Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Apple Crazy Cake (No Butter, Eggs, Milk or Mess) ~ Inspired by the Depression Era Recipe (aka Wacky Cake) w/ GF Option

“In Heaven, it is always Autumn".”
~ John Donne

This is my most favorite of our crazy cake creations yet! The brown sugar sinks a bit to the bottom giving the cake a "layered" caramel apple taste of fall! And what better way to use up those mealy apples than in a seasonal surprise for your family! It is easy to make in 7 steps -- and don't forget that it is frugal, egg-free, butter-free, milk-free and can even be gluten-free (meaning you will most likely have all the ingredients in your basic pantry!).

Dry Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. flour  (all purpose or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (use 1 1/2 tsp. is using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Wet Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil (we use sunflower)
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free version)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 by 8 inch square baking pan.

Measure out and mix all the dry ingredients together in your prepared baking pan. Make three wells in the baking pan (making sure one is large enough to contain the oil). Pour the oil into the largest well and the vinegar and vanilla separately into the other impressions. Pour water over all the contents, add the shredded apples and carefully mix your ingredients until combined and smooth. 

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean). Cool on wire rack. Once it is completely cooled, you may frost it. Recipe can be doubled – just use a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

You will find your free printable recipe HERE! Happy homemaking!

P.S. This post has been pre-scheduled as I am out of the country (visiting my precious far away family) until Septemberish. Though I won't be able to reply, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link Up and Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them).


  1. That cake looks so delicious. I must try it. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting a pre blog party. Happy Autumn.

  2. A good morning to you, sweet friend! I have not made an apple cake in ages! This one looks simply wonderful!

    It was so good to sop by for a visit. I hope you've had a nice summer and I trust you are enjoying your time away with family right now.

    Hugs to you, dear JES!

  3. This cake looks delicious. I've been hungry for something with fresh apples. This just might be it!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing! I love making wacky cakes and we make them into lemon and orange cakes as well. Now we can make them with apples. Yum! We just got fresh orchard apples at the grocery store, so perhaps it's the perfect time to make one!

  5. So nice to see other flavors of Wacky Cake! My mom always made the chocolate version when I was a child and I don't like it.
    Saving this to my recipe file :-)

    Davette B.

  6. Yum! Saw this on the Homestead Hop. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This looks easy to make,I'll try it out.It looks healthier and I like the frugal bit.Thanks

  8. Thank you for this! :) I'm going to print it out and give it a try one day soon! :)

  9. This looks really good. I'd like to try it sometime with apples from my orchard. Pinning for later when I deserve a treat.

  10. JES wanted to let you know I made this cake when my house filled with family evacuees from Hurricane Irma. I used some ripe pears I had on hand in place of the apple, ginger instead of cinnamon and the cake drew raves. Adults all had second pieces (I doubled the recipe) and children ate all of their pieces. The double recipe easily fed 10 folks two meals of desserts plus the extras the adults had as a snack the first evening.

    1. So glad to hear that!!! Your substitions sound wonderful! I so appreciate you sharing the feedback! Have a lovely week :)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...