chocolate cake

My mom used to make a version of this cake when I was a little kid. The internet tells me this kind of cake was popular in the depression, when people didn’t always have eggs and milk around. Wa-la, awesome vegan/poor man’s cake. If you want to make people oo and aah, bake them this cake. If it’s somebody’s birthday, bake them this cake. If you have to bake lots of cake for a Sunday matinee concert to raise money to repair a moldy concert room, bake this cake—it makes 20-25 pieces. If you have a big cake pan and a fork, but no bowl, bake this cake—you make it right in the cake form. If you have a friend convinced that all vegan baking results in heavy flour bricks, bake them this cake. It is delicious, even without frosting.

Click Clack Cake!

In a pretty big cake pan (we’re talking like a foot by more than a foot here, for all smaller pans, halve everything) combine:
6 cups flour
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup cocoa
and, if you have it lying around, a few pinches of vanilla or vanilla sugar. If not, no big deal.

Mix everything together with a fork until the cocoa is evenly spread out among the flour. Don’t forget to get the extra bits in the corners.

Dig two little holes in your dry-ingredient mixture. In one hole pour 1 + 1/2 cups vegetable oil (any kind is fine, but I wouldn’t recommend olive oil because then the cake ends up tasting kind of weird) and in the other, 4 tablespoons vinegar. Then pour 4 cups of cold water all over everything, and mix with your fork until smooth and even.

Bake for 45-55 minutes at—oh crap, my oven doesn’t have temperatures on the knobs, just numbers from 1 to 8, so bare with me— about 4 or 5. To check if it’s done stick a knife in the cake. When it comes out clean it’s finished.

0 Comments on “chocolate cake

  1. Sounds yummy! I actually found a vegan choc. cake recipe that I have to e-mail you. It uses spelt flour, ground flax seed and other great ingredients. Funny thing is I found it in a magazine full of meat recipes! Hoozah!
    BTW – what’s a cake form? Is it a regular pan? That’s all I have. A 9″x11″ baking pan.

  2. Spelt flour and ground flax seed are a bit too expensive for me most of the time, but send away.

    And by cake form I mean cake pan, yes. We have one that’s the shape of a dog and let me tell you, it’s a damn pain in the ass to get clean afterward.

  3. I love that you are spelling it “wa-la.” It’s adorable. Cake sounds delicious.

  4. That’s how I feel about my vegetable shaped tins. They are adorable when you have tiny chocolate carrots and peas, but try cleaning the damn pan and you’ll wish you never made them.

    Oh and if you can get it try maple syrup instead of sugar sometime. It creates delicious results.

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