Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Honestly the old recipes are sometimes the very best.  This cake doesn’t take any fancy ingredients, everything is sitting in your pantry already.  Takes less than 10 minutes to stir together and 25 minutes to bake.

Makes a 8×8 cake and it is so moist that no frosting is needed.  Just dust the top with powdered sugar and call it finished.

Don’t let the title scare you off.  Can’t taste the vinegar at all.  So what does the vinegar do? Vinegar reacts with the baking soda to create a moist and tender crumb.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup warm water
6 Tablespoon oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a medium bowl.

Add vinegar, vanilla, water and oil to the dry mix.  Stir everything together.  The batter will be runny.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish and pour batter in baking dish.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.


Vinegar Chocolate Cake

57 thoughts on “Vinegar Chocolate Cake

  1. OK I’ve never thought about putting vinegar in a cake. It is really interesting to me and I am intrigued to try it. It sounds like it’s going to taste really good.

  2. I’m all about the chocolate! I’m sure I’d love this. I’ve never tried cake without frosting, but I’m all about powdered sugar.

  3. Oldies, but goodies! I would have never thought to ass vinegar to a cake, but I am definitely will to try this one.

  4. I know what vinegar and baking soda does when it comes to cleaning but to have them together as ingredients in a cake? I did not even know it was possible. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I do love cakes that are fluffy and moist!

  5. Okay. I have the worst stocked pantry and yet I have everything needed for this recipe. I’m going to give this a try and see what my family thinks of it. It will be the first time I’ve ever baked with vinegar.

  6. That sounds very interesting. I definitely don’t have anything against vinegar – I drink a glass of hot water mixed with honey and apple cider vinegar every day! I’ll have to give this a try.

  7. I’ve never heard of this, but it looks simple and delicious! I would have never thought of using vinegar, but the science behind it makes sense!

  8. This is the second day in a row I have seen something about putting vinegar in a cake. I had never heard of it before but with two days in a row that must mean something good. I’ll be giving this a try for sure. I’m up for anything that will make a cake super moist!

  9. The vinegar didn’t scare me off at all…it’s actually what drew me in. My favorite double-chocolate crunch muffins have red wine vinegar in them, and the are fabulous. I love it’s tenderizing powers. I cannot WAIT to make this cake. 😉 Stopping by from the Bloggers Pit Stop!

  10. Wow! This is so interesting to me. I’ve never heard of using vinegar in a cake before! Sounds like a fun science experiment.

  11. I love that vinegar is used to make this cake moist instead of water or rum. It’s definitely something that I wouldn’t mind making for me and my husband or whenever we’re having friends over.

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