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Yield: 9 Servings

Madcap Cake


  • 1½ cups sifted flour
  • 3 tablespoons dry breakfast cocoa (not instant)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned applesauce


  1. Sift first five ingredients into 8-inch square cake pan.
  2. Make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour vinegar into one, vanilla into the second, and oil into the third.
  4. Spoon applesauce over all. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  6. When cool, cut in squares; top with whipped cream.


For an extra little taste treat, try flavoring the whipped cream with a little dry instant coffee before popping a dollop on top of the cake. It's a nice flavor combination.

Madcap Cake

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Larry Martin

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

It was great to see this recipe, my mother got the same exact recipe from the Oakland Tribune in the early 60's. Been eating and making it with a few alterations for ever.

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