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Chocolate Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream (eggless, gluten-free)

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Chocolate Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream with step by step photos. Chocolate Depression Cake is also known as War Cake was first made during the Great Depression. This cake is made without eggs, milk, and butter.

What is Chocolate Depression Cake?

Depression Cake is known as Wacky Cake or War Cake dates back to World War I. This type of cake was made during wartime when there was a shortage of eggs, milk, and butter.

Despite the Depression Chocolate Cake not containing eggs, milk, and butter, it is actually very moist. Top it with a Mocha Buttercream on top which makes it taste even better, and yes, Mocha Buttercream does indeed contain butter.

Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream while in Quarantine

Somedays I just want dessert with a cup of tea/coffee to make myself happier. Baking is therapeutic for me, but I try to bake in moderation since I don’t particularly like eating too much sugar. I delivered this delicious Eggless Chocolate cake to family and a few friends. Who doesn’t love homemade cake while in quarantine? This chocolate cake is super easy to make and I’m sure you’ll have all these ingredients on hand.

How has Chocolate Depression Cake been modified?

  • The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, I used 3/4 cup. Personally, I like my desserts sweet, not painfully sweet.
  • Originally, all-purpose flour is used in this recipe, I modified this to use gluten-free flour. They are both interchangeable.
  • Traditionally, there is no frosting on this cake, I topped mine with a Mocha Buttercream which is made with butter.

Chocolate Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream is:

Moist
Delicious
Affordable
Simple
Eggless Dessert
Gluten-free (or you can use all-purpose flour for a gluten cake)

How to make Chocolate Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream recipe step by step?

Make the Cake

1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients… gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. All-purpose flour works just fine.
2. Stir dry ingredients.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry… vanilla extract, vinegar, oil, and water.
4. Mix until well combined, do not overmix.

5. Pour the batter into a greased square pan.
6. Into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Make the Mocha Buttercream

1. Over a double-boiler on medium heat, add chocolate. The chocolate will take about 5-7 minutes to melt.
2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.
3. To the butter, add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and instant coffee mixed with 1 tsp of water.
4. This is now Coffee Buttercream.

5. Once the chocolate is melted, let it cool for about 10-15 minutes. DO NOT ADD HOT CHOCOLATE TO THE BUTTERCREAM, ELSE IT WILL MELT.
6. Slowly add the cool and melted chocolate to the buttercream.
7. Mix well… this will turn into Mocha Buttercream
8. Once the cake cools, frost it with the Mocha Buttercream.

9. Slice into 16 pieces. Enjoy the cake with a cup of coffee, or tea!

 

Enjoy!

 

More Chocolate Desserts!

  • Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
  • Absolute Best Chocolate Brownies
  • Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Almond Buttercream & Coconut
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Chocolate Depression Cake with Mocha Buttercream (eggless, gluten-free, vegan – the cake part)

Eggless, Gluten-Free, Vegan (just the cake portion)

Chocolate Depression Cake is also known as War Cake was first made during the Great Depression. This cake is made without eggs, milk, and butter. It has been slightly modified since I used less sugar, gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour, and I topped it with mocha buttercream.

4.98 from 92 votes
Author: Nisha (slightly adjusted from original)

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Servings 16 squares
Calories 222 kcal

Ingredients

  

for the Chocolate Depression Cake

for the Mocha Buttercream

Instructions

 

How to make Chocolate Depression Cake recipe step by step?

  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients… flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. All-purpose flour works just fine.
  • Stir dry ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry… vanilla extract, vinegar, oil, and water.
  • Mix until well combined, do not overmix.
  • Pour the batter into a greased square pan.
  • Into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

How to make Mocha Buttercream?

  • Over a double-boiler on medium heat, add chocolate. The chocolate will take about 5-7 minutes to melt.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • To the butter, add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and instant coffee mixed with 1 tsp of water.
  • This is now Coffee Buttercream.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, let it cool for about 10-15 minutes. DO NOT ADD HOT CHOCOLATE TO THE BUTTERCREAM, ELSE IT WILL MELT.
  • Slowly add the cool and melted chocolate to the buttercream.
  • Mix well… this will turn into Mocha Buttercream
  • Once the cake cools, frost it with the Mocha Buttercream.
  • Slice into 16 slices. Enjoy a piece with a cup of coffee, or tea.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 177IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Keyword Cake, Chocolate, Depression Cake, Wacky Cake, War Cake
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