Amy says: "This cake was popular during the depression, and does not have eggs in it."
MamaNags says: "Amy's being modest; she makes the cake sound plain. This cake is TERRIFIC! No wonder it was popular during the depression. So if you're depressed, this chocolate cake will sure lift your spirits like crazy. By the way, it's also easy to make. Don't worry about the vinegar, it's there to make the cake rise and believe me, you won't taste it. Some tips for this cake: 1) it tastes better the next day and 2) it tastes especially good topped with Betty's Chocolate Fudge Icing (see picture). Enjoy!"
3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
2 cups (400 g) white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup (45 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar (this can be your plain ole' white vinegar or the fancy apple cider vinegar)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (475 ml) cold water (If I got milk, I would use it instead of water)
1. Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into a 9 x 13 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.