Chocolate Banana Crazy Cake (No Butter, Eggs, Milk or Mess) ~ Inspired by the Depression Era Recipe (aka Wacky Cake) w/ GF Option

by June Fuentes on June 5, 2017 in Dinner Table, Food, Fun


“But oh, Marilla, will you let me make a cake for the occasion?
I’d love to do something for Mrs. Allan,
and you know I can make a pretty good cake by this time.”
~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



Welcome to the third edition in our Depression-Era inspired crazy cake series! This recipe is an ode to frugal, “use it up” and from the pantry baking. Need to make a dessert in a hurry but your fridge is empty? Do you need to serve someone with food allergies? Are you trying to learn some basic and inexpensive baking recipes? If so, read on dear homemaker! Help is here! 🙂



  • 2 2/3  c. flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar (you can get away with using 1 1/4 c. if you are trying to use less sugar)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda (3 tsp. if using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • Approx. 3 – 4 over-ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. oil (we use sunflower oil)
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free cake)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in an “un-greased” 9 by 13 inch pan.
Gently stir the dry ingredients inside the pan until they are somewhat blended.
Puree or finely mash together (in a separate bowl) the bananas and water. I used our Nutribullet to make quick work of it.



Add the banana and water mixture, oil, vinegar and vanilla extract to the pan. Stir the batter directly in the pan until combined.

Before placing in the oven, make sure the batter is even and smooth across the top.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 – 40 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean). Cool on a wire rack before serving. Frost or ice if desired — once cooled. 


You will find our printable recipe HERE!

If you enjoyed this one, you may also be interested in our carrot crazy cake and our banana crazy cake which are of the same concept.


Happy homemaking ladies!

Love, JES


JES has been the wife to her “one and only” for 19 years. She is a homeschooling mother who embraces her role as “keeper at home”. Her desire is to give frugal inspiration and ideas for all-natural homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading. She shares these old fashioned loves at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth.

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Sammi Ricke June 7, 2017

This recipe has my mouth watering! I have never baked a crazy cake before…I think it is time to start! Thanks for sharing this frugal and yummy recipe with all of us. 🙂

Theresa Boedeker June 7, 2017

This looks like a fun cake to make. And easy. I also have lots of bananas. Planning to make it this afternoon and surprise the family.

Karla Neese June 9, 2017

My girls are grown and have left home but I hope I’ve instilled in them at least the basic skills for keeping and godly home.

This recipe looks like a keeper!

Jan Taylor June 9, 2017

Thank you for sharing, looks to be a good recipe.

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