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


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


    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.


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