Friday, April 1, 2011

Dairy-free, Egg-free Cake

My mother-in-law brought this cake up to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday last month.  Since we're always looking for cake recipes that don't call for butter, she sent the recipe my way, but I don't know where she got it. If you're so inclined you can mix all the ingredients for the cake right in the pan, but I ended up dumping all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mixing them that way first.  It was easy enough to mix in the wet ingredients in the pan.  The cake itself is really tasty, too, nice and moist.  My kids loved it anyway, and so did I.  We made it to celebrate my husband's birthday this week.
Bonus: this cake also happens to be egg-free, if that's important to you!

Three Hole Cake
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 c sugar
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa
1/2 t salt
1 T white or cider vinegar
1 t vanilla
1/3 c oil
1 c water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8 inch cake pan (you can serve it right from the pan in which case you don't have to bother greasing it).  Combine the flour, soda, sugar, cocoa and salt.  Sift together into the pan (I did not sift them, just mixed them together in a separate bowl first). Shake the pan to level the ingredients and make 3 holes in it it.  Vinegar in one hole, vanilla in the second, and oil in the third. Pour the water over the top.  Using a table forkk, mix vigorously making sure to get in all the corners and incorporate all the flour mixture.  
Bake at 350 for 30 mins (mine took 35) or until toothpick in center comes out clean.  Let cool for five minutes before turning out of pan or completely completely in pan. Then frost.


LauraSuz said...


Erin said...

I can't wait to try this!!

Erin said...

That frosting looks amazing, too. What kind is it?

Anne said...

Ah yes - the frosting! That would be Ducan Hines from a vanilla or maybe it was Pilsbury. Sadly I have yet to find a way to make good frosting without dairy but the factories can because they use some sort of soybean concoction in place of the dairy.