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    Depression Spice Cake

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr

    20 mins

    40 mins

    Desperada's Note:

    This is an old-fashioned recipe from the Depression days of the 30's. It contains no eggs.

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    1. 1
      In a medium saucepan, simmer sugar, coffee, shortening, raisins and apple together for 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Cool 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, all the spices and nuts.
    4. 4
      Pour the cooled mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
    5. 5
      Pour batter into a greased 13 X 9 inch pan.
    6. 6
      Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 19, 2008


      I hate to waste ANYTHING, so I was looking for ways to use up left-over coffee. This fit the bill exactly! It is a very moist and dense cake. Quite simple to throw together. I was a bit worried that my liquids were too hot, but after it foamed up and then simmered down, I decided that the liquids had to be fairly warm to dissolve the baking soda. I did make one boo-boo...I grabbed up the ginger instead of all-spice. It was still very good! Next time I think I will cut the cloves to 1/2 teaspoon. It's kind of funny, raisins and nuts must have been cheap during the depression. Now they are pricier items than eggs. Desperada, thanks for a great new recipe! 3/19/08 update: If you make up Aroostook's Lemon Sauce , #87610 and serve it over this cake, it will definitely put it OVER THE TOP!! If the cake and sauce are cold, nuke it for about 30 seconds on high.

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    Nutritional Facts for Depression Spice Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (154 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 429.6
    Calories from Fat 133
    Total Fat 14.8 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 246.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 73.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 49.4 g
    Protein 4.9 g

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