Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! Here’s how to make one for $1.73


Happy National Chocolate Cake day! Today only, you can eat chocolate cake to your heart’s delight. (Isn’t that how it works?)

But all jokes aside, here is the cheapest chocolate cake recipe we found — which added up to a grand total of $1.73 if you get your ingredients on Jet.com. (You could probably make your chocolate cake even cheaper if you bought the ingredients at Aldi!) 

Read more: Aldi can shave 33% off your grocery bill

How to make the cheapest chocolate cake ever

You probably have some of the ingredients already in your house, but here they are and the cost for each — if you’re in the mood to make the cheapest chocolate cake ever!

This completely vegan recipe is from Sprinklewithflour.com

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour ($.21)
  • 2 Cups sugar ($.33)
  • 1/3 Cup cocoa ($.11)
  • 1 tsp salt ($.03)
  • 2 tsp baking soda ($.03) 
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil ($.35)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar ($.03)
  • 2 tsp vanilla ($.64)
  • 2 Cups hot water (free) 

=Grand total: $1.73 

How to make it

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Pour the oil, white vinegar, vanilla, and hot water into the well.  Gently mix with a fork until combined.  Do not use an electric mixer.  Bake in an ungreased 9×13 baking dish, for 30-35 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.  Cool completely or at least until the cake is barely warm.

If you want to add a glaze, that’ll be a little extra, but it’s still super cheap. (Unfortunately though, it’s not vegan.) In order to make the glaze, check out the full recipe here

Read more: 15 ways to cut your grocery spending in half

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