Jiffy Chocolate Cake

This is a recipe my wife loved when she was small. I'm messing with it to make it different, but the original is here. Mods will follow in the comments.


  • 11/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 T cocoa
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • 5 T melted butter
  • 1 cup warm water.

Mix dry ingredients. Make 3 indentations.
Place the wet ingredients in the wells and pour over the cup of water.
Mix. Pour into an 8 x 8" pan.

Bake for 35 min at 350°F

OK, the first modification I'll make is that I'll put the wet ingredients together first and add them all together to the dry ingredients.

ok, so to make it ginger cake:

switch to brown sugar

oil instead of melted butter

remove the cocoa and add 1 1/2 T powdered ginger

add a splash of molasses. I used about 1 T, but it could have had a bit more.

I would suggest omitting the second 1/2 tsp salt.

Mixing all the wet ingredients and them adding them to the dry makes for a softer, slightly crumbier cake. We're used to a cake with a firmer texture that cuts cleanly. Both versions are tasty, though.

I fixed the second "1/2 tsp. salt"

the texture does change depending on how this is mixed. I still haven't made it like the original. I'll have to try again.