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Let’s Bake: EP 5 – Puddle Cake!

Puddle Cake

A recipe from my mom's childhood and the 1960's!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Flour
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Cold water


  • Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into ungreased pan.
  • Make three puddles using oil, vinegar, and vanilla
  • Pour cold water over top and stir until mixed.
  • Bake at 305° F (Metal Pan) or 325° F (Glass Pan) for 25-30 min, or until done.

What on earth is a puddle cake? Myke was looking through the recipe book and this one stood out to us. The recipe card looked old and a little worn. Also in the upper right, it said it was from the 1960s! Where did this recipe come from?

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I asked my mom about it and this is a fascinating piece of her history. Which makes this the perfect recipe to make our season finale! My mom used to make this recipe with her friend when she was little. Looking at the recipe, it makes sense, there’s no knives, mixers, or even complex techniques!

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This is a perfect recipe to teach your kids (once they’re old enough to use the oven!), it’s fast, easy and is actually a lot of fun to make!

The recipe gets its name from the fact that you sift all of your dry ingredients into the cake pan, and then make three puddles with the wet ingredients before you mix everything up!

We weren’t particularly successful with the “Puddle” part of the puddle cake, as you can tell by the photos, but it did look really cool!

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If you’re still under some shelter at home orders, and you have the ingredients in the house, trust us and try this recipe this weekend! This cake is light, fluffy, and downright delicious!

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  • Karen

    We called it wacky cake, and this was our go to cake when we were kids in the 60s. We loved the reaction of the vinegar and baking soda. We mixed it with a fork. Just remember to mix the corners well. I remember flour corners sometimes since the kids always made it.

    • Allison

      Wacky Cake! Love that. The fork is a good idea! The whisk worked great too, but I will totally try it with fork next time. Thank you so much for commenting!

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