Crazy Chocolate Cake! No eggs, no milk, and a bit of vinegar. Hand mix. You won’t believe the texture.

If you follow the instructions and don’t let this cake overbake*, you’re going to throw away all your 15-Steps to the Perfect Chocolate Cake recipes. This one will beat them all out, and that’s a promise.

*overbaking, even a little, dries it out significantly*

This family recipe is so old, it almost doesn’t exist!

My Aunt Dobbie’s recipe on the back of a bank check; my Aunt Dean’s recipe on the back of an envelope (dated 1954 on the front!). The recipe on the envelope (left) is for the #8 skillet, and the one on the backside of the check (right) is for a cake twice that size. After all, that particular aunt had six kids! Just ignore the “make holes and put …” instructions on the envelope. They don’t matter to the recipe, and it’s a long story as to what they are all about!




Recipe for Crazy Cake

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbls. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 Tbls. vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Add dry ingredients to a #8 iron skillet and mix well. Add oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water. Stir well. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350-degrees. Cooks fast. Check often. I use the toothpick inserted in the center method. It has no eggs, so it dries out if you overbake it. Watch carefully. Cool on a rack or on wadded-up pieces of foil if you’re camping and don’t have a rack. I oftentimes use ½ cup water with ½ cup coffee instead of the 1 cup water. Yum!

Frost with your favorite chocolate icing. I love to use the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe, which I follow exactly, except I use a pinch of salt.  I use a lot of icing on Crazy Cake.

Comment:  Crazy Cake is perfect for motorhome/trailer/outdoor campouts. If you have any leftover (rare), leave it in the skillet and cover it tightly with both plastic wrap and foil.  


Raw in the skillet. I’m not a chemist, but I think the bubbles are the vinegar and baking soda interacting.






Look at that shine, and it tastes as good as it looks. Frost and enjoy!









I’m proud to share this and many other family recipes with you in the recipe section of my blog. Want lots of old-timey Southern recipes known as Survival Foods for folks in the depression era and after? Check out the recipes at the back of my historical murder mystery, Blackberry Road.

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About Jodi Lea Stewart

Author Jodi Lea Stewart ~ Laughing Makes it All Worthwhile ~

Jodi Lea Stewart is a fiction author who believes in and writes about the triumph of the human spirit through overcoming adversity. Her writing reflects her life beginning in Texas and Oklahoma, later moving as a youngster to an Arizona cattle ranch next door to the Navajo Nation, and, as a young adult, resuming in her native Texas. Growing up, she climbed petroglyph-etched boulders, bounced two feet in the air in the backend of pickups wrestling through washed-out terracotta roads, and rode horseback on the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country. Her lifetime friendship with all nationalities, cowpunchers, and the southern gentry allows Jodi to write comfortably about anything in the Southwest, the South, and BEYOND.

What’s next from Jodi? Another epic historical fiction novel catapulting the reader out of Texas into Mexico, Argentina, and China and into the epicenter of another intriguing human drama. Look for it in 2023.

Other Recent AWARD-WINNING Publications by Jodi Lea Stewart

TRIUMPH, A NOVEL OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT is a 2021 International FIREBIRD First Place Multicultural Fiction Award Winner

5 Star Review - Triumph BookIf you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and want a dramatic, different, and sometimes humorous version of New Orleans life, St. Louis, and Texas in the early to mid-century 1900s, all adorned in beguiling plot twists and unforgettable characters, read TRIUMPH, a Novel of the Human Spirit by Jodi Lea Stewart.

Two children are ripped from their separate homes in 1903, one by a secretive Voodoo sect, the other one hidden out of blind fear. Their uncertain fates set in motion a series of events that reverberate decades later. Opening in the Louisiana swamps and moving into New Orleans and St. Louis—this novel weaves together three vivid storylines featuring two friends of different races defying the odds of their heritage and 1950s bigotry.

TRIUMPH was a finalist in three categories in the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards contest, won a Readers’ Favorite with Reviewers, and is also a 2021 Firebird First Place Award Winner in Multicultural Fiction.


BLACKBERRY ROAD is an International CHANTICLEER First Place Multicultural Award Winner

Blackberry Road by Jodi Lea Stewart

Blackberry Road Book - New CoverTrouble sneaks in one Oklahoma afternoon in 1934 like an oily twister. A beloved neighbor is murdered, and a single piece of evidence sends the sheriff to arrest a black man who Biddy, a sharecropper’s daughter, knows is innocent. Hauntingly terrifying sounds seeping from the woods lead Biddy into even deeper mysteries and despair and finally into the shocking truths of that fateful summer.

“Beyond the humor and entertaining antics of the main character, Biddy Woodson, BLACKBERRY ROAD has depth and meaning as it explores stirring universal themes that we expect in great literature” ~ D.B. Jackson, acclaimed Historical and Western author

BLACKBERRY ROAD is engaging, entertaining, and a book that is sure to linger with you . . . the trip is well worth the time ~ Cyrus Webb, Host of ConversationsLIVE, president of Conversations Radio Network, tv show host, author, and Amazon top reviewer


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