Goofy Cake

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Chocolate Goofy Cake 

Kids will love making this cake.  It is quick, easy and results in a moist chocolate cake.  I remember helping my mom make this cake when I was a kid.  I loved the step of making the indents in the dry mixture.  We would always make a face – two small indents for eyes and one large indent for the mouth.  I like to ice the cake with vanilla buttercream frosting but you can decorate your cake as desired.

I recently tried doubling the recipe and baking the cake in a 9×13 pan.  It turned out great, just a little thicker than normal.


1 ½ cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

6 Tbsp vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients in an ungreased 8 x 8 pan.  With a spoon, make three indents in the dry mixture without going through to the bottom of the pan.

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Add to the indents:

1 tsp vinegar, in a small indent

1 tsp vanilla, in a small indent

6 Tbsp oil, in a large indent

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Pour 1 cup water over everything and stir it all together to form a smooth batter, making sure to get all of the dry ingredients mixed in from the corners of the pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees or until the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.

TIP: The cake can be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan.  Make 4 small indents and 2 large indents in the dry ingredients when mixing in the wet ingredients.

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6 Responses to “Goofy Cake”

  1. I love simple recipes. I’m definitely bookmarking this for when I’m in the mood for a new moist chocolate cake recipe. Yum. Fun stuff.

  2. GreenGirl says:

    I never used vinegar in cake recipe, but in everything is a first time. It looks great

  3. AJ says:

    Looks so easy to make!
    Just a couple of question though – is the 375 degrees in Fahrenheit or Celsius? And should I preheat the oven?

  4. kelsey says:

    Yes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. Elle says:

    MArlboro has a 9×13 pan recipe like this called One Pan Cake. It is absolutely wonderful. Hubby’s favorite cake and he doesn’t like cake. The frosting is a ton of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on after it comes out of the oven (if my memory serves me) and I believe you can substitute coffee for the water. Imagine those flavors!!!

  6. Lisa says:

    This is my family’s favorite cake. The cake was originally a depression cake with no eggs used. Our mother use to make this cake and hide it from my brothers. I was thrilled that others enjoyed it as much as we have and wasn’t sure if it was originally called a goofy cake or if that was just the name my mother gave it. I had heard that it was an old girl scout recipe.

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