easy moist and light chocolate cake

easy moist and light chocolate cake

This recipe for chocolate cake is from the time of the Great Depression, it’s a moist and light chocolate cake made without eggs or dairy.

easy moist and light chocolate cake

Depression Cake?  Yep, that’s what I said.

Most of us, myself included, would have thought the name for this cake came from the fact that it is a rich, moist chocolate cake. What’s better for depression than chocolate?
Actually, this is called “depression cake” because the recipe is from the time of the Great Depression when things like eggs, milk, butter, and sugar were really expensive and scarce.

The first time I enjoyed this cake, my friend, Julie, made it for my husband and me.  She had us over for dinner, and this was dessert.  She got the recipe from her Grandmother and told me it was her favorite.  It quickly became one of mine, too.  (and everyone else I have shared it with!)


I first shared this recipe back in June of 2012.  The other day while sharing with you my Chicken Piccata Recipe, it came to mind once again.  As a matter of fact, I couldn’t STOP thinking about it.  

I had to make it.  We had this for dessert Monday night.  It’s one of my hubby’s favorite cakes.  Why?  Because there is no frosting.  Yep. he’s “one of those” who scrape the frosting off of the cake before he eats it.  We like to serve this with a big dollop of whipped cream, but it’s delicious right out of the dish, like a snack cake.


I have come to find out that this cake, or similar cakes that are made without eggs, butter and milk, but utilize vinegar, go by many other names.  The most common name is  “Wacky Cake,” but it’s also been known as “Crazy Cake,”  “Dump Cake,” and “War Cake.”  Names like crazy and wacky come from the fact that most people would wonder just how on earth can you bake a cake without eggs?!

You sure can! Baking without eggs has become even more common in this day and age of so many people having allergies and such.  Eggless cakes are made with things like applesauce, too.  But in the case of this Depression Cake, we rely on the vinegar to do the “fizzy lifting.”

What does vinegar do to cake batter? Vinegar, used as an acid, reacts with the baking soda produces a chemical reaction, making carbon dioxide and give cake (and cookie) batters that lift they need while they bake. Most people think “yuck” when they think of the strong taste that vinegar has, but you won’t even taste it, or believe it’s in there at all!

The result is a nice airy moist chocolate cake, that is inexpensive and simple to make.  I always bake mine in a 9×13 baking dish, but it makes great cupcakes, too

easy moist and light chocolate cake

Like I said, this chocolate cake ranks right up there as one of my favorites.  It’s one, that when I make it, someone always asks for the recipe.  But I have a lot of really good chocolate cake recipes, and I thought while I had you here, I would share a few of them with you next time?


  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 3 cups flour
  3. 5 heaping Tablespoons of cocoa
  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 10 Tablespoons oil
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  9. 2 cups cold water
  10. whipped cream, for serving, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients and pour into an UNGREASED 9×13 pan.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh whipped cream if desired.

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