Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Poor Man's Cake

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Poor Man's Cake

I'm sure the Okie Sisters had this cake when we were growing up!

This recipe came out of the rationing that was done during World War II, when you had to use your eggs judiciously. This cake doesn't call for any eggs at all. And if there were recipes I post here that I could somehow force people to make, this would be one of them. This cake is fantastic, beyond what the simple list of ingredients would indicate.  (Original Author's note).

Poor Man's Cake

1 box of raisins
1 t baking soda
2 C sugar
1/2 C shortening
1 t salt
1 t ground cloves
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
4 C flour

Put raisins in 2 C of water in a saucepan and cook on med-high heat for 10 minutes. Remove from stove.

Add 1 C cold water and 1 t of baking soda; stir.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, shortening, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add raisin / water mixture. Add flour, mixing well.

Pour into a greased cake pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.

This cake is perfect for fall, full of raisins and spices, and it's very moist and dense.

1 comment:

  1. Since my beloved redneck hates rasins--is there a way I could substitute choc chips for them? Perhaps I can just use cold water with the chips in it, then proceed with the rest of the recipe? Hmmm...I'll give it a try this week, then let ya know how it turns out.