Recently, a friend of mine had a birthday…so I made her this cake.
What’s so special about this cake? you may ask. Well, this recipe for chocolate cake goes all the way back to the Great Depression. I usually call it the Great Depression cake, but as a blog post title, that’s not exactly enthralling. This cake is also called Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake–and today I decided to call it Zebra Cake.
Call it what you will, it’s yummy. And the best part? It can be mixed in one bowl (or in the pan you’re baking in).
During the Great Depression, there was often a shortage of butter, eggs, and milk, so this cake is made without all of these ingredients. It uses only water, and the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar for leavening.
Enough words…here’s the recipe (as a side note, I ground up oats for my flour). I also love this site, because she has other kinds of cake (not just chocolate) that can be made the same way! I can’t wait to try the other kinds 🙂
I mixed up some basic icing:
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. water
1 t. vanilla
Mix it all in a ziplock bag, cut a small snip out of the corner, and pipe it onto the cake. As you can see, you can do fun swirls, or just drizzle it on.