Depression Cakes: Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Baking
What is a Depression Cake?
Depression cake got it's name from a cake that was typically made during the Great Depression. This type of cake is also good for people with certain food allergies, because they are usually made without milk, eggs, or butter.
I will give some recipes and more information about these cakes in this lens.
Chocolate Depression Bundt Cake Recipe
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
9 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9-inch bundt pan.
In a large bowl, sift together flour and cocoa powder. Whisk together sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Next, pour in water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and vinegar, whisking thoroughly, until the batter comes together and is quite smooth.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350F, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake springs back when gently pressed.
Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cake as cooled, you can top with a glaze of your choice if desired.
Chocolate Depression Cake
For those who love chocolate...
1 2/3 cup flour
1 cup brown or white sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vinegar
Grease and flour 8x8 inch pan, or you can double this recipe and use a 9x13 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thoroughly mix together all ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
You can decorate the top of this cake by sprinkling it with powdered sugar while the cake is still hot if desired.
Why vinegar in a cake recipe?
Vinegar is an acid, and it reacts with the baking soda to start a chemical reaction that makes the batter rise as it bakes. This is especially important when there are no eggs in the recipe.
Dont worry, though, you won't taste the vinegar in the finished product!
Another version of the depression cake recipe
This recipe has a flavor like a spice cake.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water, apple juice, or strong coffee
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups raisins or pitted prunes
1 medium apple, peeled and shredded
2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup nuts can be added if you like, but not required
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium saucepan, simmer water (or coffee or apple juice) sugar, shortening, raisins, and apple together for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cool another 10 minutes.
In large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and nuts (if desired). Pour cooled sugar-raisin mixture into dry ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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