Wacky Cake from The Viola Girl

Wacky Cake

"In my fairy-tale romance The Viola Girl, this special cake was served to Wren on her sixteenth birthday. I won't tell you who made it or who she was looking across the table at." - Sherri Schoenborn Murray

Wacky Cake

This easy recipe is a keeper.

Makes one 9 x 13 pan


  • • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix with an electric beater. If you use this recipe for the frosting, it's best to refrigerate the cake, due to the cream cheese.


  • 1.  Preheat oven to 375' F.
  • 2.  In an ungreased 9 X 13 glass pan, sift the following:
  • 3.  3 cups flour
  • 4.  2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 5.  2 cups sugar
  • 6.  6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 7.  3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8.  Make three holes in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • 9.  Put 3/4 cup melted butter in the center hole.
  • 10.  2 teaspoons vanilla in one hole
  • 11.  2 tablespoons vinegar in the last hole.
  • 12.  Pour 2 cups water over the top and stir with a fork, reaching into the corners, until the batter shows no traces of flour. This is why it’s nice to use the glass pan, so you can see every last drop.
  • 13.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
  • 13.  Cool completely before frosting. See above for frosting recipe.


Serve with Cool Whip or ice cream. Great for sixteenth birthday parties!

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