Mike W.'s Stir Crazy Cake
I have seldom found a cake recipe this easy not to mention tasty as well. This is called Stir Crazy Cake and I found it in a small book sponsored by a cigarette company that purported it to be "Chuck Wagon" cooking. I will pass it along as it stands for all to enjoy.
For the cake itself--
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups cold coffee (or cold water, but you should use coffee)
For the topping--
1/4 cup sugar (Raw sugar, or turbinado, would be best)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
Put flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl; mix well. (I used a wire whisk, and was careful to break up any cocoa clumps.) Then, transfer it to an un-greased 13x9x2 inch metal baking pan. Form three wells in dry mixture. Pour oil into one well, vinegar in one and vanilla in one. Pour cold coffee over all ingredients and stir with a large fork or whisk until well mixed. (I started with the fork but switched to the whisk, and found it much better than the fork to get all of the dry ingredients combined.) DO NOT BEAT.
Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes.
There. That's better. It's quick and easy to prep, bakes quickly and turns out very well. Enjoy!
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