From our Feed Table to Yours

In the spirit of this year's holiday, our Feed the Children family is sharing three of our favorite recipes to inspire your Turkey Day meal.


Danielle's Whacky Cake

Whacky Cake


Growing up in a small town, Oklahoma farming family, getting together with everyone was pretty habitual. We regularly gathered (cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) at my aunt's home to celebrate the end of a harvest season, birthdays, graduations, whatever. Together, the ladies made our family's version of egg noodles and Whacky Cake (yes, the spelling is correctly incorrect).

Why is it called Whacky Cake? During WWII, many ingredients (butter, eggs, milk) were hard to come by, so women got creative with their ingredients and their mixing. The fun (and traditional) way to mix the ingredients together is what makes this cake wacky. Combine all your dry ingredients into your 9x13 pan (or whatever size pan you have because you're getting wacky!). You then make 3 wells in the center to dump your wet ingredients. In our family, you mix using your fingers. For other, probably more refined families, you used a fork.

The end result is an extra fluffy, yummy chocolate cake. We go sans-frosting, which is how I suggest, but a yummy add-on is chocolate frosting with roasted pecans. If you're a fan of frosted brownies (or chocolate cake in general), you'll love this as much as my family. It will become a celebratory regular and one of the most beloved and requested cakes for birthdays from everyone.


  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 tbsp melted shortening (or oil)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dump everything in a glass or ceramic pan and mix with fork or hands. Bake for 30 minutes. You can add pecans and/or frosting to the top, but our family just eats as is.

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