Classic Chocolate Wacky Cake, Allergen Friendly

Classic Chocolate wacky cake baked in a 9x13 pan, looks very dark and chocolatey.
I took a quick photo of this wacky cake baked in a 9x13 pan for another recipe I was making. Note how dark and chocolatey the cake is. It's also super moist and tastes wonderful the next day.

Chocolate wacky cake is one of the best dessert recipes to have in your recipe collection. It’s nut free, egg free, and dairy free and super easy to make.

Disclosure: I’m a Rodelle brand ambassador and every so often I will share how I use Rodelle products in my recipes, all opinons are mine. This post may have affiliate links.

Because chocolate wacky cake is such a no-fuss recipe, it’s my go to recipe when I need a dessert in a hurry. I have probably made hundreds of orange chiffon cakes in my youth. When I saw that I could mix wacky cake ingredients in a 9×9 baking dish and bake the batter in the same dish, I love the simplicity of making a chocolate cake that tastes delicious.

Classic Chocolate wacky cake baked in a 9x13 pan, looks very dark and chocolatey.
I took a quick photo of this wacky cake baked in a 9×13 pan for another recipe I was making. Note how dark and chocolatey the cake is. It’s also super moist and tastes wonderful the next day.

Allergy Friendly Chocolate Wacky Cake

I learned that chocolate wacky cake was invented during the depression era (1930s) and uses the most basic baking ingredients. At the same time, chocolate wacky cake happens to be very allergy friendly, nut free, milk free, and egg free. My son who is allergic to eggs doesn’t like chocolate so I make a lemon cake which we all love as an alternative flavor.

I have baked a lot of nut free and egg free desserts and birthday cakes for my kids over the years. And because some of their friends are also allergic to milk, wacky cakes are a perfect base recipe that friends can enjoy together and I put in some effort into transforming a simple wacky cake into something special, such as decorated cupcakes or adding some chocolate chips on the cake as it comes out of the oven or sprinkling powdered sugar when the cake completely cools.

Why is Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa So Chocolatey?

There was one time I ran out of Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa (affiliate link) and had to use a baking cocoa product that I used before I became a Rodelle brand ambassador. I was shocked to notice that the other baking cocoa looked pale in comparison and the chocolate flavor was negligible using the other brand.

I reached out to my contact at Rodelle to find out why and she told me that “Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa has a lot richer flavor due to the higher percentage of cocoa fat that we add to the cocoa powder. Most cocoa powder on the market has 10-12% cocoa fat while ours has 16-18%. The Dutch-processing, or processing with alkali, also helps with the rich, dark color.” I think you’ll notice the difference and love the taste too.

I also used Rodelle Chocolate Extract to give the recipe an extra chocolatey flavor boost. If you prefer, you can substitute it with 2 teaspoons of Rodelle Vanilla Extract or 2 teaspoons of Rodelle Chocolate Extract instead. I usually buy Rodelle products when I find them at Costco and if they’re not available at yoru local store, you can check on Amazon.

Rodelle does not use any peanuts or tree nuts in any products, if you have other allergen concerns be sure to reach out to their customer service department.

This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, fish, and shellfish as written.

Update: This recipe is a great cake base for my latest favorite recipe: Allergy Friendly Aquafaba Baked Alaska, which is egg-free and nut free!

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Classic Chocolate Wacky Cake

This chocolate wacky cake, also known as crazy cake, is an easy recipe to make and is nut free, egg free, and milk free. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons oil I use extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Chocolate Extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Frosting options: allergy safe chocolate chips or powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 °F
  2. If baking in a rectangular pan, mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl. If baking in a square pan (8x8 or 9x9), you can mix the ingredients in the pan if desired.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork or a whisk until evenly mixed, make 3 wells.
  4. Pour the oil into one well, the extracts into one well, and pour the apple cider vinegar in last.
  5. Pour water over the entire container and stir until well mixed.
  6. Transfer the batter into a baking dish (if you didn’t mix it in a square pan) and bake in the middle rack of a preheated oven.
  7. The cake is ready when a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean: 18-20 minutes in a 9x13 pan or 30-40 minutes in a square pan.
  8. Cool for 30 minutes to serve as is OR sprinkle chocolate chips on the cake when it comes out of the oven OR cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

If you are baking in a square pan, you could mix the cake batter in the baking pan or in a bowl and then bake for about 30 minutes. If you are baking in a rectangular 9x13 pan, mix the batter in a bowl and then transfer the batter to a 9x13 baking pan and bake for 18-20 minutes. WW points 8 points for 1/12th of a cake.

 

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers.
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