Saturday January 22, 2011


Bannock 'n Beans  

Depression Era Cake Cheap And Quick

No eggs or milk in this recipe

Craig Hill/Voice


This depression era cake is fast and simple and tasty perfect for Saturday guests.


ere's a recipe I found on the net from the 1930s. This morning it was done before 9am. Very little muss or fuss. Even though the recipe called for no eggs or milk the result was surprising. It fluffed up in the pan and because I greased and floured the pan it came out with crispy edges. I did scrimp a bit on a couple of ingredients because I was running low after we tested this recipe last week.


3 cups of flour

2 cups of sugar

6 tablespoons of cocoa

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

cup of oil

2 tablespoons of vinegar

2 cups of cold water


Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt in an ungreased 9x13 pan. Make 3 depressions in the cake; into one pour the oil, into the second pour the vinegar and into the third pour the vanilla. Then pour the cold water over everything and mix with a fork until blended. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 35 to 40-minutes.


This recipe also makes about 26 cupcakes. Bake for 20-minutes.


Options are walnuts. I'm sure if you try it you'll like it, save the eggs and milk for breakfast.


Truth be told, I did everything wrong. I greased and floured the pan when you're not supposed to. I poured it all into the mixing bowl and let the machine whip it instead of forking the ingredients together gently.


Our initial test cake last week was much better when prepared by a member of the opposite gender who knows what she's doing in a kitchen. After all that, the cake still baked. ☺


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