Vanilla Crazy/Wacky Cake Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups flour + 3 Tablespoons (all-purpose)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup water 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 4 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one larger (see #3 in photo below). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool. Top with your favorite frosting.  Enjoy!


This cake is not light, it is more dense - like a cornbread cake. For a stronger vanilla taste, you could add a 1/2 teaspoon more of vanilla for a total of 2 teaspoons.

You can double this recipe, just use a 9x13 baking pan.

You can also mix the batter in a bowl for neater, easier mixing.  Be sure to follow the directions the same way - mixing the dry ingredients then making the depressions for the wet ingredients. Don't forget to grease you pan.

Although I have not used Gluten Free flour mixes for this recipe, many people have and said the cake turns out wonderful! "Yes it is yummy and very moist. It even works with gf flour mixes!"