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This Chocolate Depression Cake is impossibly rich and decadent, even though there are no eggs, milk, or butter in the recipe! It's no wonder it's earned the name "wacky cake!"

Chocolate Depression Cake (aka "Wacky Cake")

This Chocolate Depression Cake is impossibly rich and decadent, even though there are no eggs, milk, or butter in the recipe! It's no wonder it's earned the name "wacky cake!"
Prep Time 5 mins
35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 180 kcal

Equipment

  • 8x11 inch baking pan
  • whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare an 8-inch square pan with butter or non-stick baking spray.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt directly to the greased pan and carefully whisk to combine.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out one large well or indention in the middle of the dry ingredients, as well as two small wells against the sides of the pan.
  • Pour the vinegar and vanilla into the small wells on the sides and pour the oil in the big well. It's ok if the liquid ingredients spill over onto the rest of the cake.
  • Pour the water over the top of the cake and whisk again to combine everything thoroughly.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool completely and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared. Nutrition info above does not include any additional frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 190mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake, chocolate, easy, sheet cake
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