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Chocolate Depression Cake



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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (or cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


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Step 1

1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, vinegar, oil and water. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined and no lumps remain.

3. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 square pan.

4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

6. For the frosting: Melt butter in a small saucepan (or in the microwave using a microwave safe dish.) Stir in cocoa powder, mixture will form a thick paste.

7. Transfer chocolate mixture to a medium size mixing bowl. With mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

8. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer to medium high speed and beat about 5 minutes, until frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread on top of cooled cake.

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