This vintage chocolate depression cake recipe (wacky cake recipe) is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients in one bowl! It has no butter, no milk, no eggs.
Chocolate Depression Cake Recipe
Chocolate CAKE that is gluten-free and dairy-free! Yes, Ma’am! But you really had me at chocolate!!
I am sure you have noticed that it is entirely difficult to find a delicious chocolate cake, that meets many restrictive diet checkpoints. There aren’t many that fill the bill. Until NOW. This recipe contains no eggs, milk, or butter. A cake that is completely dairy-free and (uh em) gluten-free that is moist.
I can guarantee that this recipe will meet all your criteria
- “MOM” Factor – Not a true rating, but I approve it.
Why is it called a Depression Cake?
This cake born out of an era when supplies were limited (the great depression). Many wanted good tasting desserts, but without eggs, milk, and butter how was that going to happen? The women of the 1930’s figured it out. And can you believe this they also drank their coffee black? They learned to do without the luxury of cream and sugar.
I slightly adjusted this recipe to hit all of my family’s needs. But let’s breakdown the ingredients of this recipe. Substitutions that make the texture and taste the same as a traditional chocolate cake.
Oil instead of butter
The substitution of oil for butter provides the balance this cake needs. Butter in any cake or cookie recipe functions to keep cake soft and tender by coating the flour in fat.
Vinegar and baking soda
Just like the classic “volcano” science experiment, we know that the combination of vinegar and baking soda will cause a BIG rise. In this chocolate depression cake, we are doing away with eggs and causing a slight rise using a small amount of vinegar in combination with baking soda. The results; a light and fluffy cake.
Top with your favorite frosting
First, you can just dust a little powdered sugar on top or be like Me! I enjoy frosting, and we’re not in a depression, so why do without it? Add your favorite frosting recipe to this cake.
Now my grandmother has an amazing depression-era frosting that she developed. We have been using the combination of her frosting recipe and my cake recipe for years. It is a requested cake at our family get-togethers.
However, she will not allow ANY family member to give out her secret recipe. I am hoping I can break her down enough to allow her to let me share it. This recipe also contains NO eggs, NO butter, and now I have adapted it to contain NO milk. I know… I will continue to beg her. What is wacky about her frosting is we make it with flour.
Now doesn’t this cake look just mouthwatering?
Chocolate Depression Cake Recipe
This unique cake is rich and chocolatey without using any eggs, milk, or butter. A cake without butter?? So “wacky,” I know. Now it is your turn to test out this amazing recipe. Time to be amazed.
- 1 ½ cups gluten-free baking flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chocolate frosting for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 11x7
baking dish by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free
flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Make a well in the center of the dry
ingredients. Pour in the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk to
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish
and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the
cake comes out clean.
- Top with chocolate frosting when the cake has
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
If you made this recipe, we would love to hear all about it. Did your family notice a difference from your last chocolate cake you made? Leave us a comment below.
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