Monday, September 21, 2009

Wonder Chocolate Cake

Got the chocolate munchies late last night and wanted something quick so I pulled this recipe from my Mom's collection. She has Grandma written on the card. Also known and Wacky cake, the recipe became popular during war times as well as during the depression when it wasn't easy to get butter and eggs.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Put in shifter (ha!) below ingredient all together and sift in 8x8 cake pan (ungreased)
1 1/2 c flour
3 T cocoa
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
1 t baking soda

If you don't use a sifter, then mix up dry ingredients with a fork until well blended.

Make 3 holes in the dry ingredients (1 large and 2 small). In large hole add 6 T vegetable oil, in 1 small hole pour 1 T vinegar and in the other small hole pour 1 t vanilla.

Pour 1 c cold water over mixture and stir with fork but do not beat. Stir quickly until just a few streaks of flour mixture remain. Since this recipe has no eggs in it, when the vinegar and baking soda meet their reaction causes the batter to rise.

Pop in a 350° oven for 35 minutes. Let cool and dust with powder sugar.

Tim is often suspicious when I bake something. I guess he expects baked goods to have flax seed or some kind of fruit replacement for shortening or extra fiber or some other hidden ingredient. Since he is also nut-sensitive maybe he is just making sure I'm not trying to poison him. When he accused me of doing something to the cake I realized that it is a special cake - its vegan!

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