Healthier Chocolate Depression Cake

Happy 29th Birthday to my baby brother, Mark!

Happy 29th Birthday to my baby brother, Mark!

Do you ever feel like a date or a weekend comes up on you extra fast?  Like just yesterday it was last Monday and I hadn’t yet made a cake to post and then, wham, it’s the weekend already!  That is how it was yesterday.  Family dinner, mom was putting the final touches on the gravy and waiting on her buttermilk biscuits when she sighed and said, “We should have made a cake for Mark’s birthday!”

So I thought what kind of cake is simple, fast and delicious?  A depression cake!  But I’ve already made depression cakes so I decided to change things up and use spelt flour.  The cake turned out decently but to be honest it could have used some vanilla ice cream or some frosting because it is really dense!


Spelt Flour Chocolate Depression Cake
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This cake uses spelt flour, coconut oil and no dairy but you would never know it. The flavor is rich and the cake is super moist.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16
  • 1-1/2 heaping cups spelt flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid state
  • 1 cup room temperature coffee
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8 inch square pan with butter and dust well with flour.
  3. Stir together spelt flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar and set aside.
  4. Warm up coconut oil until it is liquid and add in coffee and vanilla.
  5. Pour over dry ingredients and mix with a whisk.
  6. Add apple cider vinegar and mix.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when you touch it.
  8. Allow to cool on a wire rack and then dust with icing sugar.


  • Judy King says:

    Thanks for the rescue!! It was good….but I must admit I was dreaming of frozen vanilla yogurt with it! That would have been perfect! Next time!

  • Heather says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever used spelt. Ever. I should try it.

  • DESMOND says:

    DEAR SIR OR MADAM: Is it true that spelt flour can help one to
    overcome depression? if so, we need to hear more about it.
    i have had depression for over ten years.

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