We Should Cocoa: Microwave Chocolate Crazy Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
Depression-era chocolate cake made without eggs, dairy or butter.
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • scant ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ¼ tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar for dusting
  1. If you're using the espresso powder, place it in a measuring cup with 1 tbsp hot water to let it dissolve. In an ungreased 8 x 8 inch microwave-safe glass baking dish, mix together flour, white sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make 3 holes (1 large, 1 med, 1 sm) in the mixture. Add oil to the large hole, vinegar to the medium hole, and 2 tsp vanilla to the small hole. Add cold water to the espresso mixture to make 1 cup. Pour water and espresso mixture over all. Stir well with a fork or whisk to blend. Scrape down the sides and corners of the dish with a rubber spatula.
  2. Cook in a microwave oven on 50% power for 4 minutes, turning dish twice during cooking time. Then cook on full power about 2 to 4 minutes, or until done (check frequently). Do not overcook or the cake will be dry (see notes).
  3. Let the cake cool entirely and dust with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite frosting. If desired, chopped chocolate may also be sprinkled on the cake right out of the microwave and allowed to melt for a few minutes before spreading it.
Cook the cake until the top looks "baked" and the center no longer looked like a pool of batter. The edges will cook first and the center will cook last. In the last minute or two of cooking, you should be able to smell the lovely cake aroma. My microwave is a couple years old, so an older, less powerful model might take longer and a newer one may take less time. Also, I have a turntable so I didn't have to manually rotate the pan. This cake is best if not over-baked, so start checking after 2 minutes on high and check it every extra 30 seconds or so after that Once you know how long it takes in your microwave, make a note of it for the next time.

The cake may also be baked in a 350F/176C oven for about 25 minutes.
Recipe by BakeNQuilt at http://www.bakenquilt.com/2014/05/we-should-cocoa-microwave-chocolate-crazy-cake/