This morning Maggie asked about how the cake turned out. So, here it is.
To be honest, not great. But, it was my own fault. The recipe is tried and true and came from a sitter Mr. Hippie and his brothers had when they were little. He’s been baking it since he was old enough to cook with great success. I however was in a hurry. I rushed and didn’t give the cake enough time so the center wasn’t finished and of course, the cake collapsed. My failure does not change the fact that this is a great recipe. It can be mixed in one bowl with minimal utensils and the result is a dense but not-too-rich chocolate cake.
Eggless Chocolate Cake
- 3 C. flour
- 2 C. sugar
- 1/4 C. cocoa
- 2 t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- 2 T. vinegar
- 3/4 C. oil
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 2 C. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until well blended but do not over mix.
Pour into a greased 9×13″ baking dish.
Bake 30-35 minutes. (Or, more importantly until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)
My cake failed for any number of reasons:
- I halved it and baked it in a greased pie plate.
- I trusted that after 38 minutes the cake was done and didn’t test it with a toothpick.
- I screwed up some other variable at any point in the process.
Who knows. Baking can be fickle. The cake still tasted yummy even though it wasn’t pretty.
So this isn’t the fanciest cake, but that wasn’t the point. Someone had a sweet tooth and cake was the cure. After baking up this cake Mr. Hippie and I pondered why people buy cake mixes. If you can bake a cake in one bowl and only dirty a couple of measuring cups and spoons, why bother with a mix? It doesn’t take any longer and tastes way better.