Depression Era Chocolate Potato Cake

Depression Era Chocolate Potato Cake

Using potatoes in place of flour was a tactic used in the Great Depression era to save money. This Depression Era Chocolate Potato Cake is an old-fashioned recipe for a deliciously moist chocolate cake you just have to try. Although including mashed potatoes in this cake recipe from scratch may seem strange, you'll never question it again after tasting a bite of this cake. This is a great dessert recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes!

Cooking Time30 min


  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup soft margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup unseasoned mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch layer cake pans.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, margarine and sugar together, then add eggs (beaten) one at a time. Add the melted squares of unsweetened chocolate and let cool.
  3. Mix in the mashed potatoes, cold coffee and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Add the chopped nuts.
  4. Pour in ingredients and bake for 30 minutes or until done.


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What drew me to this cake was the word 'potato'. I am constantly looking for recipes which I can make gluten-free. I see that you do add in flour as well as the potato but that is not a problem as I will use the gluten-free flour. This is still very interesting and worth a try. I can't wait to try it. I love making awesome looking cakes which look mouthwatering and then telling my friends what is actually in the cake. I want to make this and post a picture. It's a keeper!


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