Depression Cake I Be The First To Review By Anonymous recipe Comments | 0 Favorites | 9 Print This was my mother’s, it has sugar, but no eggs, no butter and no milk It’s from the depression era. Depression Cake I Ingredients 1 cup shortening2 cups water2 cups raisins1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground nutmeg1 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground cloves2 cups white sugar3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda Instructions 1 In a saucepan combine the shortening, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove form heat and let stand until cool. 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking pan. 3 Stir the flour and baking soda into the cooled raisin mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan. 4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.