Cinnamon Spice Crazy Cake

This cinnamon spice crazy cake is an amazing fall cake recipe! Also called a wacky cake and made without eggs, milk or butter. This is our family’s favorite fall cinnamon cake because it’s so easy!

a piece of cinnamon spice cake with cream cheese frosting with 2 cinnamon sticks on top

It’s already that time of year!

Before I start my fall recipe development, but when I know it’s coming up and I’ll have to start brainstorming fall recipes, I’m like noooooooooooo!!!!

I don’t want summer to end. I don’t want the berries to disappear from the store. I don’t want to have to wear closed toe shoes or lots of layers.

BUT give me a few days and once I actually start testing my fall recipes, I get so excited for fall flavors again!

It’s all about the spice, apple, caramel, pumpkin, warm baked goods. Those flavors are like a hug 🤗

I wish I could enjoy all those fall flavors without the change in weather. I could live with sunshine and warm weather every day!

a piece of cinnamon spice cake with cream cheese frosting with 2 cinnamon sticks on top on metal plate

This is the very first recipe I’m sharing for a crazy cake. This type of cake is also referred to as a wacky cake and it comes from the 1940s during the depression era when eggs, milk and butter weren’t readily available.

So why did I choose a crazy cake?

I always have every single ingredient from this recipe in my pantry and most of the items have long expiration dates. So even if you don’t use vinegar often (we hardly use it) you at least have some.

The first time I tested the recipe, it had this weird bitter aftertaste. But I adjusted the recipe, tested it twice more and it turned out amazing.

However, Ryan was a little skeptical about trying it the second time, given the first batch didn’t turn out that great. I told him it was SO good and to just try it. He took a bite and said “this is the same cake using vinegar?!”

Yeah! It’s moist and bursting with spice flavor, you’d never know it’s made without eggs, milk or butter.

a piece of cinnamon spice cake with cream cheese frosting with 2 cinnamon sticks on top on metal plate

Give it a try, I think you’ll find it be to one of your new favorite easy fall cake recipes!

For a step-by-step of how to make this cinnamon spice crazy cake recipe, watch this short video:

Cinnamon Spice Crazy Cake

Yield: 9x13 inch cake

Total Time: 2 hours

This cinnamon spice crazy cake is an amazing fall cake recipe! Also called a wacky cake and made without eggs, milk or butter. This is our family’s favorite fall cinnamon cake because it’s so easy!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 2 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cold water

Cream cheese frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 oz, softened
  • 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

CAKE

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and ginger.
  2. Make 3 wells in the dry ingredients using the bottom of a measuring cup. Pour the vanilla extract in one, the vinegar in the second and the vegetable oil in the third. Before mixing, pour the cold water over everything, then mix by hand with a spatula until the batter is combined
  3. Pour the batter into an UN-GREASED 9 x13 inch pan and bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding the frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the softened cream cheese and butter, beat using an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and some of the powdered sugar, mixing by hand or on low, continuing beating in the powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth.
  2. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
  3. For easy cutting, refrigerate the cake for 20 minutes to help set the frosting.
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge.
This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour too! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.
This cinnamon spice crazy cake is an amazing fall cake recipe! Also called a wacky cake and made without eggs, milk or butter. This is our family’s favorite fall cinnamon cake because it’s so easy!
This cinnamon spice crazy cake is an amazing fall cake recipe! Also called a wacky cake and made without eggs, milk or butter. This is our family’s favorite fall cinnamon cake because it’s so easy!

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4 comments

  1. Beth! I just ran out of baking soda yesterday and am dying to make this cake.😍 Could you please tell me if there is anything I can substitute in it’s place that would work?? 

    • Hi Bren! I’m so sorry, but the recipe needs the baking soda because of the vinegar.

  2. My kid has egg allergies. We have been doing wacky cake years. I like this new version. We have lots of apples wondering if they could be added and how to adjust recipe. Thanks excited to try it.

  3. Love this cake , thank you for the recipe will be making again and again , so easy, always have ingredients in my pantry

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