Cockeyed Cake A.K.A The Lazy-Ass Cake is the only cake recipe you’ll ever need! It’s so quick and easy, everything gets mixed and baked in the pan. And with no eggs, it’s a delicious vegan treat.
Although already known under many names such as cockeyed, wacky, crazy or depression cake, I am officially rechristening this cake as the LAZY ASS CAKE. It’s so simple to make, it’s almost foolproof!
All the cake needs is a minute or two of whisking, it bakes in the same pan the ingredients are mixed in, and comes out of the oven dark, moist and chocolatey in 30 minutes. No need to grease the baking pan even!
You can enjoy a slice plain or easily take it up a notch with a sprinkling of powdered sugar for a totally vegan treat (no eggs!). If you want something more sinful and indulgent, a generous slathering of canned frosting will do the trick.
Now, if you want to go all out and impress, this lazy ass cake makes a terrific base for tiered masterpieces. Just double the recipe, bake in two batches in round (or square) cake pans and pull it all together with your specialty frosting (mocha flavor, pretty please!) in the middle and chocolate ganache for the outside.
The cake requires so little work, you can focus more on getting it all nice and pretty.
Don’t let the humble ingredients fool you! Soft, fluffy, and with intense chocolate flavor, it’s the only cake recipe you’ll ever need. It’s a winner as is but I am one of those people who can’t leave great things alone. Occasionally, I like to pump up the chocolate flavor by adding a teaspoon or so of instant coffee granules to the batter. Totally optional but highly recommended.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 5 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, optional
- vanilla frosting (store-bought)
- In an 8 x 8 baking pan, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, water, oil, vinegar, vanilla extract and instant coffee, if using.
- Stir together until smooth and blended.
- Bake in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting.
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