This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, Dolores (Lori) Cayemberg nee Kuehl. When my husband and his sisters had birthdays this was the cake they'd get. It's quite an unusual recipe. No eggs and it has vinegar in it! Krazy! ;)
But I'll tell you what...it's the BEST tasting cake I've ever made. Like a devils food. So yummy. Now the icing that is traditionally used for the cake, well, I don't use it. It's made with Crisco shortening and in my opinion lacks much flavor. I make homemade cream cheese frosting to go with the Krazy Kake in our house (which is now a birthday family tradition with us as well!). I am including the original icing recipe, for those loyalists that want to have the initial recipe intact.
My husband and I are guessing that this recipe may have been a Depression Era recipe, when they had to make due with what they had. We could be wrong though...there is quite a bit of sugar! Anyway, here it is!
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp vinegar
3/4 c. canola oil
2 c. cold water
1 recipe Krazy Kake Frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
In an ungreassed 9x13-inch cake pan sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make three separate holes in the dry ingredients. In one, place the vanilla; in the second, the vinegar; in the third, the canola oil. Pour the water over it all and mix together with a fork until combined.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Frost with Krazy Kake Icing, if desired.
Now isn't that KRAZY?!?! Make three holes and pour different liquids in each topping it all with water and mixing with a fork! But it's soooo yummy!
(Note: You can make this cake in a regular bowl and then pour into a prepared cake pan for baking. Making it directly in the cake pan will not allow you to remove the cake from the pan. It will stick when prepared as directed above.)
Krazy Kake Icing
2-1/2 tbsp flour
1/2 c milk
1/2 c Crisco shortening
1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Blend the flour and milk in a saucepan over medium low heat. Cook to a thick paste. Remove from heat and set aside. In another bowl beat the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the paste and vanilla. Beat until combined. Spread over cake and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
(Note: The recipe I have from my mother-in-law says "sugar" and not confectioners sugar. After making the icing for the cake one time, my husband said that it was most likely confectioners sugar used since the icing mom used to make was not so grainy.)