Chocolate Depression Cake-this recipe originates from the Great Depression. Also known as a Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake, it’s also egg-free and dairy free for those with allergy issues
My grandparents were all born in 1917/1918. When the Great Depression hit, they were old enough to understand why they had to ration and do without many things we take for granted today. They drank their coffee black because they learned to do without the luxury of cream and sugar.
It’s funny, but I don’t remember them talking much about that time period as a hardship. They were young, in their teens. I remember the stories of them walking to school in the snow, having to help out around the house with chores. No TV, just a radio to listen to in the evenings.
I sometimes envy the simplistic values of that time. Family, faith and hard work.
This Chocolate Depression Cake comes from that time. Just one bite and you’d never realize that there are no eggs, or milk. It’s moist, with a rich chocolate flavor.
The original recipe didn’t have frosting, and it doesn’t need it. You can just dust a little powdered sugar on top. Me, I like frosting, and we’re not in a depression, so why do without it?
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