Sunday, November 10, 2013

WAR TIME CHOCOLATE CAKE: VETERANS DAY

Tomorrow is Veterans Day (aka Remembrance Day, Armistice Day). My father was a decorated Veteran of WWII, so today I'm posting a recipe from that era. Times were hard during the War, on the battlefield and on the Homefront. This recipe is for War Time Chocolate Cake. I think it was slightly easier to get sugar and cocoa in the U.K. than other places, although I've seen several versions of War Time Chocolate Cake in various British war time cookbooks. Milk and eggs were rationed, so this cake, which is quite spongy, does without.

During the Second World War, you couldn't just walk into a store and buy as much sugar or butter as you wanted. Because these items were rationed, you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more). The government introduced rationing because certain items were in short supply.

Some things were scarce because they were needed to supply the military - gas, oil, metal, meat and other foods. Some things were scarce because they normally were imported from countries with whom we were at war or because they had to be brought in by ship from foreign places. Sugar and coffee were very scarce. Coca-Cola even stopped production during the war because sugar in great quantities was not available.

Everyone was given a ration book that contained ration stamps for different items. Grocers and other business people would post what your ration stamps could buy that week, but it was up to the individual to decide how to spend the stamps and possibly save up the items for a cake like this.

Support our Veterans!

WAR TIME CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon white vinegar
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup cold water

Directions:
In large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt.
Make three wells in the flour mixture. In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil. Pour the cold water over the mixture and stir until moistened.
Pour into 8 x 8-inch pan.
Bake at 350°F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it springs back when touched lightly.

4 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Thanks for sharing!

Book Dragon said...

do I have to use a hand mixer?

I've got a stand mixer. Can I put in the vanilla and mix, then vinegar/mix, then oil/mix, then water/mix?

Janet Rudolph said...

I think it's the even-ness of the mixing.. to make it like adding three different mixtures...not sure about a hand mixer, though, or if it matters.

Gaylin said...

We always called this Wacky Cake.

Stir with a spoon, don't worry, it will work.

To change it up a bit, lower the sugar to 2/3 cup and add one ripe smashed banana and some chopped pecans.

OR add 1/2 tsp peppermint flavouring.
OR some chocolate chips
or whatever you like.

Love this cake, I miss it since I have become allergic to grains. It was always my go-to easy cake to make.