Mocha Wacky Cake Recipe

Mocha Wacky Cake Recipe

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

There's everything to like about this emergency cake: moist, chocolatey, and mixed right in the pan.

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  • Yield:serves 9
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:3 hours


  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (2 ounces) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. 1.

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9- by 9-inch cake pan with butter. Place flour, cocoa, brown sugar, granulated sugar, instant coffee, baking soda, and salt in pan. Stir until completely combined. Make a 4-inch crater in the center of the flour mixture.

  2. 2.

    Pour the oil, vinegar, and vanilla into the crater. Pour water over the top. Stir to completely combine (there still may be a few small lumps). Wipe inside edge of extra flour/batter.

  3. 3.

    Bake until center is just firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.