Inspired by the popularity of Kid-Friendly Depression-Era Peanut Butter Bread, featured today on Theresa’s Reviews I am sharing a recipe for a delicious egg-free and milk-free Depression-era chocolate cake. To celebrate the fun of baking at home at this time, I’m giving away American Girl’s Depression-era doll Kit Kittredge and her accessories! One entry is to watch and like this video and another is to follow me on YouTube. Click below, and get credit for your entry at the bottom of this post.

Depression-Era Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water **May be substituted with coffee with parent approval

Depression-Era Chocolate Cake & Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll Giveaway

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 package cream cheese **This isn’t traditional, but it makes it taste much better!**

Depression-Era Chocolate Cake & Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll GiveawayDirections

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda until the dry ingredients are mixed well and become a light brown color. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix the remaining wet ingredients. The oil, vinegar, and water or coffee may not mix entirely, but whisk for a few minutes to help it combine.

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir as you combine it.


Depression-Era Chocolate Cake & Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll GiveawayLine an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper. Use a spatula to fill the cake pan with the ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Prepare the frosting while the cake bakes. You will use a mixer to make the frosting. Melt the butter for 20 seconds in the microwave. In the mixer, add the butter and cocoa powder, and use a spatula to mix it by hand until it sticks together.

Put in the remaining ingredients. The cream cheese isn’t a traditional Depression-era ingredient for this cake, but it made it so much better that we couldn’t resist!

Turn the mixer to a medium setting. Whip the mixer

Let the cake cool completely before using a spatula to add the frosting. Serve and enjoy!

Depression-Era Chocolate Cake & Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll Giveaway

Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll & Accessories Giveaway

Kit Kittredge was the seventh Historical Character of the American Girl Dolls. She represents the Great Depression era.

Her story shares the experience of living through a time of financial struggle, as many people would have in that time. Her father loses his business, their family must take in boarders, and their home may foreclose.

However Kit maintains a positive attitude and a spirit of goodwill towards the less fortunate. She is an inspiration to young girls living through the challenging times of the pandemic today.

You can enter to win a Kit doll and accessories! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

The winner was chosen, and it was Michelle!

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Depression-Era Chocolate Cake & Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll Giveaway

42 Responses

  1. Rachel Lauren

    Very cute idea making this recipe! I’ll have to try it soon while I quarantine at home. Always looking for new things to create, bake, etc. Thanks for posting!

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  2. mami2jcn

    My daughter loves Maryellen Larkin because of her snazzy 50s outfits.

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  3. Cindy

    I like Kit her clothes and accessories are very cute! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  4. Bridgette

    I commented on the simple meatball pizza with Raos homemade sause recipe

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  5. Jessi Housel

    My daughter went through a gymnastic phase so we are big fans of McKenna. Personally I love the historical dolls like Kaya and Josephina

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  6. Shasta Shippy

    It’s really hard to choose a favorite, but maybe I’d say Kaya

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  7. Jami Gilger

    This is super cool! I love the step by step directions to make the cake too.

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  8. mami2jcn

    I commented here–https://theresasreviews.com/trolls-world-tour-premiere-party-pack/

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  9. Julie Waldron

    My favorite doll is Molly, my daughter has her. I love that era in history & love her stories.

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  10. Cheryl B

    My favorite doll was Cinnamon. Her hair pulled out of the top of her head to create a long haired doll.

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  11. sandra

    My daughter likes her Lucinda doll although she calls her Emily.

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  12. Ana Castle

    Very cute! I forwarded this to my sister to try with my neice and nephews ❤️ My favorite doll is Samantha! 💞

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  13. Sarah B

    This recipe has been in my family for a long time. I make this cake several times a year. So delicious and easy.

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  14. Dandi D

    I personally really like the Welly Wishers dolls, but I’ve also always liked Samantha. My daughter would love Kit though!

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  15. NatureFairy38

    That sounds really yummy! I’ll have to try it sometime.

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  16. Jo B

    My favourite AG doll is Blaire! She is perfectly adorable!
    But on the whole the historical line is my favourite and Felicity has always been tops.

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  17. Cynthia C

    I’ve heard about depression era baking done without eggs and butter. We learn to make do and sometimes do it very well!

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  18. Cynthia C

    I commented on the Kid-Friendly Depression-Era Peanut Butter Bread post.

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  19. Angel

    This cake looks super yummy and Kit has always been one of my favs since we started collecting. I still haven’t got her yet.

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  20. kathy Persons

    My dad bought it for me for Christmas when I was two. He died a week before Christmas so it is a real treasure to me

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