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.
- 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
- 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.