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Poor Mans Cake III

This recipe if from the l930's. My Grandmother gave it to my Mother and she gave it to me. Now I am a grandmother and passed it down to my kids. It's really good. You don't have to dirty your mixer for this one, just a big bowl.

Poor Mans Cake III


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 cups raisins 2 cups water 3/4 cup shortening 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves 3 cups all-purpose flour


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

2 In a saucepan mix brown sugar, raisins, water and shortening. Bring to a boil and boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

3 In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. When raisin mixture is cool, add to dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 or 40 minutes. Do not over bake or it will be too dry. Test after 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of cake should come out clean.

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We make a cake similar to this in the Cayman Islands...we call is Scripture Cake!
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