Don't miss a deal!

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Easy Vanilla Crazy Cake | Eggless, Dairy-Free, and Vegan!

Vanilla Crazy Cake with Dairy-Free Frosting

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 45 MINUTES

Ingredients

For the vanilla cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water

For the non-dairy vegan vanilla buttercream frosting:

  • 1 cup non-dairy spread (such as Earth Balance), softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round pans. I also line the bottom with parchment paper.  

2

To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix up those ingredients.

3

Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla extract, and water. Mix using a whisk until it forms a batter and most of the lumps are smooth.

4

Pour the batter into the two prepared cake pans. Bake on the middle oven rack for 30-35 minutes until the cake is cooked and a toothpick inserted in the middle of cakes comes out clean. Transfer cakes to a cooling rack and let cool.

5

In a mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together butter spread and confectioners sugar. Add in vanilla and almond or coconut milk. Mix until smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake as desired.

Brought to you by Hip2Save.
More Desserts
40 Comments
Love Love Love I'd Have Seconds! Meh... Not Feeling It Needs A Do-Over
4.9 / 12 ratings
Print

cutting a slice of crazy cake

Need a quick one-bowl cake that’s super easy to make for dessert?

Try making this simple Crazy Cake, Wacky Cake, or some call it Depression Cake! It was popular to make cakes like this during the Depression-era when eggs, butter, and milk were harder to come by.

Because it’s missing dairy and eggs, Crazy Cake can also be a great option for those who have food allergies or follow a vegan diet. The best part—it’s a very affordable cake to make from scratch.

frosted crazy cake on a plate

What it’s not missing, however, is taste!

This is an incredibly delicious cake to consider as an EASY to bake treat because you can just mix it up in one bowl, and pop it in the oven.

mixing up crazy cake ingredients

Hip Tips: 

    • Why use vinegar in a cake? The vinegar reacts with the baking soda and helps the cake rise, and although this has a pretty thin batter, the cake will rise.
    • This recipe makes two 9-inch round cakes for a nice layer cake, as pictured. If you’d like to cut it half and make only one layer, simply follow the same directions, but cut the ingredients in half.
    • Don’t forget to grease your cake pans first. I even like to line the bottom with parchment paper as well to avoid any sticking.
    • For a chocolate-flavored cake, add 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder when adding in the dry ingredients to produce a delicious chocolately variation.

crazy cake just out of the oven

whipping up vegan vanilla frosting

frosting a crazy cake


Print

Vanilla Crazy Cake with Dairy-Free Frosting

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 45 MINUTES

This quick, eggless, non-dairy vanilla cake comes together in just a few minutes for an allergy-friendly dessert.

Ingredients

For the vanilla cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water

For the non-dairy vegan vanilla buttercream frosting:

  • 1 cup non-dairy spread (such as Earth Balance), softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round pans. I also line the bottom with parchment paper.  

2

To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix up those ingredients.

3

Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla extract, and water. Mix using a whisk until it forms a batter and most of the lumps are smooth.

4

Pour the batter into the two prepared cake pans. Bake on the middle oven rack for 30-35 minutes until the cake is cooked and a toothpick inserted in the middle of cakes comes out clean. Transfer cakes to a cooling rack and let cool.

5

In a mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together butter spread and confectioners sugar. Add in vanilla and almond or coconut milk. Mix until smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake as desired.

Brought to you by Hip2Save.

yummy slice of crazy cake

Crazy cake is crazy GOOD and crazy EASY to bake!

Seriously, you won’t be missing those eggs. The texture is fluffy and moist – and the taste is YUM! My family loved the frosting too, and didn’t even ask if it was vegan or dairy-free. This cake is picky-eater approved, sweet, and so simpl to make. I’m calling it a win for sure. Enjoy!

slice of crazy cake on a plate


Try this old family recipe for sherry poppy seed bundt cake, that’s also easy to bake!

Join The Discussion

Comments 40

  1. Amy

    I tried printing this recipe using the Print button on the page, but the ads print over top of the recipe, so it’s unusable. I can’t read any of the ingredients because the ads are covering them up. It would be nice if you could fix it so the ads didn’t print over the recipe.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh darn. What browser are you using? I’m using Chrome and I hit the print button in the recipe – no ads. I will share this with the team though.

