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5 from 9 votes

The best crack cake recipe ever (not overly sweet)

This crack cake recipe uses alcohol removed wine for the perfect alcohol free cake. It also uses less sugar to balance out the sweetness of the cake itself.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 443Calories


  • bundt cake pan


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white wine** I used alcohol free wine.

For the butter wine syrup

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine** I used non alcoholic wine


  • Start by preheating the oven to 350F, then grease and flour your bundt cake pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients using a whisk, a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Make the butter and wine syrup

  • About 5-10 minutes before the cake is done baking, place the butter, sugar, and wine in a sauce pan and cook until the butter is fully melted and the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the butter sauce over your hot cake as soon as you pull it out of the oven. Let the cake absorb all the syrup this can take 15-20 minutes then turn the cake onto a cake plate, shake it a bit until it comes off and serve.


**If you want to make this crack cake with no alcohol, you can substitute the wine that's in the cake batter with milk or butter milk. 
You can also substitute the ¼ cup wine in the butter sauce with a 1:1 ratio of water with a little sext of lemon or orange for an extra depth of flavor. 
You can also substitute the white wine with white grape juice as well for a fully alcohol free cake. 
This cake can be store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.  


Calories: 443Calories | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg