Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

Not your normal cake ingredients!

Not your normal cake ingredients!

Max and I planned a play date this week and my friend requested to come on Cake Day.  I love that Cake Day is an actual day at my house!  This week Cake Day was Friday.  My usual procrastinating self got up on Friday morning and got ready to clean the house and bake a cake all before noon.  Hmph!  I may have been able to manage all of that except for the fact that we had no eggs and Josh had the car.  Of course this would happen to me!

I got ready to text my friend, “No eggs. No car. No cake.” so that she wouldn’t be disappointed when she walked in.  As a last resort I did a Google search for “cake no eggs”. (Yes, that good ole Google again!)  I was surprised to see quite a few recipes pop up!  They were called Welfare Cakes, Depression Cakes, World War II Cakes and a lot of them had a family story to go with the recipe.  Each told similar tales of households on budgets, egg shortages and resourceful mothers and grandmas who wanted to bake a good cake with the ingredients they had on hand.  I was hesitant but thought it would be worth a try.  IT WAS WORTH THE TRY and I think you should try it too!  This cake is dairy free–no milk, no eggs, no butter!  I did end up using a frosting that was not dairy free, since that was not my end goal, but I’m sure you could use a different frosting and still enjoy this very good chocolate cake.

Meanwhile, the play date went very well.  I served the boys some yogurt and hemp hearts right before I brought the cake out.  Smart, right?  Anyway, I always put the hemp hearts in a little bowl so that Max can sprinkle his own on.  He seems to eat more of what I want him to eat when he feels in control of the process.  This time, Max and his friend, Tas, dumped and spread the hemp hearts all over the counter.  They used the excavator to spread them even further.  When they got their cake, Tax had the brilliant idea of scooping up some hemp hearts and unloading them on top of his chocolate cake.  I tried it too and told him it was definitely a good addition.  No joke, sprinkle some hemp hearts on your chocolate frosting.  It adds a nice little nutty crunch!

Tas says to use an excavator to sprinkle hemp hearts on your cake--it's yummy!

Tas says to use an excavator to sprinkle hemp hearts on your cake–it’s yummy!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
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This cake can made with ingredients you always have in your pantry. It is moist and delicious! Top with your favorite chocolate frosting and enjoy!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 TBS unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 TBS vegetable oil, liquid coconut oil should work too
  • 1 TBS white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Optional: 1 TBS hemp hearts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add oil, vinegar, vanilla and water and stir until evenly blended.
  4. Pour the cake batter into an ungreased cake pan (8x8).
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.
  7. Optional: after icing the cake, sprinkle with 1 TBS of hemp hearts.



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