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This scrumptious funfetti wacky cake is sure to bring out the inner child in you with its cheerful bursts of color and tender, moist crumb. It’s like a party on a plate!
A wacky cake, which also goes by the name of “crazy cake” or “depression cake”, was originally popularized during the Great Depression. The classic version is known for requiring no eggs, butter, or milk – ingredients that were hard to come by during that era. What’s truly ‘wacky’ about this cake is the unconventional mixing method; you make three wells in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and then stir it all together.
Now, we’re giving this historic treasure a modern twist by marrying it with the playful exuberance of funfetti! Funfetti brings along a confetti of colors with the addition of sprinkles baked into the cake, turning an ordinary cake into an extraordinary celebration. This Funfetti Wacky Cake is not just an ode to nostalgia but also an invitation to create new memories with every bite.
Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or just an ordinary day that you want to make special, this cake is bound to sprinkle joy and laughter in your life. Whether you’re baking with kids or looking to indulge in a moment of pure bliss, this Funfetti Wacky Cake promises an explosion of flavor and fun.
So, put on your apron, and get ready to be swept into a waltz of flour, sugar, and a rainbow of sprinkles. The whimsical world of Funfetti Wacky Cake awaits your arrival!
Let’s get baking!
Eggs have been expensive and scarce lately, we all know that. But we also know that you need eggs for baking. So how does a wacky cake turn out without them?
In a traditional cake, eggs are responsible for adding structure, leavening, and moisture to the cake. In eggless cakes, there are alternative ingredients and methods to achieve a similar texture. Some key elements are:
- Leavening agents: In the absence of eggs, it’s crucial to rely on other leavening agents such as baking soda or baking powder. These help the cake to rise and become fluffy. Vinegar or lemon juice can be combined with baking soda to enhance the leavening effect due to the reaction between the acid and the baking soda.
- Fat: Using oil, or other fats helps to keep the cake moist and tender. Fats contribute to the rich texture of the cake.
- Proper mixing: The mixing process is also crucial in achieving a good texture in eggless cakes. Avoid over-mixing as it can make the cake dense, but ensure that the ingredients are combined evenly.
By balancing these elements, you can make an eggless cake with a tender, moist, and fluffy texture similar to cakes that contain eggs.
If you want to make cupcakes with this funfetti wacky cake batter, its as simple as putting it in cupcake tins. Almost any cake recipe can be adapted to make cupcakes.
- Adjust Baking Time: Cupcakes bake faster than a whole cake because they are smaller. Typically, cupcakes take about half the time to bake as compared to a cake. Check the cupcakes around 12-15 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
- Adjusting Temperature: Some people prefer to increase the temperature slightly (to 375) for a shorter baking time to help the cupcakes rise quickly and create a domed top.
- Portioning Batter: Fill each liner about 2/3 to 3/4 full to allow room for the cupcakes to rise without overflowing.
- Cooling: Once baked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Funfetti Wacky Cake
- Some “wacky cake” recipes call for all the ingredients to be mixed right in the ungreased baking pan and then baked. I’ve had hit-or-miss luck with this method and prefer to be safe and mix the ingredients in a bowl and then bake in a lightly greased pan.
- Be sure to stir the batter as little as possible once the sprinkles are added. The color will bleed fast.
- The cake keeps well at room temperature, covered well, for up to three days. It can also be frozen for up to three months.
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- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup cold tap water
- ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles (jimmies), plus extra for decoration
- Frosting of choice
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- Make a large well in the center of the dry ingredients and two small wells next to the large (the large well needs to hold at least 5 tablespoons and each small well should hold at least a teaspoon).
- Pour the vegetable oil into the large well, the vinegar into a small well, and the vanilla extract into the second small well. Note: it’s important to keep the wet ingredients separate until they’re stirred into the batter at the same time.
- Add the water and stir the batter just until all ingredients are combined.
- Fold in the sprinkles, but do not over-stir.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool the cake completely to room temperature then frost with any frosting you like and add more sprinkles to the top.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 2g
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