No Egg No Milk Chocolate Cake

This is an old recipe from the great depression days and it’s moist and delicious!

For a larger cake double the recipe and use a large 9×13 baking dish.
White cake directions included at the end of this post.


1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 Cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Cup water


You can mix this in your greased 8″ baking dish if you want to. I prefer to mix it in a bowl and line the baking dish with parchment paper or waxed paper then grease.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the first 5 ingredients in your baking dish or bowl and mix well.

Next, and this is very important, make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients, 2 small ones and 1 large depression, and make sure they are deep enough to hold the liquid. I use the bottom of a measuring cup to make the depressions.

Pour vanilla in one depression, vinegar in the other, and the oil in the large depression.

Pour the water over it and mix well until it’s smooth. You don’t need to use a hand mixer. A spoon or works fine.

Bake on the middle rack for 30 – 35 minutes. Check it with a toothpick and when the toothpick comes out clean it’s done.
After it’s cool frost with your favorite frosting.
To make a white cake.
Omit cocoa.
To the recipe above add 3 Tbs flour, and increase vanilla by 1/2 tsp, to make a total of 1 1/2 tsp vanilla.

4 responses to “No Egg No Milk Chocolate Cake”

  1. pollyann says :

    That’s very interesting!!

    • Salty says :

      Hi Polly,
      It’s a good recipe for vegetarians, and people on a tight budget too.
      It will be fun to post recipes once in awhile. It takes time and keeps my mind off all the many different troubling goings on in the world.
      Did it show up on WP reader as a new post? Or did you see it in ‘Comments I’ve Made’?
      I’m still working on what all to write in Recipes, the 1st one, not the ones in the drop-down, and I added a “6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets” link to Dad’s True Russian Borscht.
      I’m still looking for the best site to go to for nutritional facts etc.

      • pollyann says :

        I think I figured this out before and forgot but new pages don’t show on my Reader, only new posts on the main page show up. I follow my blog on my Reader so I see any new posts I make there. My comments on Recipes page showed up under Comments I’ve Made.
        We all need wholesome distractions from the sewage!!

        • Salty says :

          Hi Polly,
          WP is screwing up! I didn’t see this comment here until a few minutes ago when I went to my email. It doesn’t show in the Notifications square at the top where likes comments, etc, are either.

          Reader hasn’t been showing the yellow new posts bar for many days either, so if I don’t scroll down far enough I sometimes miss seeing your new posts until I go to my email and I don’t go there often.

          Also, quite often my comments on your blog don’t show up in my ‘Comments I’ve Made’. Usually, but not only, this happens with your pages. For example your ‘Weather Chat’ page.

          Re “I follow my blog on my Reader so I see any new posts I make there.”
          I have never seen any of my posts in Reader.

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