Saturday, 4 June 2016

Depression Cake - also known as a War Cake or a Chocolate Crazy Cake


This cake was created and cooked during the depression because it needed no eggs, milk or butter.  You think it would be hard to make a cake without these 3 basics but women of this generation were extremely clever and adept at making a lot out of nothing.  Baking powder must also have been scarce, as this particular version of the cake has none.  Alas, it did not rise.  It is a very moist and dense cake.  Similar to a mud cake.  If you want it to be lighter and rise, I would add baking powder or simply substitute plain flour for SR flour.

This cake is all mixed and cooked in the same bowl.  



Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups of flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup sugar (all purpose granulated pure cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water





Method:
  • Mix all 5 dry ingredients in an 8” well greased baking dish.
  • Make 3 depressions.  2 small and 1 larger. Pour vinegar in 1 small depression.  Vanilla in the other small one.  Vegetable oil in the larger one.
  • Pour water over all ingredients.
  • Mix well until smooth.
  • Preheat oven (or camp oven) to medium heat (178 C) and bake on a middle oven rack or on a trivet if using camp oven.
  • Bake for up to 35 mins – 45 mins. 
  • Poke with a toothpick to see if cooked.  Toothpick should come out clean.
NB: Check regularly to ensure you don’t over bake it.




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