During the Depression, when people rationed their eggs and butter, this simple, one-bowl cake became popular as an affordable way for families to get their chocolate fix with limited ingredients. It's conveniently vegan, and allergen-friendly, too -- it contains no peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, or eggs. Frost with any simple frosting, a glaze of powdered sugar/water/vanilla (if you want to keep it vegan) or just sprinkle with powdered sugar after the cake has fully cooled. —Andrea
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