War Cake uses ingredients that were available to the average household during World War II. Great served with whipped topping!

War Cake


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied citron
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2 In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and water. Add raisins, nuts, candied citron, shortening, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon; bring to a boil and boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

3 Sift in flour and baking powder; stir until well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Leave in pan and cut into squares. .


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