Black Joe Cake

Black Joe Cake

22 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
Recipe by  shirleyo

“This is similar to crazy cake and contains no eggs, butter or milk. It's very good with peanut butter frosting.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 1 - 9x13 inch pan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and cocoa. Measure and combine water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into flour mixture and beat until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

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Miriam Hughes

Miriam Hughes

This is an excellent cake...if you want to make it a no-fat cake you can substitute apple sauce straight across for the vegetable oil...great for those on Weight Watchers! And it still tastes fantastic.



Delicious and so easy! After reading some other reviews I took a chance and made some changes that I think improved the cake immensely. I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of mayonnaise (I know, it sounds strange but it really is a great addition!) Takes away the nonfat aspect of the recipe but adds a richness for just a few extra calories.



Surprisingly excellent! For a slightly healthier version, I made the following subsitutions: for 2 c sugar, I used 1/2 c honey & 3/4 c sugar. For 3 c flour, I used a mixture of white & whole wheat flour (more wheat than white). For 2 c water, I used 1 c "Lite" coconut milk and 1/2 c water. I added 2 T cocoa. The texture was medium. The cake was moist and sweet. I used a made-up coconut frosting and sprinkled coconut flakes on the top and used a berry jelly/honey mixture in between the layers. I baked it at 160 C for 30 min on "pastry mode" and it rose nicely. I will definitely make this recipe again.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 411 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 58.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 211 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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