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Christmas Spirit with Sandy's 'Wacky Cake'

This has been a firm favourite at church picnics over the years, according to reliable sources in the congregation.


  • 12oz/340g plain flour (dry measure into measuring cup)

  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 8oz/225g sugar (use measuring cup)

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence

  • 1 tbsp. vinegar

  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil


  1. Sift all dry ingredients into an ungreased cake tin (about 8 inch or 23cm square tin).

  2. Make three depressions into the dry ingredients and put into the different holes the vanilla, vinegar, and vegetable oil.

  3. Pour over all 8 fluid oz/ 235ml of warm water. Stir until a thin, well mixed smooth batter forms.

  4. Put into 350F/180C/160C fan oven/Gas 4 for 30 minutes and 'hope for the best'.

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