You all know chocolate is my favorite and chocolate cake - my number 2 love (cookies will always be number 1, LOL) So while I was searching for a dairy free dessert this cake popped up. It's called a 'depression cake' - ok, instantly intrigued. When I read the recipe, I knew I needed to try it. It has no dairy and no eggs. How can it turn out?? I was ok with no dairy, knew that would work, but the no eggs got me. The result - a really good, dairy free, super moist chocolate cake. I've added a dairy free icing recipe, in case you need one, but this cake would be great with a sprinkle of icing sugar as well. If I was leaving it plain - I think I'd add in some diary free chocolate chips for an added chocolate boost - completely unnecessary but sometimes more is better (just saying). And, one more thing - I added the spider web for fun, but you can leave it plain or use some sprinkles if you want to dress it up.
Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
In a bowl, add in and give it a quick stir
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. b. soda
1/2 c. cocoa
Add in and mix until combined
3/4 veg. oil
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. cold water
Pour into your pans. I used 2 rounds, greased and lined with parchment but you can do this in a 9x12 pan as well (give it a bit of grease if you're not using parchment paper)
Bake at 350. Timinig will vary depending on your size of pan. About 25-30 minutes for a 9x12 and for the rounds about 1/2 that.
Let cool and frost.
Dairy Free Frosting **
Into the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together
1/2 c. dairy free margarine
1/2 c. cocoa
Slowly add in and beat until creamy
1 1/2 c. icing sugar
2 tbsp. oat milk (or your choice of dairy free milk)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
*you may have to add a little more milk, or a little more icing sugar - just make sure it's a spreadable consistency.
** if you're making this for a layer cake, you need to double the recipe to have enough for the top and sides
I made mine using a bit of both these ingredients just addin enough milk until it was a drizzle consistency.
dairy free milk
Using a small ziploc bag, add the icing to it, cut off a small bit of the tip.
Starting in the middle, make circles around the cake.
To make the web, drag a knife down thru the circles to create the web.