Depression Cake I recipe

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1 cup shortening
2 cups water
2 cups raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups white sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Nutrition Info

234.3 calories
carbohydrate: 38.4 g
cholesterol: : -
fat: 8.8 g
fiber: 1 g
protein: 2 g
saturatedFat: 2.2 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 54.9 mg
sugar: 23.9 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  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 9x13 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.

Recipe Yield

1 9x13-inch cake

Recipe Note

This was my mother's, it has sugar, but no eggs, no butter and no milk. It's from the Depression-era.

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