Amidst the trials of the Great Depression, a unique chocolate cake was born. The Chocolate Depression Cake emerged as an embodiment of resilience, ingenuity, and the spirit of making the most out of limited resources. Fast forward to today, with living costs soaring, it remains a symbol of hope and deliciousness. This cake is not just chocolatey; it’s a revelation. With no eggs, milk, or butter, every bite is a surprise. And guess what? The icing is vegan-friendly too! Dive into this recipe, revel in its rich flavor, and don’t forget to share with friends because such delightful experiences are meant to be shared.
For the Chocolate Cake:
180g (1 1/2 cups) plain or all-purpose flour
198g (1 cup) granulated sugar
6g (1 tsp.) baking soda (or bicarbonate soda)
3g (1/2 tsp.) salt
40g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil (or other neutral cooking oil)
15ml (1 tbsp.) apple cider vinegar (or other light vinegar)
5ml (1 tsp.) vanilla extract
236ml (1 cup) water
For the Chocolate Icing:
170g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar (also known as powdered sugar)
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
45ml (3 tbsp.) water
5ml (1 tsp.) vanilla extract
Warm Start: Preheat your oven to 180C | 350F. Line an 8” square pan with parchment paper for a smooth baking process.
Dry Mix: In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Ensure a uniform mix for that consistent chocolate goodness.
Liquid Fusion: In a separate container, mix water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. A gentle stir is all it needs.
Blend It All: Marry the dry and wet ingredients. Add the water-vinegar mixture and vegetable oil to the dry mix. Stir quickly. Aim for a lump-free batter, but a few tiny ones are fine. Remember, speed ensures a splendid rise!
Bake Away: Pour the luscious batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. The aroma will be hard to resist, but patience pays!
Icing Time: While the cake bakes, prepare the icing. Mix icing sugar and cocoa powder. Add vanilla extract, followed by water, one tablespoon at a time. Achieve a consistency that’s easy to spread but holds well on the cake.
Finishing Touch: Once the cake cools, lavishly spread the chocolate icing. Let it set. Feel free to garnish with sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or candies. Slice, serve, and savor!
The Chocolate Depression Cake is not just a dessert; it’s history served on a plate. Rich, chocolatey, and unbelievably moist, it’s a vegan marvel that’s stood the test of time. Even days post-baking, its moistness remains, making it a favorite. Friends, colleagues, or family, share a slice, and they’ll be amazed it’s vegan. In today’s times, this cake serves as a reminder that simplicity can be deliciously profound. So, indulge in this timeless recipe and share the joy. Because happiness, especially the chocolatey kind, is better when shared!