Chocolate Depression Cake – No Milk or Eggs! by Gordon Ramsay

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

Friends, today I have something you need in your life.  Chocolate Depression cake is something that is ridiculously simple and decadently delicious .

Why Is It Called A Depression Cake?

Recipes like this grew in popularity during hard times in our history when ingredients for typical cakes grew scarce. This one doesn’t need any milk or even eggs! It is kind of the fluffy cake version of my Mama’s Chocolate Cobbler. 

Don’t let the simple ingredients fool ya into thinking this is a run of the mill cake, though! Deeply chocolate and fluffy yet fudgey, it is similar to a Devil’s Food cake. We like it without icing as a great snack cake but you can add in some simple frosting to make it a dessert worthy of any table. 

Ingredients for Chocolate Depression Cake

Ingredients For Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

You’ll need:

  • All purpose flour,
  • Cocoa powder,
  • Sugar,
  • Baking soda,
  • Salt,
  • Cinnamon,
  • Vanilla,
  • Vegetable oil,
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Stirring Dry Ingredients for Wacky Cake

  • Stir together all of your dry ingredients first. 

Adding Wet Ingredients To Dry

  • Once your dry ingredients are mixed together, add in all of your wet ingredients. 

Chocolate Cake Batter all stirred up

  • Give that a stir until well combined. 

Pouring chocolate batter into cake pan

  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. 

Wacky Cake ready for oven

  • This batter is heavenly! 

Baked Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Can you smell it?  I sure can.  Wish you were here!
Iced Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk or Eggs!

Look at that beauty!

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake- Cut View

 I just topped it with a can of frosting but you can whip up a homemade frosting, glaze, or sprinkle a little confectioner’s sugar over the top. 

Look at this pretty little slice. Just waiting for you to eat it! 

Fork Cutting Into Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

There ya go! 

Bite of Wacky Cake on Fork


Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake

A dark chocolate Devil’s Food cake, make from scratch. No Milk or Eggs needed!


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch baking dish with a non stick spray. 
  • In medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 

  • Add in the vinegar, vanilla, oil and water and stir until well combined. Pour the batter into the baking dish.

  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Eat warm or cool completely and frost, if desired.

Tips for this recipe:

Now y’all know I’m all about dumping it all in a bowl and going for it but in this recipe it make sure you pay attention.

If you stir all your dry ingredients together first your batter comes together smooth as can be in no time at all. 

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Chocolate Depression Wacky Cake - No Milk Or Eggs!

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