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Depression Cake

This chocolate cake recipe has been around since The Great Depression. Today it is known as Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake because it is milkless, eggless and butterless. It was also made during wartime when butter, eggs and milk were scarce and expensive. The ingredients are mixed in the pan you bake it in. Even with the missing ingredients it is super moist and rich.



1½ cups flour

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1-teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup vegetable oil

1-cup water or 1 cup black coffee  



Preheat oven to 180˚C or 160˚C fan-forced. Grease an 8 inch square cake pan. 
1. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt in cake pan and stir.

2.Create 2 small and 1 large depression in the surface of the dry ingredients. Pour vanilla and vinegar into a small depression and vegetable oil into the large depression.

3.Pour water or coffee over surface and stir until batter forms.


Bake for 35 minutes.  


Ice with chocolate frosting if desired.       

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