Depression Cake II

A surprizingly good cake that has no eggs, milk or butter in it. My gramndmother was quite proud of it.

Depression Cake II


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


1 In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, hot water, bacon grease, and raisins, over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.

2 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans.

3 In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Add the ingredients from the saucepan and mix until well blended. Divide evenly between the two prepared pans.

4 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


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