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Wacky Cake: a Versatile Recipe Free of the Top 9 Food Allergens

 

Wacky Cake is an easy recipe to use to make various cakes and cupcakes. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour*
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional)**
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (do not omit)
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water


Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Do not beat.

Pour into a greased cake or cupcake pan. Bake for 35 minutes for cake, 20 minutes for cupcakes.

*Gluten-free option: Substitute 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour mix for wheat flour. Add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum.

**See Kathy P's Wack Cake recipe for other flavor options such as lemon, orange and spice and for flour options for wheat and gluten-free.



Looking for ways to decorate your Wacky Cake? Here are some ideas from KFA:

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Hello! Can't wait to try this cake with my little one. Wondering if other gluten-free flour options would work. Has anyone tried this cake with millet or quinoa flour?  Also, I know tree nuts are in the top 9 food allergens, but we will be trialing almonds soon. Do you think almond flour would work?  

Hi Elisa - Yes, members have tried many different flour combinations over the years. Some have been added in the substitutions section of the recipe in Safe Eats®

1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup potato or cornstarch
1/4 cup tapioca starch


If you prefer using bean flours, you can also use:

3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup bean flour (garbanzo)
1/2 cup potato or cornstarch
1/4 cup tapioca starch

My experience with quinoa flour is that it can be kind of a strong flavor. Against the deep chocolate flavor, it's probably OK, but may stand out more with "lighter" flavors.

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