Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is an old-fashioned recipe from the Depression days of the 30's. It contains no eggs.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups strong coffee (or water or apple juice)
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 2 cups dark raisins (or diced pitted prunes)
- 1 apple (peeled and shredded)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup nuts
- In a medium saucepan, simmer sugar, coffee, shortening, raisins and apple together for 10 minutes.
- Cool 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, all the spices and nuts.
- Pour the cooled mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour batter into a greased 13 X 9 inch pan.
- Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.
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.