Isabelle Jurinjak’s Magic Chocolate Cake

This cake has been made in my family ever since I can remember. It’s magical. It has vinegar and no eggs in it! You don’t even taste the vinegar, and it makes a beautiful, moist cake every time. The frosting is delectable and warrants picking at the leftovers in the pan for a day. Or two :)

I made this into cupcakes for our Sunday School class (Matt & I team teach the youth ages 12-18).

Isabelle Jurinjak's Magic Chocolate Cake
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Serves: 24
  • For the cake:
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • ¾ c. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 6 T. cocoa
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 t. salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • ¼ c. milk
  1. For the cake - mix all ingredients and pour into greased 9x13 pan (or 24 muffin tins). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
  2. For the frosting - combine in saucepan and bring to a boil. Cool slightly and add about one box of powdered sugar. Mix with a wire whisk until desired consistency.



  1. Oh man, that looks irresistible. What an adorable blog you have!

  2. Family recipes are the best:) That frosting looks especially amazing.

  3. Thank you! :)

  4. Ray Jurinjak says:

    Cousin Kara, your mom was a great cook, spent a few days with them in MO.
    I will have to try this .

    • Hi Ray, I think you have me confused with someone else! My mom got the recipe from Isabelle when they lived in Santa Maria, CA. They did live in MO for a while too at the same time though!

  5. Jerry Shannon says:

    Well, it’s a small world. I went to grammar and high school with Isabelle Jurinjaks daughters in Arroyo Grande California. They later moved to Santa Maria. She used to play the piano for our little grammar school programs. She was a great lady. I will have to try the cupcakes. All the best.

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