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Chocolate Orange Depression Cake Vegan Gluten-Free Recipe

Chocolate Orange Depression Cake is a simple to make, vegan and gluten-free version of the old-fashioned recipe that uses commonly found pantry items. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword chocolate depression cake, depression cake, vegan depression cake, water cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 170 kcal


Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, any
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp orange extract optional
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Grease one 8" round or square cake pan. Optionally, a layer of parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan will make the cake even easier to get out once baked.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients and stir together until well mixed.

  4. Add in the wet ingredients and mix with a hand mixer or wooden spoon for a few minutes until all ingredients are well incorporated.

  5. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes, until the center is done. It will feel springy and will not dent easily.

  6. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan until the cake can be turned out of the pan and placed on a cooling rack.

  7. Cool completely and then dust with powdered sugar and add a few orange slices and/or grated orange zest.

Recipe Notes

If using a packaged gluten-free flour, simply replace the three flours listed with 1 1/2 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour. You must still add the flaxseed but can omit the xanthan gum if your flour already contains it.

If using regular flour, simply replace the GF flours and xanthan gum with 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Depression Cake Vegan Gluten-Free Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.