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Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Cake got its start during the depression, when dairy wasn't always available.  This cake recipe is an oldie but a goodie!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, chocolate, dairy free, easy dessert, easy recipe, no dairy


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cooking spray
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Prepare an 8 inch cake pan with cooking spray.  

  3. Inside your pan whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda together.

  4. Next, make 3 holes in the flour mixture.  

  5. One large enough to hold the oil and two smaller holes perfect to each hold the vanilla an vinegar.  

  6. Then add oil to the large hole and vinegar and vanilla to each of the other holes.  

  7. You should now have a pile of flour with a hole filled with oil, another with vanilla and the last with vinegar.  Strange I know but this works.  

  8. Pour water slowly into the pan, on top of everything.  

  9. Stir until only a few streaks of flour remain.  

  10. Place cake immediately into your oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  

  11. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.  Cool in pan and dust with powdered or icing sugar.  Serve and enjoy!