Simple Eggless Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 50 mins

    This is my basic recipe for a simple chocolate cake. It's made without eggs and milk, great for people who are vegetarians or allergic to them.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 400g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 3 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons distilled cider vinegar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 500ml water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm (9x13 in) cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre, and pour in the oil, vinegar, water and vanilla.
    3. Mix well, then pour into the cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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    amazing...  -  15 Feb 2012


    Awesome......  -  05 Feb 2011


    This recipe dates back to the war/depression era, when eggs & dairy were rationed, or, in limited supply. The name of this recipe was plentiful back then. War Cake, Depression cake, Eggless butterless cake, Three hole chocolate cake, Chocolate oil cake, etc. Not once in that time was this recipe ever called, "Welfare cake" Re-naming this recipe Welfare cake is degrading to the many families & single mothers who have had to resort to welfare to get by. Being on welfare is embarrassing for a great many people. Having recipes labelled "welfare recipe" only adds to that embarrassment.  -  14 May 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)