January 18, 2012

Depression Chocolate Cake

I've been trying to be good recently about keeping my sweet tooth in check but sometimes it gets the better of me.  Fortunately I have a few healthy (and quick!) dessert recipes stored up and when in dire need (like yesterday at lunch), I can make this delicious and moist chocolate cake.

Its title actually refers to the Great Depression when people wanted cake but couldn't afford butter and eggs however I prefer to think of it as a cake that you can indulge in when you're feeling lousy and not wake up to an extra 5 pounds the next day (it's only about 250 calories per piece).

Sift together:
1.5 c flour
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 c sugar

 Stir in:
5 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c cold water

 Pour into greased pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  
Remove cake from pan immediately.

Dust on powdered sugar to serve.


  1. wow this looks absolutely delicious! chocolate is my fav!

    love from San Francisco,

    1. Thanks!! I can assure you it is ;-)

  2. wow! A much healthier version of a chocolate cake?! I can't wait to try it! I'm such a sweet tooth and can't ever say now to desserts ;]