I came across this recipe for a cake that doesn’t use eggs, butter or milk which I thought was interesting. It is called a Depression Cake because it was popular during the Great Depression when those items were either hard to find or very expensive.
It also works for anyone who is eating dairy free. I have also more recently heard it called a Wacky Cake. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet but this particular one is from www.kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Deep Depression Cake
1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 c. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-9nch square pan with butter. In the greased pan combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Whisk lightly with a fork or small whisk to combine. Make two small wells on the sides and one large well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the vinegar into one small well and the vanilla into the other small well then pour the oil into the large well, if they spill over the wells that’s perfectly okay. Pour the water over the top and whisk again to combine thoroughly.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can make this into a vanilla version by omitting the cocoa powder and increasing the vanilla extract to 1 ½ tsp.