Skip-The-Change & Keep (this) WWII-Style Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

I think they had it right in the 40’s.  Despite food rations, the war, AND the draft – people still made Chocolate Cake.  Now, I’m impressed.

This recipe came from here – on a beautiful blog called “Kurry Leaves.”  I found it during a search for Vegan Chocolate Cake, and it will forever be a go-to chocolate cake recipe.  It’s that good.  A few things that make it awesome:

  • it’s cheap
  • it only uses THREE tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • (I) never have to buy baking powder again! (this cake requires vinegar and baking soda)
  • it doesn’t call for milk (really great when the supply is low and you REALLY just want to use it for coffee)

Now, before we begin, I made ONE teensy weensy change to the recipe, because I didn’t have the ingredient.  In fact, I refuse to buy SAID ingredient until I can make my own.  If only I had vodka [to make vanilla extract].  The change is in parenthesis below.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract (OR 2 Tablespoons maple syrup)
oil or vegan butter for coating the pan

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Get two mixing bowls; one large and one medium-sized.  In the large bowl, mix together: flour, salt, cocoa, and baking soda.  In the medium bowl, mix: sugar, oil, water, vinegar, and maple syrup.  Pour wet ingredients into large mixing bowl of dry ingredients.  Mix until batter is smooth.  Melt butter and coat the insides of any one of these: a cake pan, baking pan, or muffin tins.  For the cake or baking pan, bake for 35 minutes.  For a mini muffin pan, bake for 8-10 mins.  Test for doneness with a toothpick.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Potential cake toppings: vegan buttercream icing with coconut bacon and/or crushed potato chips, CHOCOLATE icing, Blueberry-colored vegan buttercream icing, chocolate ganache, powdered sugar… SPRINKLES… broccoli… ice cream.  And, those are your choices.

Makes: one cake layer

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake
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5 thoughts on “Skip-The-Change & Keep (this) WWII-Style Chocolate Cake

  1. I seen this recipe on Pinterest! Was surprised when reading about the reasoning behind the lack of dairy products. I will definitely be trying this recipe asap.

    1. Yeah, the words themselves did appear sketchy to me at first too, like it wouldn’t be “cake” without using the traditional ingredients. But, the pictures were what made me want to try it, and it was good.

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