Santa’s White Christmas Wacky Cake

This recipe was written and developed by Mary Haymaker of and @chattavore

Santa’s White Christmas Wacky Cake is super-easy-mixed in one pan-and so delicious with coconut, caramel, and vanilla flavors! Wacky cake is a classic dessert and this one is full of holiday flavors. Everyone will love it! Everything you need is in your pantry – flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, oil, vinegar, and coffee. Santa’s White Christmas coffee from Barnie’s Coffee makes it even more tasty, especially with that coconut cream cheese icing!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • heaping 1/4 cup natural cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Barnie's Santa's White Christmas coffee

For the icing

  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brewed Santa’s White Christmas coffee
  • Sweetened, shredded coconut (optional, for topping)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350? Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in an 8-inch ungreased square glass or ceramic pan and use a fork to combine.
  3. Create 3 wells in the dry ingredients. Place the vinegar in one, the vanilla in another, and the oil in the third. Pour the coffee over the top and use the fork to combine the ingredients completely.
  4. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
  5. To make the icing: in a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and butter with a wooden spoon or an electric hand mixer until smooth and well-combined. Add the sifted powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and coffee. Stir or cream together until well-combined. If you mix it by hand there may be a few lumps but it will not affect the flavor. Spread the icing over the cooled cake. Top with shredded coconut, if desired.

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