Depression Cake

 Depression Cake!!! Sounds weird right???

Well, according to Wikipedia "A Depression cake is a type of cake that was commonly made during the Great Depression. The ingredients include little or no milk, sugar, butter or eggs, because they were then either expensive or hard to get. Similar cakes are known as "War Cake," as they avoided ingredients that were scarce or were being conserved for the use of soldiers. A common Depression Cake is also known as "Boiled Raisin Cake," or "Milkless, Eggless, Butterless Cake."

Found the recipe for this milkless, eggless, butterless and even bowless cake from Sweet Little Bluebird while searching for a butterless cake recipe...Worth baking!!! I coated the cake with chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Crazy Cake

Recipe Source: Sweet Little Bluebird

All-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3 tbsp
Castor Sugar - 1 cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
White vinegar - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Vegetable oil - 5 tbsp
Water - 1 cup

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Mix the first 5 ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.
  • Make 3 depressions in the dry ingredient - 2 small and one large.
  • Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in another and vegetable oil in the larger depression.
  • Pour water. Mix well until smooth.
  • Bake on middle rack of the oven for 35-40 mins. Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool.

Chocolate Ganache

Recipe Source: Easycooking

Chocolate -200gms
Fresh cream - 200ml

  • Chop the chocolate and keep aside in a metal bowl.
  • Heat the cream until it starts to bubble over the edges.
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute or two.
  • Stir well with a spoon. Refrigerate.
  • Ganache thickens as it cools. So if it is too thick, microwave it using 10 second spurts until it becomes the required consistency.

So, if you're in a depressed mood, why wait? Just put on your apron and start baking this cake and all your depressions would be gone once you taste the cake. *smiles*