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Jan 17, 2005 04:51 PM

ever heard of lazy daisy chocolate cake? i lost my recipe!

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i found a recipe years ago in a very old fashioned cookbook called lazy daisy chocolate cake that just so happened to be vegan. i searched for vegan chocolate cake and found what seems to be a so so substitute, but this recipe had a quirky way of making the mix: mix the dry ingredients, dig three holes then put the oil vinegar vanilla in... and it had cloves and cardomom... i have found fairly typical substitute recipes, but nothing's about 1 1/2 cups flour, about 1 cup of water, and some oil, apple cider vinegar...but i just don't have the real info. any help appreciated.

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  1. Found this recipe in a local community cookbook. It was called "Crazy Cake", but I think it's what you're looking for.

    Crazy Cake

    1-1/2 cups sifted flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp. baking soda
    3 TBSP. cocoa
    1 tsp. salt
    6 TBSP. vegetable oil
    1 TBSP. vinegar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup water

    Sift dry ingredients in an 8" baking dish (do not grease). Put 6 TBSP. vegetable oil in one corner, 1 TBSP. vinegar in another corner, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in another corner. Sprinkle the 1 cup of water over all and stir well with a fork. Bake in 325 oven approx. 35 minutes.

    Hope this is what you were looking for!

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    1. re: Anne

      The Lazy Daisy cake my Mom made was a yellow cake baked in a square pan with brown sugar and coconut sprinkled on top. The topping ended up crispy and caramelized, in lieu of frosting.

    2. My mother called this Happy Valley cake - This is the first thing I learned how to bake when I was 5 yrs old!
      She used melted butter in her recipe -which is what I still use. Can't get my head around using oil or shortening in cakes!

      1. Could this be what you're looking for?

        3 c. flour
        2 c. sugar
        6 tbsp. cocoa
        2 tsp. baking soda
        1 tsp. salt
        12 tbsp. oil
        2 tbsp. vinegar
        2 tsp. vanilla
        2 c. cold water

        Sift dry ingredients into pan. Make 3 wells. Put oil into one, vinegar into another and vanilla into the third. Pour water over all. Stir thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees.

        This recipe has the 'make 3 wells' you ask about. I found it by googling on "flour sugar vinegar chocolate vanilla" and checking out the responses. Hope this is what you want.

        1. Yes I know the recipe you are talking about, it's been in our family for over 30 years from a spice cookbook.
          These ingredients above are correct and you also add :
          1 teaspoon cinnamon
          1 teaspoon ginger
          1/4 teaspoon clove