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

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

What is Crazy Cake

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.

Cake Without Eggs, Milk or Butter

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.

Total Time Required

  • 10 minutes to prep the cake
  • 25-28 minutes to bake
  • 30 minutes to cool the cake
  • 10 minutes to make the frosting
a piece of cinnamon spice cake with cream cheese frosting with 2 cinnamon sticks on top on metal plate

Tips

  • Properly measure the all purpose flour using the spoon and level method.
  • Bake in a non-greased pan.
  • Store leftover cake topped with cream cheese frosting in the fridge.

More Fall Desserts

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Cinnamon Spice Crazy Cake

By: Beth
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
This cinnamon spice crazy cake is an amazing fall cake recipe! Also called a wacky cake, this cake is made without eggs, milk or butter. This is our family’s favorite fall cinnamon cake because it’s so easy to make!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups cold water

Cream cheese frosting

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

Instructions 

CAKE

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
  • For easy cutting, refrigerate the cake for 20 minutes to help set the frosting.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge.

Video

Notes

This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour too! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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21 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?? 

    1. 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

  4. THANK YOU for breaking down the individual spices and not using “pumpkin pie spice”! This and the chocolate version are my fallbacks when Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboards are bare.

    1. this is funny the last time i look up wacky cake ( this a ww2 cake as well.as tomato soup cake rashions) the wacky cake i had was chocolate but when i looked it up he had the same version you had but still called it wacky when i found it in my moms recipe s she gotten it from her mom because she stil moms house it makes a great chocolate cake it just had 1\2 cup pwered cho colate in it mixed with sugar i aways liked it better then any other chocolate cake it wasn’t dry but love it fact of no eggs because youcan makea cake if your out of eggs the other tomato soup cake is a spice cake to thats why itsa anothe r good one the spice s cover up the tomato soup favor i’m sure if you look it up on line you’ll find it i fineso many recipes onine there is no such thing as your own recipe anymore

  5. This Spiced Wacky Cake is our favorite. I don’t even put icing on the cake. We love it, probably a little too much LOL. Best cake I’ve ever made, I don’t plan to ever buy another store bought cake mix again. Even my grandkids love this cake, it’s a hit…???

  6. Hi!! I really want to make this cake but I don’t have that kind of pan. Do you think I can use a round one? If so, which size? Thanks ?

    1. Hi Serena! What size is your round pan? I would recommend using two 8 inch or 9 inch round pans. Or if you have an 8×8 inch square pan, cut the recipe in half and bake it in that!

  7. My wacky cake recipe uses butter instead of vegetable oil. Do you think that substitution would work in this case? And would it be the same amount?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Stacie! Yes – you could use the same amount of butter. Let me know how it goes!

  8. I’m looking forward to making this cake! Thanks for sharing! 
    One question though, can I use baking powder in this cake instead of baking soda? 
    Thank you! 

    1. I’m so glad that I chose to make this particular wacky cake. The hubby does not like “fruity cakes” Any cakes or pies with raisins, cranberries, strawberries, apples, etc are a no go for him. I made this cake today for the family and we all love it! It is absolutely hevanily with just the correct amount of spices. It’s great that I always have these ingredients on hand. I like that I can also dust it with powdered sugar if I am not in the mood for icing. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  9. Growing up we always made chocolate wacky cake, and made it right in the baking pan. Stir the dry ingredients together in the pan and then proceed with the three wells! I thought mixing right in the baking pan was part of why it’s called Wacky Cake! Also, I’ve always thought the WWII rationing was the reason for the unusual ingredients. Who knows?