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This chocolate cake recipe from Lucinda Scala Quinn's "Mad Hungry" cookbook involves minimal cleanup -- the ingredients are blended in the very pan that goes into the oven.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2009




To make this recipe as prepared on "Mad Hungry" TV, top your chocolate cake with this Simple Buttercream frosting.

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  • susanatgilbertaz
    24 AUG, 2016
    I wonder why the author of the Mad Hungry cookbook called this Busy Day Dump Cake? I hope she wrote in her cookbook that this recipe is not an original from her. It is the EXACT same ingredients as WACKY CAKE. I am 70 years old and my grandmother made this cake when I was very young. This recipe showed up shortly after WWII and was thought to be concocted because of rationing. At that time, eggs, butter and milk were scarce.
    • MS11903936
      22 FEB, 2018
      Thank you for the comment! I suppose since "dump" everything is "in". I never knew the story about the Wacky cake and the rationing. Good to know!
  • halfnelson79079
    22 FEB, 2018
    I have this recipe and one for white (crazy) cake. They are quick and wonderful cakes. I have frosted, added nuts and fruit, liquid flavoring. My favorite is cranberries, bitter chocolate and pecans. No frosting.I have served these cakes to guests and on special occasions. The dish is always empty! To the chocolate ! like to add orange extract, excellent with espresso!! Enjoy!!raf
  • MS11391672
    19 OCT, 2017
    When I clicked on the simple buttercream, the site took be back to the cake recipe-3 times. I often find there are glitches in navigating the website.
  • jasnaoklop50
    15 SEP, 2017
    Dear Martha,I am frim Croatia,please can I get meausers in grams/ml? No way with cups.I like your..everything.And you:))
    • ladk29087499
      20 OCT, 2017
      You can use a teacup, it works well. Or you can buy a cup-set. This is not expansive and very handy. I am French.
  • summrbrz
    15 SEP, 2017
    Just took it out of the oven at 30 minutes (toothpick is clean!). I also used a Pyrex pan, so I lowered my cooking temp to 325 deg. Looks dark and dense. I'll let it cool completely as instructed.
  • MS10207203
    8 MAY, 2017
    One of the easiest and tastiest cakes. My family just love it. It is very moist and many people would have all the ingredients in their pantry. I make it quite frequently especially when company is coming. It's a keeper that is for sure.
  • Dudley90029
    29 MAR, 2017
    I really like this cake. I've made it twice and everyone loves it - it's very moist but also light. First time I made it I dusted it with powdered sugar, second time I didn't use any topping - just cut it up into little squares. You'll want to let it cool otherwise it will fall apart when you try to cut it. Last time I made it I had to use extra virgin olive oil (ran out of canola oil) and I think it added a very nice fruity flavor - I recommend trying it!
  • gotta_jet_numb1
    27 JAN, 2017
    This was the first cake I've ever made and it was great! I made some modifications to the recipe. 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead of 3 tbsps. 1 cup of cold instant coffee instead of 1 cup of cold water. Baking time was reduce to 25 to 30 mins instead of 35 to 40 mins. I started to check the cake at 25 mins and if it was still gooey, I baked it for one min each until the toothpick came out clear. To prevent the cake from sticking, I oiled, parchment lined and oiled again the pan.
  • juliemperry67g
    15 SEP, 2016
    This was awful. Ate you sure 1 tablespoon white vinegar? The end product tasted vinegary.
  • MS11032757
    24 AUG, 2016
    This is the perfect size cake for 2 people and I have been making it since I was a kid (50 yrs or so). For a change-up, I sometimes use a flavored oil like blood orange or raspberry and I always use leftover coffee in place of water in chocolate cakes. It doesn't taste like coffee just a very deep chocolate. This cake stays moist for days and is a favorite around here. Plus NO CLEANUP. Always a plus. If you don't want to make icing, it is also wonderful with powdered sugar.

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