the Cake
For the Fudge Frosting
Disclosure: I was compensated by McCormick for my time, however, all opinions are 100% my own.