Cinnamon Crazy Cake

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Cinnamon Crazy Cakeor some call it Wacky Cake – is a delicious dessert with zero eggs, milk or butter. Making a cake without those kitchen staples sounds, well, crazy!

We made a chocolate version of this Depression Cake that you might want to check out as well!

Cinnamon Depression Cake - or some call it Crazy Cake - is a delicious dessert with zero eggs, milk or butter.

Cinnamon Cazy Cake

For those wondering, the reason this dessert carries the name it does, is because the recipe originated during The Great Depression.

Back then, eggs, milk and butter were items that were hard to come by. So, the brilliant minds created a way to have cake without it. (They sound like my kind of people.)

Crazy Cake no eggs, milk or butter.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Flour. We’re using All-Purpose flour for this recipe since we are adding in salt and baking soda. (Self-Rising flour already has those things included.)
  • Sugar. Every good recipe has sugar.
  • Baking Soda. If all you have in the kitchen is self-rising flour, leave this out.
  • Salt. Same for this ingredient: if using self-rising, leave this out.
  • Nutmeg. You don’t need much of this spice because it has a very intense flavor.
  • Ginger. You’ll need even less of this spice! Ginger is super strong and even a little spicy.
  • Ground Cloves. This spice is really warm and pretty similar to nutmeg.
  • Cinnamon. This is what adds the most flavor to your cake.
  • Canola Oil. 
  • Distilled White Vinegar.
  • Vanilla Extract. Any vanilla is fine to use, but when it has the word “imitation” on it, it isn’t quite as tasty as the real stuff.
  • Water.
Cinnamon Depression Cake

How To Make Crazy Cake

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients. Combine all of your spices with the rest of the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Make wells. Use a spoon to create three little wells in mixture that you can pour the wet ingredients into.
  3. Add wet ingredients. Each well gets one of the wet ingredients and the water covers all of it.
  4. Mix. Stir everything up.
  5. Bake. Cook this cake in a glass pan for a little under half an hour.
Cinnamon Cake

Make The Cream Cheese Frosting

This part is super easy. Just use a mixer to beat the cream cheese and then add in vanilla and powdered sugar. You can sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top if you want.

Frost the cake and you’re all done!

Cinnamon Cake

More Easy Cake Recipes To Try

Thin Mint Chocolate Poke Cake

No-Bake Strawberry Lemon Icebox Dessert

Cherry Garcia Sheet Cake

No-Bake Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake

Cinnamon Crazy Cake - or some call it Crazy Cake - is a delicious dessert with zero eggs, milk or butter.
5 from 9 votes

Cinnamon Depression Cake

Cinnamon Depression Cakeor some call it Crazy Cake – is a soft, tender cake with zero eggs, milk or butter. Top it off with cream cheese frosting!
Servings: 16
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cups Canola oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and ginger.
  • Make 3 wells in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the vanilla into one well.
  • Vinegar into a second one.
  • Canola oil into the third one.
  • Pour cold water over the ingredients in the bowl.
  • Mix until combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the glass pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting Directions

  • Using a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and mix until smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  • Spread onto the cooled cake.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the cake.
  • Place into the fridge overnight.
  • Cut and serve!

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Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg


Cinnamon Crazy Cake