Depression Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

19 Jul

If I make a chocolate cake or cupcakes, this is the recipe I use. It’s pretty much easier than a cake mix.

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cold water or coffee
2/3 cup vegetable oil or liquid (warmed) coconut oil
2 tablespoons vinegar (usually apple cider, can use white)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat to 350′. Essentially, mix the dry, add the wet.
~Lately I’ve been doing this by putting all of the dry ingredients in the stand mixer, and letting it mix on speed 2 while I measure out the wet ingredients (aka, lazy cook sifting).
~Meausure out all the wet ingredients in the big, 8 cup measuring cup (or you could use a bowl, but that requires more washing).
~Pour the wet into the dry and mix until ‘just mixed’. Batter will be fairly runny.
~makes 23-24 cupcakes (22 min) or 2 9″ rounds (30 min). Cool completely (I put it in the freezer) before frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (H-E-B trans-fat free)
1/2 cup margarine (Smart Balance Light or Earth Balance is what I use)
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup cocoa
4 cups (1-16 oz bag/box) powdered sugar
3 Tbsp light corn syrup (optional, can use agave, honey or other liquid)
3-4 Tbsp soy milk/rice milk/water/coffee/liquer as needed

Beat the shortening, margarine and vanilla until incorporated. Add cocoa, powdered sugar and corn syrup (I stir it first before beating to avoid a mess). Beat until fluffy. Beat in the remaining liquid of choice until desired consistency is reached- firm for piping or spreadable.


3 Responses to “Depression Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Barbara Mack February 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    The recipe calls for adding two cups of water or coffee TWICE. DO NOT! Just add two cups of liquid–not four!

    • rm February 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks, I fixed that. I make it so often that I never noticed.

  2. Allison Land September 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Hey rm – it’s Brook’s friend Allison. Is this the recipe you used to make the chocolate cupcakes for ken’s party at Carousel? I seem to remember them having white icing (or maybe it was chocolate with some white also)… I so want to make these for my vegan husband’s birthday.

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