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The Four Winds

Aired on January 08, 2022

Chocolate Depression Cake Recipe


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

Chocolate icing

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocao powder. Stir well. Combine 1 cup water, vanilla extract and vinegar in measuring cup. Add oil to bowl of dry ingredients, stir then add water mixture. Stir until cake batter is mostly smooth, scraping bottom of bowl. Pour cake batter in 8”x8” or 9”x9” baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Combine ingredients for icing. Top cake when cool.

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