Depression Era Chocolate Cake ~ WACKY CAKE

A moist, dairy free cake (no eggs, butter or milk)

Preheat oven to 350F.

  • 1 ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp soda
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa (if you want chocolate, instead of vanilla) See below if you want a spice cake.

Place this mixture in an 8″x8″ pan.  Use the back of a spoon to make three holes. Into each of the holes put:
A. 1 tsp vanilla extract
B. 1 Tbsp vinegar (either distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar is fine)
C. 5 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
D. Pour 1 cup hot water over all ingredients and stir thoroughly until just combined.
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Bake on middle rack of pre-heated oven for 30-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Oven baking times may vary, be sure to check your cake to make sure you do not over bake.)

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

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FROSTING IDEAS

  • Frost with your favorite icing. Peppermint extract in frosting for a mint cake
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • Chocolate syrup is great with ice cream.
  • If trying to avoid dairy, you can frost it with Crisco Frosting or this Fluffy Dairy-Free Frosting Recipe
  • A tablespoon of honey  with the confectioner’s sugar makes it better, some claim.
  • Great served warm with just ice cream or Cool Whip topping it.

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For Spice Cake   omit the chocolate and add:

  • ½ – ¾  cinnamon (some recipes say up to 2 teaspoons)
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ -½  teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
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How many of these did our grandparents and parents, who lived through the depression, fix for us? : Depression Foods that were actually very good and may help us save money today. 

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