    • Aly

      Thanks for the recipe! I use Chrome, and found the ad over the list of ingredients when I tried to print this post. I attempted to close the ad by clicking at the bottom corner of the ad, and then the print version didn’t have the ad!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Ok I reported this to our team – and if using the app this is a known issue they are working to fix ASAP – thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ok I reported this to the team – and if using the App- it’s a known issue they are working to fix. Thanks for letting us know

  2. Lori

    Looks yummy…and so easy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Lori! This is a great cake!!

  3. brittanyparkhurstroberts

    Ty! Great for my son who is allergic to eggs!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! It’s easy and yum!

  4. nita

    Thank you! I’m not vegan but I prefer vegan goodies and treats like this bcus it’s less guilt and I think it all tastes even better!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think you’ll love this!

    • Susie

      Thank you for posting this!! The Vegan Movement is growing rapidly, so I’m sure there are many vegans out there who appreciate a recipe like this one. It’s 100% cruelty-free!!

    • supersaver

      Less guilt? It still has tons of sugar and oil. Vegan does not automatically mean healthier. Oreos are vegan.

      • Erica

        Hey, I think she meant another kind of guilty!

  5. Stacy R

    I made something very close to this for chocolate cupcake for my wedding. Everyone loved them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh neat! Thanks for sharing Stacy!

  6. Megan

    My niece and nephew have egg and nut allergies and this is our go to birthday cake recipe (the chocolate version). It is super moist and fluffy and I always get compliments!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks for sharing. I want to try the chocolate now too.

  7. Sandy

    My kids are allergic to milk and eggs. Thanks for posting this! Will try!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome – I hope they love it!

  8. Sarah Wheeler

    Thank you! I’m vegan and am always looking for pre-tested recipes I don’t have to tweak for special occasions! 😻

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! I really think you’ll like this – my family isn’t vegan and didn’t really even ask or realize. We just like cake 🍰 😂❤️

  9. Mamamia

    We’ve been using this for years due to Allergies. I love the chocolate version with a bit of Strong coffee in place of half the water. Yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ohhhh…I love that! Thanks for sharing 🥰

    • Kandice

      That’s how i make mine too. The small amount of coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor. Another tip to help the “chocolateyness” is to bloom the cocoa powder by mixing in either the water or coffee and letting it sit a few minutes before adding to the other ingredients.

  10. Jw206

    Ok, gotta try this just out of curiosity😋. Thanks again H2S!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      sure! enjoy!

  11. Jill

    I grew up eating the chocolate version of this cake. We knew it as Wacky Cake. When I make it, I cut the sugar in half to just one cup and no one has ever noticed. I figure with the frosting you are getting more than enough sugar.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I like that! Great tip Jill!

  12. amy

    Anyone know how it would be made with gluten free flour…..dairy/gluten allergy?

    • Amy F;)

      yeah, that’s what I was wondering too….I think I might try this recipe with whatever GF flour I have on hand this week- I will try to remember to post back;) We have made similar recipes GF crazy cake and had them turn out well so probably if you had a cup for cup wheat flour sub you would be good to go:)

    • Deanna

      My son has gluten and wheat among others and I’ve made this cake for years. Sometimes I make cupcakes instead. It tastes good but the texture is more dense compaired to regular flour. I had to end up adding a little more water sometimes because it gets too thick.

  13. Sue

    Wow that is a lot of sugar.

  14. Jen

    I’ve been making the chocolate version of this cake for years. I use co coffee instead of water for chocolate. I also like to add a little lemon juice and lemon zest in place of vanilla extract in the white cake version. Super tasty. It is delicious, moist and fluffy. I usually make 1 layer and dist it with powdered sugar instead of icing it. Always a hit!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love those suggestions! Thanks Jen!

  15. Sabrina

    Thanks for posting a vegan cake. I recently went vegan and I’m trying lots of new recipes. This looks yummy.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! I think you’ll like this! Enjoy 😉

  16. Cherri

    I made this for my vegan daughter’s 40th birthday and she really seemed to enjoy it. I’ve substituted apple sauce in place of the vegetable oil in some recipes and was wondering if any one has tried that with this?

    • Adina

      Yes! I made it with applesauce today! The consistency is slightly different (as usually is when substituting applesauce for oil), but it was still quite good!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

It's not your Grandma's coupon site!

Log in to Hip2Save. It's FREE!

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot Password

Don't have an account? Register

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!

Already have an account? Login

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!



Already have an account? Login

Thank you for rating!

Would you also like to leave us a comment?