1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil, applesauce or a combination of the 2
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 or 9 inch baking dish. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a small bowl (or in a 2 cup measuring cup) mix wet ingredients together. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a fork or an electric mixer until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Chocolate chip cake: sprinkle 1/3-2/3 cups of chocolate chips on top of the cake before baking.
Chocolate cake: add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. For double chocolate cake, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the cake before baking. Try using almond extract instead of vanilla for a nice flavor.
Spice cake: Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the dry ingredients. Omit the vanilla from the wet ingredients.
Ginger Molasses cake: reduce sugar and water to 3/4 cup. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 1-3 tsp ginger (or 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger) to the dry ingredients. Add 1/4 cup molasses to the wet ingredients and omit the vanilla.
Banana cake: reduce sugar to 2/3 cup. Instead of 1 cup water, use 1 cup mashed banana and a little nondairy milk if the batter is too thick.
All the cakes can be doubled in size. Use a 9X13 inch pan and bake 35-45 minutes (check with a knife or toothpick)