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Depression Cake

No eggs, no milk, no butter? No problem
Moist, chocolate-y delicious and easy as can be to mix together. Give this a try after supper tonight. Photo: Denise Holm

Denise Holm, with payroll administration for Great West Newspapers, explains her love for Depression Cake. "My sister is my source for farm fresh eggs.  As I have not seen her in almost 8 weeks, eggs are a precious commodity to me.  This cake was made during the Depression when there was a short supply of milk, eggs, and butter.  I love it because it’s easy, I have all the ingredients in the house, and it only makes an 8” square cake, not too much for one person."

Depression Cake


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt


1 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350

Grease an 8 x 8 square baking pan

Mix dry ingredients in pan, create a few wells and add vinegar to one, vanilla to other and vegetable oil to third. Pour water over top of all and mix well. 

Bake 30-35 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Don't overbake!

Eat as is, or top with favorite frosting.