This recipe dates back to the depression & war years, when eggs, butter & milk were rationed. You could find the recipe in government issued recipe booklets with suggestions on how to cook & bake without eggs & dairy.
The cake was known as Whacky cake, Depression cake, Eggless Butterless Chocolate cake, One Pan Chocolate Cake, Three Hole Chocolate cake, & a slew of other quirky nicknames it garnered throughout the years, but this is the first time I've seen it referred to as Chocolate Oil Cake!
This is a good basic chocolate cake recipe & without fail, it'll be moist everytime you make it.
I can assure you though, from years of baking this cake & the fact it calls for vinegar & soda for levening, you will receive a mixture of positive & negative feedback comments such as: 'I love this cake' ... 'this cake tastes great' .... 'This cake is wonderful!' ....
Or: 'Eww, I don't like this cake'... 'What's wrong with this cake?' 'Why does this cake taste funny?'...
Happy Baking!! : )
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This recipe dates back to the depression & war years, when eggs, butter & milk were rationed....