This cake is so moist that you would swear it was from a box!

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center, and pour in the oil, vinegar, water and vanilla.

  • Mix well, then pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

167 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 29.6g 10% DV; fat 5g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 341.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2006
I substituted a few ingredients to make this recipe slightly healthier and it turned out great. I used 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 white flour, cut the sugar to 1 cup and used apple sauce instead of the oil. The cake had a great consistency and wasn't too sweet. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2012
This recipe dates back to the war/depression era, when eggs & dairy were rationed, or, in limited supply. The name of this recipe was plentiful back then. War Cake, Depression cake, Eggless butterless cake, Three hole chocolate cake, Chocolate oil cake, etc. Not once in that time was this recipe ever called, "Welfare cake" Re-naming this recipe Welfare cake is degrading to the many families & single mothers who have had to resort to welfare to get by. Being on welfare is embarrassing for a great many people. Having recipes labelled "welfare recipe" only adds to that embarrassment. Read More
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75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2012
This recipe dates back to the war/depression era, when eggs & dairy were rationed, or, in limited supply. The name of this recipe was plentiful back then. War Cake, Depression cake, Eggless butterless cake, Three hole chocolate cake, Chocolate oil cake, etc. Not once in that time was this recipe ever called, "Welfare cake" Re-naming this recipe Welfare cake is degrading to the many families & single mothers who have had to resort to welfare to get by. Being on welfare is embarrassing for a great many people. Having recipes labelled "welfare recipe" only adds to that embarrassment. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2006
I substituted a few ingredients to make this recipe slightly healthier and it turned out great. I used 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 white flour, cut the sugar to 1 cup and used apple sauce instead of the oil. The cake had a great consistency and wasn't too sweet. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
I love this cake I'm a college student and I made this cake with everything i had at hand so easy tastes great better than the box!I used Lemon Juice instead of vinager. Great thanks so much this one is definetly a keeper Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
I had a craving for chocolate one night but didn't have any milk on hand since we were due to go get groceries the next day. I found this recipe and tried it. I was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous moist texture and great chocolately flavour! It was amazing even without icing. I can only imagine how delicious it must be with a scoop of ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
It really does taste like cake from a box(which the kids all love). I added chocolate chips (1/4 cup) to the recipe for the added chocolate kick. I would make this again and let the kids help out. I'm fat gram conscious and this is a good lower fat recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2003
This recipe was very moist and dense but it definitely needed frosting so I added a strawberry glaze. Overall we enjoyed it and I was pleased that it was low fat. I also cut down on the fat content further by using half oil and half apple sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2010
This was a wonderful no egg cake! It turned out very well. I topped mine with a buttercream frosting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2008
This cake is wonderful! Very dense very filling and satisfying. I have made it twice in the past two weeks for birthdays and everyone has raved over it. Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2008
I made this cake last night with my husband and two girls. It was good but not the best I've ever had. We put cool whipped frosting on it (recipe from this site) and it was a nice light topping to this dense cake. I don't think I liked the vinegar in it. I will omit if I make this again. Read More
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