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There's a joke recipe for cup cakes which, when demonstrated, starts frothing up in the bowl, anyone know it? Answered

I can remember this from watching it as a child and would love to do it, but I have no idea what the 'secret' ingredient might be - help!


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11 years ago

Actually that sounds like the recipe I have for "wacky cake." No eggs or milk needed but the vinegar & baking soda balance out with the alkaline cocoa and the cake tastes pretty good, though it does froth a great deal in the bowl.


  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water

In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt. Make three wells in the flour mixture. In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil. Pour the cold water over the mixture (This is where the frothing happens) and stir until moistened. Pour into 8 x 8-inch pan. Bake at 350°F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it springs back when touched lightly.

12 years ago

Maybe it's the old volcano experiment, baking soda and vinegar. I guess you are not going to eat it, probably tastes bad. The baking soda mixed into the flour will not be noticeable and the vinegar looks just like water. Add the two, and watch it bubble. Have fun!