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Nov 6, 2014 18:28:14   #
Can someone tell me what vinegar does for a cake?
Nov 6, 2014 18:34:55   #
Does is react with the baking soda to rise?
Nov 6, 2014 18:40:52   #
mattie cat (a regular here)
margoc wrote:
Does is react with the baking soda to rise?

You are right. I have made these cakes in the past and they really turn out pretty good.
Nov 6, 2014 18:53:13   #
From time-to-time my Mom would make a Wacky Cake. I'll have to try it. Thank you for sharing this.
Nov 6, 2014 19:20:26   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
Just the pictures are yummy looking! It seems to me the vinegar is supposed to interact with the baking soda.
Nov 6, 2014 19:58:42   #
Belle1 (a regular here)
Right about vinegar and baking soda. They make a combined leavening. I love this cake and use it for my go-to when I have unexpected company or want something as a basis on which to build. Make small cakes (like in a 4" tartlet) then position canned peaches with some of the liquid on top of the cake, add a liberal dollop of whip cream and then drizzle freshly made raspberry syrup over and you have a wonderful dessert that looks and tastes very upscale. Or you can use the cake as a layer cake. I Often make a buttercream meringue icing and then use it as a filling for a crazy cake cupcake. Sort of "hostess cupcake" affair. I usually also use the icing piped on top of the cupcake.

I checked the recipe on the website given -- the only difference I found between that reccipe and mine is that mine calls for 6 Tbls of vegetable oil rather than their stated 5. I suspect that simply makes the case more moist. Although you can mix this in the pan you intend to bake in, I always use a bowl. Found that I did a better job of thoroughly mixing it and also (a big benefit), there is always a bowl to "lick" during cleanup.

I could just go on and on. I first learned about this cake when I was 14 (a long,long time ago) and in 4-H. Won a blue ribbon with it and been using it since then.
Nov 6, 2014 21:23:41   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
The vinegar does react with the baking soda, any type of acid will do it. I can tell you from experience that if you don't use an acid with baking soda your baking will taste awful.
Nov 6, 2014 21:40:19   #
it makes the yummiest cake. Miss my Mamaw Cook she made the bestest Wacky Cake with peanut butter frosting!
Nov 6, 2014 22:03:56   #
sandj (a regular here)
I make Crazy Cake often. I add chocolate chips and oatmeal it is even better!
Nov 6, 2014 23:14:04   #
Now why didn't I know that? Thank you all
Nov 7, 2014 06:37:00   #
I haven't made this in years. It was called King Arthur's Cake Pan Cake and I too mixed it in a bowl first. Just a lot neater and mixed better. Also I don't remember greasing the pan. But maybe it's better that way. I'll have to try it again. A real simple cake.
Nov 7, 2014 07:19:23   #
We still make it, only we call it Mud Cake. It is a fabulous cake for those allergic to eggs.
Nov 7, 2014 08:08:38   #
I'm going to try this today. Sounds great and not even a dirty bowl??? How good is that??
Nov 7, 2014 08:31:01   #
I make spice wacky cake and carob. Delicious!
Nov 7, 2014 08:52:07   #
My Mom's recipe, same one, from WWII was called Happy Valley Chocolate Cake because of the way you made the valleys in the dry ingredients before adding wet ingredients. Makes great cupcakes of course use a bowl to mix it in. Also chopped nuts, coconut shreds, mini choc chips, peanut butter chips, etc are great add-ins. My Mom always served it with whipped cream flavored with mint.
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