Chocolate Depression Cake

Chocolate Depression Cake

Depression as in The Great Depression, not depression as in “this cake will cure your depression.” 😅Since a lot of us are experiencing ingredient shortages right now, I thought there was no better time to post this Chocolate Depression Cake (also known as Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake), which was also born out of a time when ingredients were in limited supply—The Great Depression. This unique cake is rich and chocolatey without using any eggs, milk, or butter. A cake without butter?? So “wacky,” I know. 


For the cake:

  • 1 ½ cup. All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup. Cocoa Powder
  • ⅓ cup. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup. Sugar
  • 1 cup. Water
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. White Vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Milk
  • 3 tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

How To Make Chocolate Depression Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the cake until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour the batter into a 9×9 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the icing until creamy and smooth.
  5. Spread the icing over the cooled cake and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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