1930's Emergency Cake Depression Era Recipe

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Jan. 13, 2021

1930's Emergency Cake Depression Era Recipe Old Cookbook Show - Glen Friends Cooking
This is a quick and easy all in one bowl dump and mix cake. A one-step vanilla cake that works really well, in spite of the simplified mixing method.


Flour 1 3/4 Cup (28 tbs)
Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Salt 1/4 Teaspoon
Baking powder 2 1/2 Teaspoon
Shortening 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Milk 2/3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
Egg 1
Vanilla 1 Teaspoon



1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.


2. Combine and mix all ingredients.

3. Beat well for 3 minutes.

4. Bake in a 7x7” pan for about 20+ minutes; until a cake tester comes out clean.


5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 6