That Kramer Crazy Cake

If you’re ever been to our house, there’s a good chance you’ve had “that Kramer Crazy Cake”.  We’re known for it.  Honest, we are.

Here’s a picture of our son Karl showing it off.


Years ago my mom made it.  It’s a cake recipe that doesn’t use eggs or milk.  It’s super dense and everyone here loves it.  Traditionally people make it in a normal 9 x 13 pan but here, it’s always made in a bundt cake pan….ALWAYS.  Our theory is that the cake is moister that way…  (yes, we even make theories about the cake)

Karl has taken my recipe and perfected it.  I can make it..he can make it.  His is always better.  One of the kids for their graduation party didn’t want bars or boughten cake.  They wanted this…and that’s what we did.  We made 8 of these cakes.

When Karl was in high school a friend of his came over.  She asked me if the cake was real because there was ALWAYS a cake in the cake take.  I said yep…it’s real.
I was really surprised to find that the cake recipe wasn’t on the blog.  REALLY surprised.  It’s time to remedy that and share the recipe.  Here it is….
In a mixing bowl mix together:
3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 teaspoon soda

Make three holes in your mixture..a small, medium and large.
In the small put 2 teaspoons of vanilla
In the medium put 3 Tablespoons of vinegar usually white but have used apple kind too.
In the large put 3/4 cup of vegetable oil

Over the top pour 2 cups of water.  Mix.

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.  Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes…350 degrees.  Karl says the secret is to take it out the minute you smell it.

Let it cool for 10 minutes then flip the cake out.

For frosting:
4 oz of cream cheese softened
1/2 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
then add enough powdered sugar to get the consistency of frosting that you like.  We like our drizzly but not runny.

There you have it…the not so secret but completely yummy recipe.  This is by far Hubby’s all time favorite dessert ever….

When Karl comes home from college, his first order of business is to make his dad a cake.  For some reason…Karl is the master of this.  He has made several over his college years.  He’s even made them for his fraternity to take to a neighboring sorority.

It’s a rich, deep, moist cake….if you’re a fluffy cake lover, you might not like it but we sure do!

16 thoughts on “That Kramer Crazy Cake”

  1. Sounds yummy. I may have to try one for the reunion this summer. Thanks for the recipe. Happy 4th to you and the family. Enjoy!!!

  2. Debra Hageman

    I’ve made that cake for years, too! I always frost mine with the cooked chocolate fudge frosting….you just can’t have too much chocolate, you know :)

  3. I’m assuming the oven temp is 350. This is the perfect cake for my grandson who is allergic to both eggs and milk. Course I wouldn’t be using cream cheese. Thanks

  4. Does the water need to be hot? I have a chocolate cake recipe that uses hot water. Can’t wait to try this – I’ll take it to the Sale Barn because it’s probably not a good idea to make it just for DH and me. I’d be too tempted to eat the whole thing! Thanks for sharing it, Jo!

  5. Around here it’s known as Dad’s cake, since he learned how when I was working ‘in town ‘! It was sad when we found we couldn’t have wheat because of Celiacs disease. Then we found a gluten free all purpose blend and everybody’s happy again! So your family can all share in the GF version!

  6. “Crazy Cake”!!!!! From eons ago!!!! My recipe has 3 layers: cake (major ‘yum’!), a white fluffy heavenly smooth ‘filling’ layer and a thin melted chocolate layer. Sometimes I make it where the white layer is tinted green and flavored with mint……hmmmmm…..chocolate and mint……AWESOME!!!!!!!

  7. My aunt called it Wacky Cake. Goes by a variety of names, doesn’t it! Will Carl have time for a blog on his school year? I’ll guess he’d rather be with the dad, mom, new babies, his twin Carver, and all the family!

  8. My mom used to make thos when we were kids. Her recipe book called it “crazy cake”. She would use a chocolate frosting made with marshmallows. It was excellent!

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