I love Carla Emery's book The Encyclopedia of Country Living, The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself
Carla gives gardening tips, livestock care basics, recipes, green living advice from before green living was cool, rural living anecdotes and folklore, encouraging yet sobering advice on homesteading and more. All you need to start living the "simple" life.
And one of the things I love in this book is this chocolate cake recipe.
Jeanie Johns' cake
Mix 1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Melt 6 tablespoons of shortening. ..butter or oil works. I used coconut oil
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water
1 tsp vanilla
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes in a 8x10 pan
Now you need a creamy frosting to top this baby and I found one at All Recipes.com
Let me tell you...the troops enjoyed this one 3 times so far and you will be doing yourself a favor baking this one.
Let me know how it turns out!