Friday, April 9, 2010

Chocolate Fridays - Ration Cake Recipe

Times have been harder with the economy sputtering along but nothing reminds me of what hard really is, like this recipe. Its from my Grandmother Ginny and it's a Chocolate Ration Cake Recipe. It amazes me how the cooks and bakers back in the 40's thought that if they replace eggs, butter and milk with baking soda, vinegar and vegetable oil you can get just as moist if not more moist chocolate cake.

I just can't imagine not being able to have butter, eggs and milk whenever I want. (says the girl with about 8 lbs of butter in her fridge)....I get annoyed when I can't find nutella on the shelf.

The recipe is resourceful, inexpensive and very easy to make. You blend it in the dish you bake it in. It has basically no clean-up besides the measuring cups and the fork you blend it with.

The only downside? No beaters to lick. Now that really is having it tough.

Chocolate Ration Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp white vinegar
2 cups water
6 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking sodea

Sift dry ingredients into a 13x9x2 baking dish. Make three wells for liquids. Put 2/3 cup oil in the first well, vanilla in the second well and vinegar in the third. Pour water all over and blend well with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. This recipe can be made in 2 8 in square pans as well.


  1. My kroger is always out of nutella too! I actually tried their brand of it & it's not too bad (not as great, but will do in a pinch). It did cost $3.00 less a jar so that was a good thing1 The cake looks great. I thought back then they had a sugar ration? 2 cups of sugar sounded like a lot.

  2. Another wonderful bake! And yet not too rich.

  3. Costco is NEVER out of Nutella!

    But wow, what a great recipe to have! Thanks!

  4. What a lovely idea and how resourceful.


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