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Gender roles are obviously well entrenched in Amish society, although that does seem to be changing gradually. There was an Amish woman I met in Geauga County recently who sounded a very unusual note when she told me that she liked to “focus on running the families businesses and not staying home and cranking out babies.” Yes, those words from an Amish woman. I couldn’t believe my ears. But she definitely was/is not the norm. Most Amish women still stay home and raise families and perhaps participate in a home-based business. Which brings me to this cake, I suppose when you work as hard as most Amish women do you can be forgiven for wanting an easy to whip up cake. This cake could be considered vegan, a surprise, because there is no egg in the recipe. That’s not an omission. But this quirky cake is good with a thick layer of frosting. This is a photo of it. LAZY WOMAN’S CAKE 2 cups white sugar 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cocoa 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda 1 scant cup cooking oil 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 cups cold water Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda in large bowl. Sift in cocoa powder, and wisk all together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Mix until thoroughly combined into a smooth batter. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely, then frost.