Here's what you need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup cooking oil (vegetable will do... I used Olive Oil)
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups cold water
Next, make three wells.
Pour the oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract each into their own wells.
Now pour the water over it all, and mix it together.
Pour into your cake pan. I chose to line mine with parchment paper because I wanted to take the cake out of the pan to decorate. Also, cleanup is a snap. You can opt to use cooking spray or nothing at all if you plan on just slicing it from the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes a toothpick (or wooden chopstick in my case) inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool thoroughly and decorate as desired!
I made this cake yesterday, and in honor of Valentine's Day, I chose strawberry frosting. It was super yummy. The kids loved it.
I'm not a professional cake decorator. Just make it and eat it. Trust me.