Chocolate orange depression cake is tasty and easy to make!
Chocolate Orange Depression Cake is a simple to make, vegan and gluten-free version of the old-fashioned recipe that uses commonly found pantries.
What is depression cake (and water cake) ?!
During the depression, when times were tough and certain foods were scarce, inventive chefs improvised and created what they had. That's always good advice, in my opinion. Use what you have. Because that's all you've ever got anyway. Amirite?
Still … Back in the depression, eggs, milk, shortening and / or butter may be expensive or not available at all. Back then, just like today, home bakers discovered that we don't need these items to have delicious, tasty dishes, and that even delicious desserts can be made without them. The cakes made without were called "Depression Cakes" or "Water Cakes". On the plus side, they were accidentally vegan or almost vegan.
This chocolate orange depression cake is also gluten free!
This recipe goes just a step further and is like all Planted365 recipes vegan and also gluten free. If you do not have these flours available, just use your favorite GF blend. My favorite pre-made GF flour mix is THIS. If you do not need to be GF, simply replace the GF flour with the same amount of plain flour for all purposes and omit the xanthan gum.
I love orange and chocolate together. It's one of my favorite flavor combinations. So I've added so orange extract here as well as some delicious ginger. It's a great blend of flavors. But just like with the original depression cake (or watermelon), just leave these out if you don't have them available or don't like them as much as I do. It doesn't change anything in the recipe in general except for the taste.
This recipe probably makes for an 8 ″ round or square cake pan.
I didn't make frosting for it and instead dusted the top of the finished cake with powdered sugar and added a few orange slices. It is so beautiful that I want to paint it! Also good!
Chocolate Orange Depression Cake Vegan gluten-free recipe
Chocolate Orange Depression Cake is a simple to make, vegan and gluten-free version of the old-fashioned recipe that uses commonly found pantry.
- 1/2 cup white rice flour see recipe notes on flour
- 1/2 cup of tapioca starch or tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon finely ground flaxseed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum can omit or use 2 teaspoons of psyllium shells instead
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger ginger optional
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil, any
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1 t orange extract option
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 3/4 cup of water
- powdered sugar
- orange slices
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease an 8 "round or square cake pan. Optionally, a layer of parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan can make the cake even easier to come out when baked.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
Add the wet ingredients and mix with a hand mixer or wooden spoon for a few minutes until all ingredients are well integrated.
Pour in the prepared cake pan and bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes until the center is done. It will feel resilient and will not bulge easily.
Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan until the cake can be turned out of the pan and placed on a cooling rack.
Cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar and add a few orange slices and / or grated orange peel.
If using a packed gluten-free flour, simply replace the three flour listed with 1 1/2 cup of your preferred gluten-free flour. You still need to add flaxseed, but can omit xanthan gum if your flour already contains it.
If using regular flour, simply replace GF flour and xanthan gum with 1 1/2 cup of all flour.
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