This is a variant on Depression Cakes – cakes made without eggs or milk. They also have a parallel in cakes made during wartime, which used a variety of smart substitutions or interesting innovations. Frankly I consider it proof you can makes cake without milk or eggs – and applaud the innovators.
This one is made with chickpea flour for more protein and maple syrup for sweetness – not exactly things available in the times mentioned. The major challenge is stirring the flour to make sure it doesn’t lump up – try sifting it first.
Taste-wise it’s decent. Essentially think “scratch-made homemade cake” and you’re there. Nothing to write home about, until you realize you’re eating a gluten-free, vegan, chocolate cake made from bean powder. Then it’s pretty awesome.
- 1 ½ cup chickpea flour (you can use regular flour too)
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup maple syrup (you can use 1 cup sugar, but then mix it in with the dry ingredients and use 1 cup water below)
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 4 tbsp oil
- ¾ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all the dry ingredients together thoroughly. The cocoa powder helps determine if you blended it well – if the color is uniform, you’re good.
- Hollow out the center and 3 corners. In the center put the maple syrup, in one corner the vanilla, one the vinegar, and one the oil.
- Stir the ingredients together, blending the maple syrup and other “ends” together – saving the vinegar for last.
- Place in oven. Cook for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
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