How to Make Delicious and Affordable Depression Cake

The Great Depression was a difficult time in American history, but despite the challenges, people still found ways to enjoy life, including baking sweet treats like Depression Cake. This simple and affordable cake was a staple in many households during the Depression, and it is still enjoyed today as a nostalgic and delicious treat. This recipe does not require dairy or eggs which was expensive and scarce at that time.
Depression Cake

I made my Depression Cake using the recipe below, but instead of pouring the batter into a 9x9 inch baking pan, I used a mini 4 set loaf pan. 

If you're looking for an easy and affordable dessert that is sure to please, Depression Cake is the perfect choice. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make this classic cake.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup cold water

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the vanilla extract, oil, vinegar, and water to the dry ingredients. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve the cake plain or with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar mix, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Depression Cake is a classic dessert that is simple, affordable, and delicious. With its rich chocolate flavor and tender, moist texture, this cake is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. Best of all, it's made with basic pantry staples, so it's an easy and affordable way to enjoy a sweet treat without breaking the bank.

If you're looking for a nostalgic dessert that is both comforting and delicious, try making Depression Cake today. You'll love its rich chocolate flavor, tender texture, and easy preparation. So why wait? Grab your apron and get ready to bake!