I was talking about this cake with one of the lieutenants in our office today. It's tried and true and pretty much fail proof. You mix it all in one pan, bake for a short time and all you need is a tub of Cool Whip and you've got yourself a delicious treat!
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda (be sure this is not too old)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbls. white vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I like canola)
2 tsp. vanilla extract (growing up we always used imitation, but use real)
2 cups water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 9"x13" pan add all of the dry ingredients and mix well with a fork.
Add to the dry mixture the oil, vanilla extract and white vinegar, and then pour the water over all and mix well. DO NOT BEAT. The batter will start to get slightly foamy. Be sure to mix in all of the edges and incorporate all of the dry ingredients. There will be lumps, but don't worry as these will bake out.
Slip pan into the hot oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let cake cool thoroughly and cut and serve with whipped topping and enjoy!
Smelling this cake bake really brings back a lot of good memories. We were always dessert people, enjoying cake or cookies or pudding or whatnot, and this cake really is comfort food to me.
I plan on taking this cake in to work along with some whipped topping and a recipe card to share.