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Lacking Ingredients? You May Still Be Able to Make 'Depression Cake'

Don't look now, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, "depression cake" is becoming popular again. 

If you're asking what exactly is "depression cake?" It's a cake that doesn't require milk, eggs, or butter and it became a thing during The Great Depression when food supplies were limited. Ingredients for the dessert include flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and a few other things from the pantry topped with whipped cream or powdered sugar.

The dessert, also known as "wacky cake" is becoming more and more popular as many are self-isolating and can't make it to the grocery store for supplies. 

Here is the recipe from salon.com:


 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or black cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cooled brewed coffee (or water)


  1. Preheat to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch round or square pan.
  2. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and the sugar. Poke three holes into the mix. Pour the vanilla, vinegar, and oil into each hole — or depression (see what I did there?) — respectively.
  3. Add the coffee and stir the ingredients until well blended. Add to the pan.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the top is set but springy. Cool the cake in the pan, then top with the frosting of your choice or enjoy plain.

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