Chocolate Depression Cake

Indulging in a slice of rich, moist Chocolate Depression Cake can turn a gloomy day into a delightful one. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the ingredients, the step-by-step process of making this delectable treat, and share some personal insights to enhance your baking experience.



For the Cake:

Ingredients Quantity
All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
Sugar 1 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
White vinegar 1 teaspoon
Vegetable oil 1/3 cup
Water 1 cup

For the Frosting:

Ingredients Quantity
Butter 2 Tablespoons
Unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup
Powdered sugar 1 cup
Milk (or cream) 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon


  1. Combining Dry Ingredients: Start by combining flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. This forms the base of our delightful cake.

    Pro tip: Sift the cocoa powder to ensure a smoother texture.

  2. Blending Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix vanilla, vinegar, oil, and water. Add these wet ingredients to the dry mixture, ensuring a lump-free batter.

    Insight: The combination of vinegar and baking soda creates a reaction that enhances the cake’s texture.

  3. Baking the Cake: Pour the batter into a greased 8×8 square pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Personal touch: The aroma of chocolate filling your kitchen is the first sign of the magic happening.

  4. Cooling Before Frosting: Allow the cake to cool completely before applying the luscious frosting.

How To Make Frosting

  1. Melting Butter and Cocoa: Melt butter in a saucepan or microwave, then stir in cocoa powder to create a thick paste.

    Tip: Use high-quality cocoa for an intense chocolate flavor.

  2. Creating the Frosting: Transfer the chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.

    Insider info: Be patient during this step; it’s the secret to the perfect, velvety frosting.

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