Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr
From an old cookbook that belonged to Gram. It had section in it called Depression Era Cooking!
Make and share this Gram's Poor Man's Cake (Eggless & Milkless) recipe from Food.com.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cold black coffee
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (your choice) or 1 teaspoon brandy extract (your choice) or 1 teaspoon cherry extract (your choice)
- raisins or currants or pineapple or cherries or nuts or candied peel or cranberries or diced apple
- Bring to a boil the fruit, nuts, extract, salt, sugar, shortening and coffee.
- Continue to cook until raisins swell and liquid becomes syrupy; cool completely.
- Stir together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
- Add to fruit mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Pour into a greased 10-inch tube pan and bake at 325° about an hour (if heavy with fruit). Check with tester to be sure cake is done.
- Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
- At this point I soak a clean piece of cheesecloth in liquor; brandy, rum, even wine.
- Wrap the cake with the cloth and in foil--store in COLD place--check often, resoak as needed.
- There are no exact measurements for the fruit in this recipe--the original recipe stated "fruits, nuts & peels-whatever you have on hand".
- This was done because it was wartime and things for fancy baking were not always available.
This is the tastiest cake! I have made this with various combinations of fruit - both fresh and dried combined and it has been delicious each time. I have even replaced my family recipe for Christmas Cake with this one! I don't soak the cake in brandy after it is baked, but I do boil a 1/2 cup brandy with the fruit and coffee. Thanks for a wonderful keeper recipe!
I made this recipie except for the soaking in wine at the end. It only needed to be cooked half as long as the recipie stated. I am going to try it again with the addition of allspice.
I too passed up the soaking step, we liked it very much the way it came out. Kind of like a thick cookie filled with nuts and raisins, I cut it into small wedges. The coffee taste was quite prominent, almost a mocha taste with no chocolate. I used vanilla extract. I will make these again, they do bring back childhood memories, thanks for posting.