Depression Cake I

Depression Cake I


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


servings 234 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 8.8 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.4g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.
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  1. 26 Ratings


I was looking for a cake that I could make w/o eggs. I tried this cake and it was very simple AND moist. The only change I made was that I din't have lard and I used oil instead. It did take tim...

This turned out great the first and third time. Delicious and moist. The second time I didn't wait for the mixture to cool and put too much flour - so becareful not to do this. Works well with o...

Great recipe! My little brother, (who is allergic to all dairy, eggs, etc.) has never had a cake before due to his severe food allergies. When I came upon this recipe, I was ecstatic to actual...

Our daughter is diabetic, so we needed a lower-carb version. In our experiment I used Splenda instead of sugar. I also used Craisins which made it colorful. The Splenda changes the carbs per s...

I made this recipe because it reminded me so much of a recipe I have called "Welfare Cookies", also made without eggs or butter. They are a soft cake-like cookie, and topped with a creamcheese ...

As a child growing up, my mom made this often. It was and is still one of my favorites! The only difference in my mom's recipe was she added a cup of chopped pecans that had been floured (so t...

I have been making this cake for years and my friends and famliy live it. At Christmas time I put candied fruit in it also, and it makes a great fruit cake. Friends who don't like fruit cake say...

This recipe is awesome. The cake is a spice cake and very dense. I used dried cherries instead of raisins. The cake is also better the day after you make it, so plan ahead it's worth the wait.

I just had to try this as an experiment. For what it is, it's amazing. I took the suggestion of cooking the shortening/raisin/spice/sugar mixture the night before and just letting it sit with a ...